Completing an impressive recovery from elbow surgery in October, Baltimore Orioles reliever Jason Grimsley was activated on Thursday and, according to Manager Lee Mazzilli, will be used in late-inning situations. Grimsley was 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in eight rehab appearances at Class AA Bowie.

"It's a tribute to everything that's gone on in the past," Grimsley said. "First and foremost, I couldn't have done it without all of the Baltimore people."

To make room for Grimsley, the Orioles designated reliever Steve Reed for assignment. Baltimore has 10 days to trade, release or option Reed. Reed had a 1-2 record with a 6.61 ERA in 322/3 innings after signing a one-year deal worth $900,000 in the off-season. It's likely Reed, who made the trip to Seattle and then was told of his assignment prior to the team's 2 p.m. workout, will be traded in the next 10 days.

"We had a good chat," Mazzilli said. "He brought a lot to the team. I think personally he was a little disappointed with his performance, which shows me a lot when someone says that. He handled it like a true professional."

Sosa Changing Spots

For the first time since 1993, Sammy Sosa hit in the second spot in the lineup. Mazzilli hopes the new spot in the lineup will get Sosa going. Hitting in front of Melvin Mora and Miguel Tejada should help him see better pitches.

"Hitting me second is a good idea right now," Sosa said. "Maybe I can see some better pitches." . . .

Pitcher Erik Bedard, who pitched five scoreless innings on Tuesday for Class A Delmarva, rejoined the Orioles and is scheduled to start Monday against the Minnesota Twins.