|Stay of Gibbons suspension complicates Orioles' final roster decisions|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 29 March 2008 13:05|
``I have until 3 o'clock tomorrow,'' Trembley said before Saturday's exhibition finale against the Washington Nationals.
Gibbons was supposed to start the season under a 15-day suspension after being linked to performance-enhancing drugs. He has admitted receiving a shipment of human growth hormone in 2005.
But that suspension was put on hold for 10 days by Major League Baseball, meaning the Orioles must decide whether to have Gibbons on the 25-man roster.
``We had a plan if Gibby was going to get suspended. We had a plan if Gibby wasn't going to be suspended,'' Trembley said. ``We've got to make the best decision for our club.''
If Gibbons had to serve a suspension at the start of the season, utility player Scott Moore was the leading candidate to make the club. Now the Orioles could keep the 31-year-old outfielder, who entered Saturday batting .194 this spring.
Since signing a four-year contract in 2006, Gibbons has been hampered by injuries. In 2007, he batted .230 with six home runs and 28 RBIs in 84 games. He has two years and $11.9 million remaining on his contract.
Trimming its roster Saturday, Baltimore placed six players on the 15-day disabled list: infielder-outfielder Freddie Bynum (knee surgery), left-hander Troy Patton (left shoulder surgery), and right-handers Chris Ray (right elbow surgery), Danys Baez (right elbow surgery), Fernando Cabrera (right elbow surgery) and Jim Hoey (right shoulder inflammation).
All those moves are retroactive to March 21.
Also Saturday, outfielder Tike Redman accepted an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk.