Catcher Nick Hundley 'really, really excited' to join the Orioles

New Orioles catcher Nick Hundley arrived at Camden Yards on Sunday morning, happy to be a part of a contending club.

Hundley, who was acquired from the San Diego Padres on Saturday in exchange for left-handed reliever Troy Patton, will play an important role with his new team. Starting catcher Matt Wieters remains on the disabled list with a right elbow strain, and his status for the rest of the season is still uncertain.


"I didn't know where I was going, but if there was one place I wanted to be, it was here," Hundley said. "When I heard I was going to Baltimore, I was really, really excited — just the winning atmosphere, a great tradition. … unbelievable ballpark, the fans, the city."

The addition of the veteran catcher doesn't necessarily mean anything bad for Wieters. The team still hopes he can play this season and plans to make a decision on whether he will need surgery by July 1.

"We always like to have depth at the position, and given Hundley's availability and his proven veteran leadership, we thought he'd be good for our club," executive vice president Dan Duquette said.

Hundley, 30, didn't play Sunday because manager Buck Showalter wanted to give him a day to rest after flying across the country.

"He's been on a red-eye all night," Showalter said. "There's been a lot going on in his life. Found out yesterday, packed up his life and flew across the country on a red-eye and just got here. So right now, don't want to catch [Steve Clevenger] back-to-back after that game yesterday with a day game tomorrow."

The Orioles will carry three catchers on the roster until first baseman Chris Davis, who went on the paternity list Sunday for the birth of his first child, rejoins the team. Davis is expected to miss two games and return Tuesday. At that point, the club likely will option third catcher Caleb Joseph, who joined the team when Wieters went on the DL, to Triple-A Norfolk.

"There's always a little buzz when you make a trade," Showalter said. "We're trying to win. We're trying to make the adjustments that we need to be as good as we can be."

Hundley said Sunday that he was eager to begin learning about a new pitching staff after spending his entire seven-year career in the National League.

"I need to go quick, be at it from Day 1," Hundley said. "Right from when I put this shirt on, I need to start learning everybody. That's actually my main goal from Day 1, to learn these guys, to know the arms, what makes them tick, to be able to get comfortable with them and help them get the most out of it.

"I think it's like an expedited spring training. I think I have to spend time on the team flights, away from the field a little bit, get together with them as soon as I can right now, talk in the lunch room. See what makes them tick, what they need out of me. Anything they need me to do to be successful is what I'm going to do."

Hundley is a rare right-handed hitter who hits right-handed pitching better. The left-handed Clevenger also hits righties better. Both have historically struggled against lefties -- Hundley and Clevenger combine for a career .199 batting average against left-handed pitching.

Around the horn

After left-hander Zach Britton made a nice play on a high chopper in the ninth, head trainer Richie Bancells came to the mound to check on Britton, who caught his spike in the grass on the play. He was fine and remained in the game. … Duquette said there is no timetable for the return of outfielder Nolan Reimold, who has missed much of the past three seasons with a serious neck injury. Reimold played his first extended spring training game Friday, and he homered and doubled. "He had a good game the other day. I was encouraged by that. He hit the ball well, ran well," Duquette said. "That was just his first game, right? But he played well." … Right-hander Tommy Hunter, who is on the disabled list with a groin strain, played catch in the outfield before the game, the first time he has thrown since going on the DL. … Right-hander Kevin Gausman threw 61/3 scoreless innings for Norfolk on Sunday, allowing just four hits with three strikeouts and no walks against Gwinnett. He threw a season-high 93 pitches. … Right-hander Hunter Harvey, the club's 2013 first-round draft pick, allowed one run and three hits over four innings Sunday for Low-A Delmarva. He has a 1.89 ERA in nine starts this season.




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