Reliever Williamson Is Let Go

By Adam Kilgore
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 5, 2007

CHICAGO, July 4 -- The Baltimore Orioles parted ways with reliever Scott Williamson on Wednesday, designating him for assignment. Because of Williamson's veteran status, the Orioles will trade him, release him or wait until another team claims him off waivers.

"I don't understand it, really," Williamson said. "I don't know what else to tell you. We'll see what happens. Hopefully, somebody signs me."

The Orioles signed Williamson this offseason to a one-year, $900,000 contract. Williamson was 1-0 with a 4.40 ERA, but he pitched in only 16 games this season because of a series of injuries. He spent 19 days on the disabled list with tightness in his right triceps, and he hadn't pitched since Friday because of a bruised foot.

Starter Garrett Olson, who made his major league debut Wednesday night, replaced Williamson. President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail said the move had more to do with the Orioles' young pitchers than Williamson.

"This is a move really to help me get a handle on where we are," MacPhail said. "To me, it was important that I get a chance to see some of our younger arms, to see how they might fit in to the puzzle in the future. It's really an issue of trying to look forward and try to see, for lack of a more articulate form, what's in the inventory to help us make decisions moving forward."

Though the move was made more with Olson in mind than Williamson, there seemed to be some confusion about Williamson's health.

"I think he was able to pitch," MacPhail said. "I wouldn't have designated him if I wasn't getting reports that he was able to pitch."

Said interim manager Dave Trembley: "He wasn't available. There is a difference between not pitching and not being available."

Asked about the apparent mix-up, Trembley said, "I don't know if confusion is the right word. I think it was more really thinking he was going to be ready."

Mora Sits Again

Melvin Mora sat out for the third straight game Wednesday night with a badly bruised left foot. . . .

Before the game, reliever Jamie Walker spotted four veterans sitting in the stands behind home plate. Walker, whose father fought in World War II, walked into the crowd, shook hands with the four men and chatted for a moment. "Everybody should," Walker said.

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