Jake Fox reacts to being designated
I don't really have time to get this in story form, but here are a couple of comments from Jake Fox, who was designated for assignment today to make room for Brian Matusz's activation from the disabled list. The Orioles have 10 days to reassign Fox to the minors, trade him or give him his outright release. Fox doesn't want to go to the minors so a trade is the most likely scenario.
On whether he was surprised: "You see it coming. This isn’t the first time I’ve been through it. I went through it last year. It basically comes down to numbers. [Orioles manager Buck Showalter] didn’t see me getting any at-bats. We got Derrek Lee coming back [to Baltimore] tomorrow, and they wanted to take care of pitching first with Matusz coing back today. He just didn’t feel like I was a good fit here, and it’s disappointing because I felt like I was a good fit here, I enjoyed it here. I liked the guys, I liked the team. It’s the same thing I went through last year with Oakland, where there just weren’t enough at bats for me. Everybody thinks I’m good enough to play for somebody else, just not for them. I feel like I’m kind of in the in-between stage. It’s been difficult."
On not finding rhythm after great spring: "It’s just a different job, coming off the bench. It’s just trial and error, like I told Buck. It’s still trial and error. It’s just been difficult having to learn a new job, I’m still learning how to do it. I’m hitting better, but still not what I can do. And it’s just a matter of getting some place where they are going to try to use me. And I think that’s what
they are trying to do. They said this time period is going to take a long time because they are going to try to move me to a different team. They are going to put me on waivers and see what happens. I don’t think I would clear waivers. It’s possible. Anything’s possible. All I can do is remain positive and believe this move is for the best. I’m going to go somewhere that’s going to give me an opportunity."
On whether he'd have any interest in going down the Orioles' minor league system: "I don’t and for me, I feel like it’s always an option to go overseas and play. I’m not ready to do that because I still feel like I can play every day at this level. And unfortunately this organization thinks I can’t. But I’m not going to believe it until its proven to me that I can’t play. So
hopefully I will go some place that will give me a chance to play."