Justin Turner to be designated
The Orioles need to take someone off their 40-man roster to make room for Scott Moore, who will join the club today in Washington.
And, though it might come as a bit of a surprise, expect it to be infielder Justin Turner.
Nothing is official. It won’t be until later today.
But it looks like the odd man out is Turner, the 25-year-old infielder who was hitless in nine at-bats for the Orioles in five games this year. He has three hits in 31 at-bats in two seasons with the Orioles.
Turner was sent down to Norfolk when Rhyne Hughes came up to the majors on April 24. He has batted .250 with one homer, eight RBIs, two steals and 11 runs scored in 84 at-bats in 2010 with the Tides.
The Orioles will have 10 days to trade, place on waivers or outright release Turner. If they put him on waivers and he isn’t claimed, he can’t refuse an assignment back with the Tides.
The club acquired Turner in their December 2008 deal with the Cincinnati Reds in which they traded Ramon Hernandez for Turner, Ryan Freel and Brandon Waring.