06/06/12 8:53 PM ET
Moyer signs Minor League deal with Orioles
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
The 49-year-old was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week and subsequently cleared waivers, allowing the Orioles to sign Moyer for his second stint in the organization.
"I think he's committed to two or three starts and we will see where he's at," manager Buck Showalter said of the terms of the deal. "From what I understand talking to [executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette], he mentioned his name a few days ago."
Duquette also reiterated that the Moyer signing will be more of an audition, as he will get a few starts and the team will evaluate him at that point.
"He's not that far removed from the [Tommy John] surgery, so there's a chance that he will regain his previous form by continuing to pitch," Duquette said. "A lot of veteran pitchers, sometimes it takes a little bit longer to get into length of the season until they come around. So we will see if that's the case with Jamie. He has won a lot of games, is a good role model and has had some success.
"We agreed to give it a few starts, so he's a veteran player, he will know. And if he can help us, he can help us."
Moyer, who was invited to Spring Training by the Rockies after missing last season, made the starting rotation and went 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA before being designated.
He is the oldest pitcher in Major League history to record a win. In Moyer's last victory on May 16, a 6-1 win over the D-backs, Moyer allowed one earned run on six hits while striking out five over 6 1/3 innings.
Moyer spent 1993-95 with the Orioles and went 25-22 with a 4.41 ERA in 75 games (66 starts). His 25-year baseball career also includes time with the Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox. Lifetime, Moyer is 269-209 with a 4.25 ERA over 4,074 innings. He made one All-Star Game appearance, in 2003.
Zach Britton was activated off the 60-day disabled list Wednesday and optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. To clear a spot on the Orioles' 40-man roster, Stu Pomeranz was transferred to the 60-day DL. Pomeranz, who was diagnosed with a left oblique strain, will be out for a while. Britton will be in the Minors at least 10 days, unless the Orioles have an injury and want to promote him.
Matt Lindstrom (torn ligament right middle finger] is progressing slowly, throwing up to 120 feet down in Sarasota, Fla., with no timetable for his return. There is no news regarding Nolan Reimold, who is dealing with a bulging disc and isn't doing any baseball activities.
After taking three days off, Chris Davis was the Orioles' designated hitter Wednesday night. Wilson Betemit, who hadn't played since Saturday due to illness, was also back in action.
Dontrelle Willis is just about ready to pitch with one of the team's affiliates, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. Willis has been in extended spring being stretched out to start.
Right-hander Joel Pinero (right shoulder) is still on the Minor League disabled list, but he has resumed throwing in extended spring.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.