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Bynum Now Starter at Shortstop

By Marc Carig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 9, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 8 -- The Baltimore Orioles' continuing quest to find a replacement for departed shortstop Miguel Tejada took another turn on Thursday. The Orioles activated Freddie Bynum from the 15-day disabled list and Manager Dave Trembley installed him as the team's starting shortstop, ending Luis Hernández's tenure at the position.

To make room for Bynum, the Orioles optioned utility player Eider Torres to Class AAA Norfolk. Torres went 2 for 9 in three starts for the Orioles.

"There's been a lot of plays I thought that could have been made, should have been made and weren't made," Trembley said of naming Bynum the everyday shortstop. "So we've got to try something different."

Trembley said the final straw came in Wednesday's loss to the Oakland Athletics, when Hernández, who hit .243 in 30 games, failed to start what could have been an inning-ending double play with one out and the bases loaded in the eighth inning. "I just thought he played tentative," said Trembley, who chose Hernández during spring training mostly because of his defensive abilities.

With Torres gone, Trembley said Hernández will step into a utility role.

For Bynum, 28, who is returning from arthroscopic knee surgery, the move is an opportunity to keep an everyday role for the first time in his major league career.

"I think I can do it every day," said Bynum, a career .259 hitter. "Depending on how I do and how I play, it's all up to me pretty much. "

Old Friends

Thursday's meeting was the first between Trembley and Royals Manager Trey Hillman. The two struck a friendship after managing against each other in the minors.

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