Orioles activate Taylor Teagarden off DL; designate Chris Snyder

HOUSTON -- The Orioles swapped back-up catchers on Tuesday, with Taylor Teagarden coming off the disabled list and Chris Snyder being designated for assignment.

Teagarden was placed on the DL on April 29 with a dislocated left thumb that he suffered after taking a foul tip off his catching hand in Oakland.

"It's been a lot of different things, frustrating, kind of nerve-wracking," Teagarden said. "Watching games on TV and you're not with the team, it hurts that much more to see the team lose, because you want to be there."

Teagarden played in several extended spring training games and then three more in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Norfolk — in which he had one hit in 13 at-bats — and said he felt no pain catching or swinging a bat.

"The catching part was a real easy transition. The hitting took about a week or two to get going," said Teagarden, who was hitless in 13 at-bats with the Orioles before the injury. "But I'm really pleased with the way I feel."

Manager Buck Showalter said Teagarden likely will start Thursday afternoon and Sunday afternoon.

Snyder, who hit .117 in six games, has been designated for assignment, meaning the club has 10 days to do something with him (trade, release, etc). It's basically a way to bide time with the veteran backstop. Because Snyder has an option remaining and has enough service time to refuse a minor league assignment, he will take some time to observe his market and see if he can land a big league job. The Orioles would like him to join their Triple-A club at Norfolk.

"Hate to lose Chris, but glad to have [Teagarden] back," Showalter said. "Hopefully we will have them all by the end of the [decision] day."

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