Parrish Expected To Stick
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 27 -- Barring an injury, reliever John Parrish will be on the Baltimore Orioles' Opening Day roster, according to one team source.
Parrish has a 3.72 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings this spring and has attracted attention from several teams, including the Kansas City Royals. The Orioles have told teams they aren't trading Parrish, who will be a free agent at the end of the season.
"John is a much improved pitcher from what I'd seen from the past," Manager Sam Perlozzo said. "He's always had a good power arm. He's always had a good slider. The fact that he looked a lot more under control and pitching, I think that's the biggest thing."
Baltimore can use Parrish -- who missed all of last season after having elbow surgery -- as a situational lefty early in games, and then bring in fellow southpaw Jamie Walker late in games.
The New York Mets on Tuesday inquired about the availability of reliever Todd Williams, according to a baseball source. The Mets learned Monday that reliever Duaner Sanchez likely will miss most of the season because of a broken bone in his shoulder. It appears New York has only mild interest at the moment in Williams, who has a 2.16 ERA this spring. . . .
The Orioles acquired catcher Alberto Castillo from the Boston Red Sox for minor league outfielder Cory Keylor, the Orioles' minor league player of the year last season after hitting .294 with the Bowie Baysox. Castillo, 37, hit .268 last season for the Class AAA New Orleans Zephyrs, formerly a Washington Nationals affiliate. Perlozzo said Castillo will join the major league camp though he'll likely start the season at Class AAA Norfolk. Castillo is a teammate of Miguel Tejada in the Dominican Winter League.
Baltimore reassigned Mike Cervenak, Jon Knott, Ruddy Yan, Cesar Crespo, Steve Green, J.R. House, Andrew Mitchell and Terry Tiffee to its minor league camp. Cervenak, Yan, Crespo, Tiffee, Green, House and Mitchell will travel with the team for its exhibition games in Columbus, Ohio, Norfolk and Washington. The Orioles also optioned recently acquired pitcher Sean Tracey to Norfolk. . . . Free agent pitcher Luis Martinez, 27, who had been in Nationals camp early this spring, worked out for the Orioles.
Fehr in Camp Union Executive Director Donald Fehr spoke with Orioles players for almost 90 minutes as part of his tour around training camps. Fehr said no date has been set for a grievance hearing on Sidney Ponson's case against the Orioles concerning the approximately $10 million owed to him for the 2006 season. The Orioles released Ponson in September 2005. Up Next vs. Nationals at Viera, 1:05 p.m. vs. Cardinals at Fort Lauderdale, 1 p.m. MASN