-- Rafael Palmeiro finally returned to the lineup on Wednesday, but he refused to start a war of words with Washington Nationals Manager Frank Robinson. On Tuesday, Robinson told MLB.com that all of Palmeiro's statistics should be erased from the record books because the first baseman tested positive for steroids. Palmeiro and Orioles interim manager Sam Perlozzo both steered clear of Robinson's comments.

"I haven't heard, I don't know what he said and I really don't want to get into it," Palmeiro said. "I really respect Frank. He's entitled to his opinion, but I'm not going to comment on that."

Palmeiro played for the first time since Aug. 16. In that game against the Oakland Athletics, he had two hits, but injured his right ankle while beating out an infield single.

"I'm not 100 percent, but I feel good enough to go out there and play and be productive," Palmeiro said.

Surhoff Returns, Grimsley Out

The Orioles continued to tinker with their roster, adding pitcher James Baldwin and activating B.J. Surhoff from the disabled list. To make room, the Orioles put reliever Jason Grimsley on the disabled list with a strained left Achilles' tendon and demoted first baseman Alejandro Freire to Class AA Bowie.

Baldwin was released by the Orioles in late July and signed by the Texas Rangers. The Rangers then released him and the Orioles claimed him on Monday.

"Out of all the years I've played baseball, this is the strangest year I've ever had," Baldwin said. . . .

Sidney Ponson has a ligament tear in his right thumb and will be out at least three weeks. He is already on the disabled list, put there on Aug. 9 because of a strained right calf.