Spring training competition is nothing new for Orioles right-hander Vance Worley. Every year, it seems, he's trying to prove his worth. This spring, the 28-year-old Worley finds himself with his fourth team in five years, once again fighting for a spot on the 25-man roster.
The Orioles have received permission to interview several external candidates who are currently committed to other organizations, according to industry sources, and one of the more high profile names will meet with club officials Wednesday.
The Orioles main priority heading into July 31¿s non-waiver trade deadline is adding a starting pitcher, and the club has been actively scouting potentially available arms, according to several sources.
The Orioles have had interest in Juston Smoak since the 2008 draft, when the Orioles took Brian Matusz with the fourth pick in the first round and the Texas Rangers grabbed Smoak with the 11th selection.
With interleague play looming and a need for a flexible bench paramount, the Orioles decided to place outfielder Endy Chavez on the disabled list and call back infielder/outfielder Steve Tolleson, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday.
Robert Andino, who has played second base in 56 of the Orioles' first 60 games, was out of the lineup Tuesday, as Brian Roberts returned from the 60-day disabled list. And Andino said he's OK if he's no longer the starter there.
Orioles optioned infielder Steve Tolleson to Triple-A Norfolk and moved Nolan Reimold from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday to make room for Brian Roberts on the 25-man and 40-man rosters.
Matt Wieters' 10th-inning opposite-field RBI double gave the Orioles a 5-4 win -- their second walk-off victory in as many days -- over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd at Camden Yards.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was mired in an 0-for-18 slump less than 24 hours ago, but you'd never know it now. When he singled off Phillies starter Cliff Lee to start the Orioles' brief two-out rally in the first inning on Sunday, it was his third consecutive hit -- including, of course, his dramatic walkoff homer in the 12th inning on Saturday.
All indications are that -- barring a setback today -- Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will be activated from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday before the club's three-game series against the Pirates at Camden Yards.
Look for a low-scoring game today. Right-hander Jason Hammel (6-2, 2.97 ERA) heads to the mound for the Orioles. He will be opposed by left-hander Cliff Lee (0-3, 2.92), who is winless through his first three starts for the first time in his career.