Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph said after his second game behind the plate on a rehab assignment at High-A Frederick that he'd catch one more game for the Keys before joining the Orioles for activation Thursday in Seattle.
"Hopefully if everything goes well, I think we'll get on a plane and head to Seattle," Joseph said. "Hopefully, no delays or any air-traffic control problems, and be activated for Thursday's game. I feel great, and ready to go. There's a light at the end of the tunnel. It's exciting."
Joseph had four plate appearances in the Keys' 7-0 win at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. He doubled, was hit by a pitch, walked, and had a sacrifice fly in what was his 11th overall rehab game since undergoing testicular surgery after a foul ball hit him in the groin on May 29.
In the first three innings of the game, fellow rehabber Vance Worley threw to Joseph and retired all nine batters he faced on 31 pitches. Worley went on the disabled list with a groin injury two weeks ago and was able to be activated Tuesday, but took his second rehab outing instead.
Worley, too, said he's ready to rejoin the Orioles.
"Overall, I thought it went well," Worley said. "I kept the ball down. I was able to throw different pitches today. My last outing, it was hard to set up any pitches and use them the way I would like. I think Caleb being back there, he had an idea of how I like to pitch. … No groin issues. My arm felt well. I'm just excited to hopefully be on my way out of here and join the team again."