O's: Segui Acted on His Own

By Jorge Arangure Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 21, 2006

BALTIMORE, June 20 -- The Baltimore Orioles are trying to distance themselves from former first baseman David Segui, who on Sunday told ESPN he had legally taken human growth hormone through a prescription from a doctor.

One Orioles official, who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the topic, stressed that the team had no knowledge that Segui had been using HGH.

"I think it's a big mistake to label something against an organization that had nothing to do with a personal choice," Manager Sam Perlozzo said.

Beato Signs On

The Orioles have come to terms with right-handed pitcher Pedro Beato, the team's supplemental pick (32nd overall) in this year's draft. Beato received a signing bonus of approximately $1 million, according to a team source.

The $1 million was the same amount Beato had asked from the New York Mets, who drafted the pitcher last year but could not agree to a contract. The Mets lost Beato's draft rights on May 30. Beato, out of St. Petersburg College, will begin his Orioles career at short-season Class A Aberdeen. Beato was in Baltimore on Tuesday to finalize the contract.

Baltimore also continues its negotiations with first-round pick Billy Rowell, selected ninth overall. The Orioles are optimistic Rowell will be signed during this homestand, which ends on June 29. Rowell, according to one team source, is asking for a signing bonus of approximately $2 million. . . .

Orioles reliever LaTroy Hawkins missed Tuesday's game for personal reasons. He is expected back on Wednesday.

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