-- The Orioles' immediate reaction after San Diego Padres first baseman Phil Nevin rejected a trade to Baltimore in exchange for pitcher Sidney Ponson was to simply regroup.
"If I had one year left, no question I would have gone and spent the last 21/2 months helping them win a championship," Nevin told ESPN. "My 15-year-old daughter couldn't stop crying the last couple of days, and that hit home. Without stepping on anyone's toes I can't thank [the Orioles] enough the way they made me feel the last couple of days."
The Orioles are still looking to deal Ponson, though a deal may not happen until the weekend. The Orioles don't have a specific trade target and will likely look at several options, some pitching, some hitting. According to sources, the Orioles will take the remainder of the week to formulate a plan with possibly a flurry of activity just prior to Sunday's trading deadline.
Florida Marlins pitcher A.J. Burnett won't likely be an option at this point.
Kline Back in Bullpen
Steve Kline rejoined the bullpen after serving a four-game suspension for arguing a balk call on June 27 against the New York Yankees.
"We could have used him in the last four days, there's no question," Manager Lee Mazzilli said. "There were times in the last four games I really needed him. It's important to have him."
Kline said he threw a bullpen session three of the four days, and those sessions may have been more productive than pitching to just one or two batters in a game.