|Orioles activate Baez from DL|
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|Thursday, 12 July 2007 12:25|
Baez signed a $19 million, three-year contract during the offseason and was given the role of setup man. But he lost the job in late May after a series of ineffective outings, and was placed on the disabled list on June 16 with a strained right forearm.
Baez was 0-4 with a 6.52 ERA in 31 games. He made three rehab appearances at Double-A Bowie, allowing one run and three hits in four innings.
``The most important thing is I feel more confident now with my pitches,'' he said. ``No pain, no tightness, no soreness, anything. Everything feels good in my arm.''
Interim manager Dave Trembley hopes Baez can return to the form he displayed over the previous six seasons, when he had 111 saves and a 3.79 ERA for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves.
``It's kind of like a fresh start for him. We're all hoping that the second half of the season for him - and for a lot of other guys - is to improve,'' Trembley said. ``I can't tell you when I'm going to pitch him, but he'll be pitched late in the ballgame.''
To make room for Baez, the Orioles sent left-hander Kurt Birkins to Triple-A Norfolk. Birkins is 0-1 with a 10.00 ERA in three stints with Baltimore this season.
``It's a lot better to do this than to stay in Triple-A the whole year,'' Birkins said before packing his bags. ``It's a little frustrating at times, not having one place to live and living out of hotels here, but at the same time they needed someone and I did my best to fill the void.''
Birkins will be used as a starter at Norfolk.
``It's part of the learning process. I'm just trying to take it positively,'' he said. ``I wasn't getting as many innings here as I was down there. Maybe I can work on a few things and that will make me better in the long run.''