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May 21, 2010

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.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 1:12 PM | | Comments (8)


Good move, lets drop a young infielder & keep Castillo, Albers & Atkins...hahaha

Why wouldn't they designate Castillo for assignment? Would any team really claim him?

why don't they send down garret atkins who cares hes a veteran he our worst playing and possibly the A.L worst still playing playing just seeing him give me a headache seriously im not playing looking at him makes my head hert srry atkins

Why not bring up Josh Bell? Scott Moore has proved he doesn't provide a big offensive boost. Why not give Bell a try? I understand that he needs everyday time so if Luke Scott is moving to 1B, the DH spot just opened. Switch him with Tejada for playing time at 3B or even switch out Izturis for Tejada every now and then and it solves the everyday problem.

So I guess that means the Os got nothing for Hernandez. Still a good deal.

Not that I'm so very attached to Justin Turner but he has shown some ability to hit at AAA. But what is their fascination with Pedro Florimon who has never really hit anywhere at low-A or above, yet remains on the 40-man? For why?

Waring was the player they wanted in the Hernandez deal. He's struggling with the step up to AA, but not sure I'd say he's nothing just yet.

moore strikes out with RISP to begin his 2010 Oriole stint...i see he arrived well-prepared and hopes to fit right in

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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