5/19/2013 2:40 P.M. ET
Showalter hopes Flaherty can regain confidence
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty, who was optioned following Saturday's loss, will get consistent at-bats in a variety of positions at Triple-A Norfolk as the organization tries to get him back on track.
"There's just a ... I don't want to use karma, but he needs to go get his legs back under him; offensively, his confidence, everything," manager Buck Showalter said of Flaherty, who hit .133 in 30 games. "Probably the first time in his offensive career that he feels that frustrated with the way things are going for him. He's better than that. We saw it this spring, we saw it at times this year.
"You know what happens is it snowballs. He has a good game and the next day hits two line drives at somebody and you starting getting that mentality of, 'Geez, what's going to happen next?' and you got to change that. How do you change that? I'm hoping this helps him. I talked to [Triple-A manager Ron Johnson] about it and they will be perfect for him for what he needs, because they are certainly not going to let him feel sorry for himself down there. In a good way."
Flaherty, the team's Rule 5 Draft pick last year, never really got going this year after enduring an 0-for-17 slump to start the season. The 26-year-old played solid defense at second base, getting the bulk of the time with Brian Roberts on the disabled list, and he will get a chance to work out his offensive struggles at Triple-A.
"I'm OK with him playing everywhere," Showalter said of the versatile Flaherty, who can play the infield and outfield and was replaced on the roster with Danny Valencia. "I just want him to get the at-bats. Who knows where he might return at? I hope it's not because somebody has been injured. But I think it might be good for him to play all around."
Valencia recalled from Triple-A Norfolk
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles recalled infielder Danny Valencia prior to Sunday's game, and the right-handed hitter got the start at designated hitter in the team's series finale against Rays lefty Matt Moore.
Valencia, who found out about the promotion before Triple-A Norfolk's game on Saturday, has a slash line of .306/.339/.600 with 14 doubles, 11 home runs and 35 RBIs in 40 games for the Tides this season, including seven home runs in his last 10 games and a line of .324/.381/.838 against left-handed pitching.
"Danny's got a chance to play two of three days," said manager Buck Showalter, with the Yankees expected to have a lefty starter in either Monday or Tuesday's game. "See what he does. [He] was doing well down there, as are a lot of guys. We had two or three guys between who to [call up]. As usual, [Norfolk manager] Ronny [Johnson] was the deciding factor."
In his Major League career, the 28-year-old Valencia has hit .316/.359/.472 in 326 plate appearances against lefties, and he said Sunday morning he hoped to carry over the recent success from Norfolk.
"The streak that I was on down there was probably one of the better streaks I've ever had in my career," said Valencia, who will wear No. 35 for the Orioles. "I felt good. I felt like any time they gave me a mistake to hit, I hit it pretty hard. It was a good feeling, and hopefully it carries over."
Valencia is primarily a third baseman, although he can play some first and appeared in a couple of games in the outfield recently for Norfolk. With Ryan Flaherty's demotion, the Orioles had Yamaico Navarro making his third consecutive start at second base on Sunday. Navarro, who was recalled from Norfolk last week, figures to get the bulk of the playing time over Alexi Casilla.
"When [Chris] Dickerson is in the lineup, I want to keep a runner on the bench," Showalter explained when asked about Casilla's limited look. "So some of it is to have some versatility on our bench. And we've already seen it can impact a game. So that has something to do with it.
"And like I told you when I started Yami [on Friday], I want to get a feel for what he is and what he may be able to do. And the only way to do it is to run him out there."
• Freddy Garcia will start Monday's game on his scheduled turn, with Miguel Gonzalez still on track to be activated from the disabled list and start on Tuesday. The team will need a roster spot for him, and right now it looks like they'd send out a pitcher, particularly with Valencia slated to start two of the next three games against a lefty starter.
• Taylor Teagarden (left thumb) will start a hitting and catching program in Sarasota, Fla., on Monday.
• Brian Roberts will have the sutures removed from his leg on Monday. It was originally scheduled for Friday, but his right hamstring wasn't healed enough at the time.
• Wei-Yin Chen (right oblique) will head down to Sarasota at the end of the homestand on Wednesday, and manager Buck Showalter said he wasn't sure if Nolan Reimold will join him or be ready to go get some at-bats at an affiliate.
• The Orioles started bunting and hitting with their pitchers prior to Sunday's game to get ready for the upcoming Interleague play in Washington D.C. next week.
• More than 14,000 fans were in attendance Sunday for the second Little League Day of the season. Youth from around the area participated in a pregame parade around the warning track and gave high-fives to Orioles players as they passed the dugout.
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.