06/30/12 4:55 PM ET
Andino, Flaherty provide roster flexibility
By Greg Luca / MLB.com
Each has shown the ability to play both infield and outfield -- Flaherty has played every position except catcher this season -- giving manager Buck Showalter the flexibility necessary to operate with a short bench, as the team has been carrying 13 pitchers and 12 position players since Wednesday.
"That's one of the reasons why we can do it," Showalter said. "You're trying to have one of those two guys on the bench to have that maneuverability."
Andino was that bench presence Saturday, as Flaherty started at third and hit ninth.
Since Brian Roberts returned to the lineup on June 12, Andino has found himself in a bench role more frequently.
Andino opened the season as the team's everyday second baseman, appearing in 58 of the first 60 games.
Although he's played in only 10 of the 16 games since Roberts re-entered the fold, Showalter said Andino has become no less valuable.
"He's a regular irregular, and he gives me a real luxury," Showalter said. "Robert is pretty easy to read, and he's engaged in the Orioles winning, and he knows he's a big part of it."
Andino said the adjustment has been an easy one, as he held a utility role before Roberts was injured and always knew he'd slide back into that position when Roberts came back.
"That was my role from the beginning," Andino said. "Whatever I've got to do to help the team win, that's something I'm all for."
On Wednesday, that meant playing center field for only the third time in his career, a role he said he prepared for by taking fly balls in batting practice.
Being prepared has become a mantra for Andino. Not just for every position in the field, but for the inconsistent at-bats that come with no longer having an everyday job.
"You've got to have your mind prepared for it," Andino said. "You have different routines, and you've always got to be prepared at all times.
N. Johnson to rest ailing wrist for week
BALTIMORE -- Orioles first baseman/designated hitter Nick Johnson will be traveling to Sarasota to rehab his injured right wrist, although an MRI conducted Friday didn't reveal any significant damage.
Johnson said he will be wearing a brace and taking pills without any activity for a week, at which point he will be re-evaluated.
"Nothing torn or any of that stuff, so that's a pretty good sign," Johnson said. "We'll see how it goes in a week."
Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday after leaving Wednesday night's game following his first at-bat, when he felt sharp pain and weakness fouling off a changeup.
He struck out swinging on the next pitch and was removed for pinch-hitter Ryan Flaherty in the fourth inning.
"I hope that he can get back where it doesn't cause him any pain anymore, and he gets, more importantly I think, the strength back," manager Buck Showalter said. "There's not any real structural changes."
Johnson's right wrist has been a trouble spot throughout his career. He underwent season-ending surgery on it in May 2010 when he was with the Yankees, and also missed all of the 2000 season and most of '08 due to right wrist issues.
After testing the wrist rigorously in Spring Training, Showalter said the Orioles were careful to limit Johnson's batting practice to keep from aggravating it.
Johnson had been healthy throughout 2012 and was starting to come into his own, hitting .295 in May and June after an 0-for-26 April.
"I'm not going to talk about him like past tense," Showalter said. "You could see why he's been coveted and wanted on clubs, and we hope that we can get him back where he can do that again."
The Orioles stole three bases on Friday to tie a season high. After not stealing a base for 17 consecutive games, the Orioles swiped seven in four games.
Matt Wieters and Asdrubal Cabrera both hit home runs onto Eutaw Street on Friday, the second time in stadium history two players homered onto Eutaw Street in the same game. There have been seven Eutaw Street home runs this season, only one shy of the single-season record.
Greg Luca is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.