07/28/12 12:30 AM ET
Wieters out of lineup with right biceps soreness
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
"We want to make sure we can get that full-go," Wieters said of the injury, which only bothers him on his left-handed swing. "We think if we get a day off today and we'll be good to go [on Saturday]. We don't want a one-day tightness to turn into something more."
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was optimistic that it was just some cramping from Thursday's game, which was played in temperatures that hovered in the upper 90s, and dismissed any notion that it came at an already opportune time to give Wieters a breather.
"No such thing as a good time to not have Matt in the lineup," Showalter said of his starting catcher, who is in a 1-for-30 slump. "We don't look at it as the 's' word. We look at it as not currently performing with the level he has spoiled us with."
Wieters spent the afternoon going over video and speaking with roving hitting coach Terry Crowley, who previously served as the Orioles hitting coach at the Major League level. He said Friday he hoped the day off would help get him healthy and back on track offensively.
"[I've] been watching video all year, just trying to get that swing locked in," Wieters said. "Hopefully, today I can just get more [away from the] mental strain and try to figure out the swing a little bit and be ready to go."
A two-time All-Star, Wieters is hitting .238 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 90 games. He is batting .197 (14-for-71) in 19 games in July with three extra-base hits. Taylor Teagarden got the start in Wieters' place Friday night, working with lefty sinkerballer Zach Britton for the second consecutive outing.
Andino to begin rehab Sunday at Norfolk
BALTIMORE -- Second baseman Robert Andino (left shoulder strain) could rejoin the Orioles as early as next Friday, with plans for him to start a rehab assignment Sunday for Triple-A Norfolk.
The original plan was for Andino to go to the team's extended spring training facility in Sarasota, Fla., but the team's training staff no longer felt that was necessary. Andino is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday.
"He's doing real well," manager Buck Showalter said of Andino, who has been sidelined since July 16. "He's actually swinging the bat well ... most tough guys like that are also pretty quick healers."
Andino has been with the team the last two days and was out taking pregame batting practice on Friday.
Eveland designated, replaced by Socolovich
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles designated pitcher Dana Eveland for assignment prior to Friday's game, selecting the contract of right-hander Miguel Socolovich in his place.
The move ensures lefty Zach Britton will make Wednesday's start -- Eveland had been the only other option -- and adds a fresh arm to a bullpen in Socolovich.
"He's arguably been [Triple-A manager Ron Johnson's] best pitcher all year long," manager Buck Showalter said of Socolovich, who has pitched to a 1.77 ERA in 24 games at Norfolk. "We've been trying to figure out a way to get him here. It could be tough to keep him here, too. We've got so many moves we have to make. We need a starter for Tuesday. [Jason Hammel] is in the tube as we speak, we may need two."
In his first outing since being recalled, Socolovich struggled against the A's on Friday. Coming in in the sixth to relieve Britton, Socolovich walked the bases loaded before surrendering a three-run double to Seth Smith.
Socolovich allowed 11 runs (nine earned) on 29 hits and 11 walks over 45 2/3 innings, totaling 50 strikeouts in an impressive run for the Tides. He could be used as the team's long reliever for now, although Showalter hasn't really been one to have defined roles for most of his bullpen.
As for Eveland, he has been placed on waivers and the team will find out on Monday if he clears. He has already cleared waivers once this year, at the end of Spring Training. He is expected to accept an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk if he is not claimed by another team. Eveland could refuse, but would forfeit a pretty significant chunk of his salary in doing so.
"The team's been scuffling a little bit and they feel like they've got to make some moves. Unfortunately, I was the odd man out," said Eveland, who went 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA in 14 games. "I don't feel like I really threw the ball poorly. Obviously, last night wasn't my best effort, unfortunately. Other than that, I feel like I've done a pretty decent job up here, not really filling in the role I expected to. And didn't get used in as much length as I thought I would be out of the bullpen, but I don't know. Who knows what's going to happen now."
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.