O's call up Moore, DFA Turner
After a two-day hiatus, I’m back.
And I’ve never been to Nationals Park before this afternoon and it is stunning. My one bone to pick is reporter-related. At Camden Yards we’re literally on top of the action. So much so that foul balls frequent the press box. Not so much here, where I took the elevator to floor 6. The view is high up (sort of reminds me of the Pirates’ PNC Park) but it is impressive nonetheless. And the media food spread set up behind me looks promising.
Ok, back to baseball. The Orioles optioned Alberto Castillo following last night’s loss in Texas and Scott Moore is here in DC, back in the bigs for the first time since 2008. Moore was one of my favorite guys in Spring Training because he was just so genuinely happy to be playing baseball every day.
While I had speculated a few days ago about Michael Aubrey getting the nod instead, Moore can play more positions (virtually anywhere in the infield). And given that it’s Interleague play and the Orioles will have to play red-hot Luke Scott in the field (likely in lieu of slumping Garrett Atkins), I’d imagine Aubrey at first base wasn’t as important right now as having some flexibility off the bench.
Moore is not on the 40-man, so Justin Turner was designated for assignment. That means the team has 10 days to trade, release or put Turner on waivers. If he clears waivers, he can’t refuse an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk.