Despite their recent losing streak, the Baltimore Orioles are not rushing to make a deal. The Sporting News reported the Orioles have spoken with the Florida Marlins about pitcher A.J. Burnett, but several Baltimore officials say those talks were premature and no deal appears imminent.

One official said the Orioles have spoken with several teams, but all the talks were in preliminary stages. The Orioles have some interest in Burnett, though they might not want to part with either Hayden Penn or Daniel Cabrera in order to obtain him.

Baltimore is concerned about Burnett's durability. The right-hander, who is scheduled to become a free agent after the season, missed parts of the 2003 and 2004 seasons after recovering from elbow surgery.

Baltimore appears more interested in San Francisco Giants right-hander Jason Schmidt. The team has monitored Schmidt's past two starts and believes he is healthy despite missing several weeks with a strained right shoulder. If the Orioles remain in contention, they will make a strong push for Schmidt.

Mora Not Ready to Return

Melvin Mora took batting practice again, but it is uncertain when he will return to the lineup.

Manager Lee Mazzilli did not rule out the possibility of Mora going on the disabled list. . . .

Jason Grimsley threw one shutout inning on Sunday in his first appearance with the Bowie Baysox. Grimsley, on the disabled list after having elbow surgery in October, will likely stay with Bowie for 10 to 12 days before the Orioles will consider calling him up. Grimsley threw without any pain.

"My velocity was pretty much the same as it was last year," Grimsley said.

The reliever, 37, said he would likely retire if he hurt himself during his rehabilitation assignment.

"If it breaks, I feel like I've had a good run," Grimsley said. "If it breaks again, I know it's time."