Second baseman Brian Roberts is going on the disabled list with a strained groin, which explains the Orioles’ delay in posting tonight’s lineup and outfielder Xavier Avery’s arrival in Seattle.
Avery has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk after being optioned on Sunday. He didn’t need to spend the required 10 days in the minors because he’s replacing a player who’s on the DL.
Roberts is batting .182/.233/.182 with five RBIs in 17 games. He sat out last night’s 6-3 loss, so the DL assignment is backdated to Sunday.
Avery is batting .222/.300/.361 with five doubles, one triple, one homer and six RBIs in 18 games with the Orioles. He gives the club a second true outfielder on the 25-man roster besides Adam Jones, and his defense in left is sorely needed.
In Roberts’ absence, Avery figures to handle the leadoff duties against right-handed starters.
Avery played one game with Norfolk after rejoining them, going 2-for-3 last night with a triple, two walks, a stolen base and two runs scored.
For the Orioles:
Xavier Avery LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis RF
Adam Jones CF
Jim Thome DH
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 1B
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Robert Andino 2B
Wei-Yin Chen LHP