06/16/10 8:48 PM ET
Showalter being considered for O's manager
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
The news, which was first reported Wednesday by ESPN's Tim Kurkjian, was later confirmed by a source to MLB.com.
Showalter was rumored to be in the mix for the Orioles job ever since the organization dismissed Dave Trembley on June 4. When contacted by MLB.com at the beginning of the Orioles' last homestand, Showalter said the Orioles had not approached him about the job but that he would be open to listening to what they had to say.
Showalter is a former manager with the Yankees, D-backs and Rangers and has compiled a 882-833 record and two Manager of the Year awards. He had no comment on the situation when reached by phone Wednesday evening.
Showalter would be the third candidate owner Peter Angelos and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail have reportedly considered for the job, joining Eric Wedge and Bobby Valentine. MacPhail said Monday he would be "very surprised" if the Orioles reach a decision prior to the All-Star break and reiterated that there is no timetable to name Trembley's permanent replacement. In the meantime, interim manager Juan Samuel will continue to lead a beleaguered 18-48 O's squad.
Moore scratched with foot injury
SAN FRANCISCO -- Scott Moore was a late scratch from Wednesday's Orioles-Giants series finale with a lateral mid right foot strain suffered during pregame batting pratice.
Moore rolled his right ankle while trying to field a ball during BP as he stepped on another ball. He limped gingerly off the field under his own power, although he was helped by the team's athletic training staff.
Julio Lugo got the start at second base in place of Moore, who was slated to bat in the six-hole. Lugo is batting .210 in 44 games, while Moore is hitting .257 in 17.
Orioles, Tillman eager to get starter on track
SAN FRANCISCO -- With a final decision on Chris Tillman expected when the team gets back to Baltimore, interim manager Juan Samuel reiterated Wednesday that the 22-year-old will remain a starter. The only question is whether Tillman's next outing will be with the Orioles or Triple-A Norfolk.
"We look at these guys as being starters," Samuel said of a young core that includes Brad Bergesen, Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta and Tillman. "If it means for [Tillman] to go back down there [to Triple-A] and get some work, then we are going to have to do that."
Tillman allowed six earned runs over two innings in Monday's loss and will be in the bullpen for the rest of the Orioles' road trip, which includes a three-game weekend set in San Diego.
"Whether it's starting or relieving, I just want to get myself back on track," said Tillman, who is 0-3 with a 8.40 ERA. "I don't think there is a person that wants to see me get back on track more than [pitching coach Rick Kranitz] and myself. He cares so much. I'm working hard, trying to get myself back to normal.
"I think it's killing him because he's seen me so much better, and I have to get back to that state. I think that's why we're going this route."
Although the move to the 'pen is temporary, Tillman was looking forward to working out some of his issues in long relief.
"I've talked to guys and they said coming out of the bullpen, you have a better feel of the game -- the way they look at it, the way they see it," Tillman said. I'm looking forward to seeing what they're kind of talking about. It will be a new approach to it. It's a whole different ballgame out there."
Atkins finding at-bats hard to come by
SAN FRANCISCO -- The struggling Garrett Atkins wasn't in Wednesday's starting lineup and has made just one start in eight days, as the Orioles continue to be in a holding pattern with the first baseman. Atkins has three hits in just 11 at-bats in the month of June, prompting interim manager Juan Samuel to say that a decision needs to be made soon.
"[President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail is] going to have to come up with a plan [of] what can we do because he's definitely not getting enough playing time here right now," Samuel said.
With the Orioles in the middle of Interleague Play on the West Coast, the missing designated hitter has made it even more difficult for Samuel to give Atkins an opportunity. A right-handed hitter, Atkins was signed as a free agent in hopes that he could regain the power stroke that once made him a feared National League hitter. Instead, he has struggled to produce any pop, collecting just one homer and going 8-for-55 in his past 20 games. Atkins is hitting .219 with a .292 slugging percentage.
"You just try to get him a lefty here and there, just hoping you are going to see that swing. You know, you could see him produce," Samuel said. "But unfortunately I know the kid is trying, it's just not showing right now."
Atkins signed a one-year, $4 million deal with Baltimore in the offseason. The deal includes an $8.5 million club option with a $500,000 buyout.
Ty Wigginton was out of Wednesday's starting lineup for the first time since April 13. Wigginton has played mostly second base in place of the injured Brian Roberts, and interim manager Juan Samuel said he just wanted to give him a day of rest. ... Samuel was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Museum Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. ... Koji Uehara (right forearm strain) is scheduled to throw 25 pitches off a mound Thursday at the team's Spring Training complex in Sarasota, Fla. ... Felix Pie (upper back strain) has been taking live batting practice at the facility with no reported problems.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.