MLB Team Report – Baltimore Orioles – INSIDE PITCH

Miguel Tejada may be readying for a third stint with the Orioles.

The former American League MVP, who is out of baseball at the moment, will report to extended spring training in Sarasota, Fla., on Monday to work out for Orioles officials. If the former Orioles shortstop and third baseman impresses, the club could sign him.

The mere notion that the club will work out Tejada is indicative of the confidence the front office has in third baseman Mark Reynolds.

Reynolds struggled with the bat and glove in April after building a reputation as an average-at-best defender at third base. He did homer Friday — his first of the season — but also made his fourth error of the year on a throw.

Tejada, 36, played with San Francisco in 2011 before being released. Orioles officials gave no indication on how long it would take for Tejada to become game-ready to join the Orioles.

Tejada played in Baltimore from 2004-2007, was traded to Houston, and signed back to the Orioles as a free agent in 2010.

The Orioles, who outlasted Boston 6-4 in 13 innings Friday, have used Reynolds, Wilson Betemit and Ryan Flaherty at third base this season.

Tejada played 93 games at third for the Orioles in 2010 before playing four at third and 58 at short with the Padres later that season. He appeared in 44 games at third, 42 at shortstop and four at second base with San Francisco in 2011.

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MLB Team Report – Baltimore Orioles – NOTES, QUOTES

–LF Nolan Reimold was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday after battling neck spasms for the better part of a month. He remained in Baltimore Friday after receiving treatment for a bulging disk in his cervical spine.

–C Luis Exposito joined the Orioles Friday as the club placed LF Nolan Reimold on the disabled list, and flew out in his only at-bat in his major league debut. Exposito, who the Orioles signed as a minor league free agent after he was released by Boston, was recalled from Class AAA Norfolk. He will serve as the third catcher, allowing C Matt Wieters to occasionally serve as the designated hitter — as he did Friday.

–2B Robert Andino moved to the leadoff spot Friday with LF Nolan Reimold out and LF Endy Chavez taking the night off. Andino has been batting over .300 for most of the season while batting ninth. He could see regular at-bats from the No. 1 slot in the order while Reimold is out. He was 1-for-4 with a walk Friday.

–RHP Jim Johnson struck out one and needed just 13 pitches to record the save Friday. His eighth save of the year capped eight shutout innings of relief by the Orioles bullpen. Relievers allowed three hits and two walks in those frames.

–LHP Wei-Yin Chen threw a lot of pitches and was out after five innings in his first outing at Fenway Park. The rookie allowed four runs — three earned — on five hits and three walks on 100 pitches. He struck out four.

BY THE NUMBERS: 76 — At-bats without a homer for 3B Mark Reynolds before hitting his first Friday.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We’ve got to take a look first and see what kind of shape he’s in.” — Vice President Dan Duquette, on INF Miguel Tejada.

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Source : Baltimore Orioles – TeamReport – Chicago Tribune

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