The Baltimore Orioles decided not to renew the contract of director of minor league operations Darrell "Doc" Rodgers on Wednesday, the team's second major front-office move of the week in what appears to be a sweeping overhaul of the team's player development and scouting department.
"It's a matter of trying to get things to work better and improve what we want to do," said Jim Beattie, the team's executive vice president of baseball operations.
On Monday, the Orioles decided not to renew the contract of director of scouting Tony DeMacio. Beattie said the team is considering combining the two positions.
"We're going to go through an evaluation of what might work best," Beattie said. "It may not be the same setup as it was before."
Rodgers said he was disappointed in the decision but did not hold any ill will toward the franchise.
"I thought we were on the right track," said Rodgers, who was hired in January 2003.
In a meeting Wednesday morning with Beattie and Mike Flanagan, the team's vice president of baseball operations, Rodgers said he was told the team didn't like the changes to the minor league system he had proposed.
"I thought we did a lot of positive things," Rodgers said. "I enjoyed every second of the job."
Loewen Is Throwing Again
Adam Loewen, the team's first-round pick in 2002 who had a partially torn left labrum diagnosed earlier this month, has begun a throwing program at the team's minor league facility in Sarasota, Fla. . . .
In Game 1 of the doubleheader, reliever Jorge Julio pitched for the first time since serving a four-game suspension for throwing at the head of Minnesota's Augie Ojeda.