Tatum removed for pinch-hitter (updated)

There’s always intrigue down on the farm.

Craig Tatum was catching tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, but backup John Hester pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the second inning. Tatum never received an at-bat in the game.

Is he hurt? Did the Orioles pull him from the game so they could make a roster move? Wouldn’t they have held him out of the starting lineup if that were the case?

Am I speculating too much?

Update: I’m told that Tatum was removed because of slight shoulder soreness.

Back at Camden Yards, Vladimir Guerrero doubled with two outs in the fourth inning for the Orioles’ only hit against James Shields.

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