Orioles Notebook

Cintrón Will Start Out on The Bench

By Marc Carig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 12, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 11 -- With two starting position players listed as day-to-day with injuries, the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday selected the contract of shortstop Alex Cintrón from Class AAA Norfolk after optioning little-used reliever Bob McCrory.

The move brings the pitching staff back down to 12 and bolsters Baltimore's depth on the bench.

While Cintrón has big-league experience at shortstop, Orioles Manager Dave Trembley said he intends to stick with Freddie Bynum as the starter for now. Cintrón, a 29-year-old switch hitter, made his Orioles debut in the eighth inning, grounding out to second after pinch-hitting for Luis Hernández, who lost the shortstop job to Bynum on Thursday.

"I'm just glad they gave me the chance to go down and prove myself, [prove] that I'm healthy," said Cintrón, a .277 career hitter over parts of seven seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox.

Cintrón hit .288 with two homers and 10 RBI in 16 games with Norfolk and except for one game at second base, he played exclusively at shortstop. Cintrón was an everyday player for part of his time in Arizona, but he's been a White Sox reserve the last two seasons.

Cintrón nearly signed with the Orioles early in spring training before changing his mind to sign a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs. After the Cubs released him March 26, Cintrón signed a minor league contract with the Orioles March 31.

To make room, the Orioles sent down McCrory, who struggled in his only two major league outings. McCrory, 26, had not pitched since May 1.

"He's got a big league arm," Trembley said. "The couple of opportunities that he pitched here didn't work out for him. With the days off, it's in our best interest to go to 12 [pitchers]. We added a position player and I'm sure we'll see McCrory again."

Hernández, Roberts Sit Out

Catcher Ramón Hernández (sore left wrist) and second baseman Brian Roberts (left foot bruise) each missed Sunday's game. Trembley said he expects both back on Tuesday for the series opener against the Boston Red Sox.

Hernández said he will see a doctor on the team's day off Monday for the wrist, the same one that required surgery for an injury he suffered in 2005. Hernández said his wrist has been sore for the last two weeks though it didn't become painful until Saturday.

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