04/28/2013 4:15 PM ET
Exposito called up to fill Teagarden's roster spot
By Rick Eymer / Special to MLB.com
OAKLAND -- Catcher Luis Exposito drove straight to the Baltimore airport after hearing the news Sunday he had been called up to the big leagues to replace the injured Taylor Teagarden.
Exposito spent a sleepless night in the airport, catching a 6 a.m. ET flight to arrive in plenty of time to play for the Orioles on Sunday in Oakland.
"I slept a little bit on the plane," Exposito said. "It's not the best way to be here, but I'm here now and I will take it for what it is."
Exposito, originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox, appeared in nine games for Baltimore last year and came to Spring Training with a chance to make the big league roster.
"It's the best feeling there is," Exposito said. "It's what you work for all offseason. I'm happy, ready and excited."
Teagarden to DL, will visit specialist Monday
OAKLAND -- Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a dislocated right thumb, and he will fly to Sarasota to see specialist Brian Scofield on Monday.
"We'll get a better idea of the time frame after that," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
Teagarden sustained the injury during Josh Donaldson's at-bat in the bottom of the sixth inning of Saturday's 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics. Donaldson foul-tipped a ball that hit Teagarden squarely on top of the thumb.
"I've had hundreds of foul tips I've caught or deflected, but not one caused an injury until now," Teagarden said. "It's part of being a catcher. Your hands and fingers are vulnerable."
Teagarden has broken his right thumb in a collision at home plate, and he thought he had broken his left one as well.
"A dislocation is a lot uglier than a break," Teagarden said. "I thought I had broken it even worse."
Teagarden was scheduled to fly to Baltimore on Sunday to gather a few items before heading to Sarasota.
"It [stinks]," Orioles' outfielder Nick Markakis said of Teagarden's injury. "You know how hard he works and what kind of a guy he is. You don't want it to happen, but at the same time you realize injuries are part of the game."
Chris Tillman called Teagarden's injury "a bummer," and said the catcher will be missed.
"It's big because he's a guy who could start just about anywhere else," Tillman said.
• Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada (left elbow) will pitch five innings in an extended spring training game on Monday. He is on the 60-day disabled list and is not eligible to return until the end of May.
• Right-hander Oliver Drake will make his first appearance in extended spring training on Tuesday.
• Second baseman Brian Roberts will begin light baseball activities on Monday.
• Left-hander Zach Britton will start Monday night's game in Seattle.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.