David Newhan's relegation to the minors apparently will not last long. On the day he was to report to Class AAA Ottawa, Newhan was informed he was rejoining the Orioles because outfielder B.J. Surhoff might be placed on the disabled list, a source said. After Tuesday's game, and with Melvin Mora ailing, those plans may change.
Newhan's demotion last week pained Manager Lee Mazzilli. Newhan was one of Baltimore's best players in 2004 but has struggled this season, hitting just .194 in 108 at-bats. Both Mazzilli and Newhan were visibly upset Saturday night after the move was announced.
Surhoff is one of Baltimore's best bench players. Surhoff, 40, is hitting .288 with four home runs and 19 RBI. He filled in ably for Larry Bigbie when the left fielder spent time on the disabled list recently. Surhoff hit .318 with four doubles, two triples and nine RBI in his last 18 games. He has complained this season of lower back pain.
Fasano Is Not Seriously Hurt
Catcher Sal Fasano, who left Monday's game following the seventh inning after injuring his left hand, was kept out of the starting lineup Tuesday but is not considered seriously hurt. Geronimo Gil started in his place. . . .
Pitcher Jason Grimsley threw on consecutive days for the first time since elbow surgery in October. How he feels Wednesday may determine how quickly he can go on a minor league rehabilitation assignment.
"He's way ahead of schedule," Mazzilli said. . . .
Frederick Keys pitcher Chris Britton was added to the Class A Carolina League all-star roster, replacing a player promoted to Class AA.