Teagarden, Markakis, Chavez could return after All-Star break
By EDUARDO A. ENCINA
The Baltimore Sun|
Jul 04, 2012 | 6:11 PM
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he's hoping to get right fielder Nick Markakis (wrist surgery), catcher Taylor Teagarden (back) and outfielder Endy Chavez (hamstring) back after the All-Star break.
All three could head to Double-A Bowie for rehab assignments by the weekend. Teagarden, who has been out since spring training, caught a Gulf Coast League game today and will join the Baysox on Thursday. Markakis and Chavez could head to Bowie by Friday.
Teagarden's impending return is an interesting one. It appears he would join the team immediately once he's ready physically, signaling the end of Ronny Paulino's time with the Orioles.
Roberts back to Baltimore
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, placed on the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday's game in Seattle, flew back to Baltimore on Wednesday to undergo tests on his right hip.
Roberts was initially placed on the DL with a a strained right groin, but he is scheduled to receive a magnetic resonance angiogram to determine the severity of the pain he's also feeling in his right hip.
"I talked to him some in the dugout last night and obviously he's pretty frustrated about the whole thing," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Roberts, who has played in just 115 games since the beginning of the 2010 season.
"To get back to this point and have this setback, just going to try to get through it," Showalter added. Hopefully we can get him back after the [All-Star] break."
Roberts, who missed nearly 13 months recovering from multiple concussions, has played in only 17 games since being activated from the disabled list last month. He is hitting .182 with two runs scored, no home runs and five RBIs this season. He only has two hits in his last 25 at-bats.
In Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Mariners, rookie outfielder Xavier Avery began his third stint with the Orioles this season -- he was recalled when the club placed Roberts on the DL -- and like the previous two, he was an immediate contributor.
A day that began with a 6 a.m. cross-country flight ended with Avery's first three-hit game of his big-league career.
In his previous two times in the major leagues this year, Avery's speed has given the Orioles a boost atop the batting order. And Tuesday was no different. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez was dominating until Avery led off the top of the sixth inning with a single, starting the team's four-run rally.
"Before I went up there, I was just thinking, 'I want to get him in the stretch,'" Avery said. "Mainly, I went up there that time and wanted to get him out of the stretch and get him thinking about me over there."