WASHINGTON — Corban and Caleb Joseph waited a long time to play in the major leagues together, but they didn’t have long to savor the opportunity.
The day after they appeared in the same game for the Orioles, Corban was optioned back to the Bowie Baysox to make room on the major league roster for the return of starting pitcher Andrew Cashner from the disabled list.
“Just had to make room for a starting pitcher today,’’ manager Buck Showalter said. “Corban presented himself well, and we'll let him continue with what's a really good season [in Bowie]. “But we have some guys right now who are a little more versatile.”
He appeared in four games and — though he was 1-for-9 at the plate — had a handful of meaningful at-bats. He had a hit in his first game in an Orioles uniform and drew a tough ninth-inning walk in an important situation Saturday. His pinch-hit RBI groundout in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Nationals gave the O’s a one-run lead, but it didn’t hold up.
That plate appearance came right behind one by his brother, who walked to load the bases, but the first time they ever played together in the big leagues was bittersweet.
"It's a little tough to analyze right now,’’ Caleb said after the loss. “Maybe when the sun comes up. Actually, when I was trotting to first base, I did realize, that's kind of cool, two Josephs back to back.
"At that point, we were tied and he gets the go-ahead RBI. That was cool, then sadly your enthusiasm goes out the window when you lose the lead."
Showalter acknowledged that the possibility of a roster move today did cross his mind when he sent Corban in to pinch-hit with his brother already in the game as the starting catcher, but said it was the right baseball decision. He would not rule out Corban, a utility player, being recalled again this year.
“They got some pictures together, I hope,” Showalter said. “I look at it as him having a chance to return. I don't think he's going to go back to Bowie and do anything different than what he was doing there. He's a good, professional hitter.
“Those [roster moves] are tough. You feel good about a guy getting an opportunity and he deserved it. You look at everyone who was available, and quite frankly, he had an option that was a part of it.”