With Brian Roberts coming back tonight, infielder Steve Tolleson was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
We will be watching to see what Roberts does in his return; however, Tolleson did a decent job while up with the Orioles and had a few big hits. Tolleson was a victim of the numbers game, and since Ryan Flaherty is a Rule 5 guy, he can't be sent down.
I would imagine Tolleson will be back if an injury pops-up, or if there's a need for a reserve guy.
Orioles reinstate 2B Brian Roberts from 60-day disabled list
Option INF Steve Tolleson to Norfollk
The Orioles today announced that they have reinstated 2B BRIAN ROBERTS from the 60-day disabled list. To make room for Roberts on the roster, the club has optioned INF STEVE TOLLESON to Triple-A Norfolk and transferred OF NOLAN REIMOLD to the 60-day disabled list.
Roberts has been on the disabled list with a concussion since May 17, 2011. He batted .238/.340/.429 with five doubles, a home run, five RBI and six runs in a 14 game rehabilitation assignment with Single-A Delmarva (two games), Double-A Bowie (7G) and Triple-A Norfolk (5G). He batted .221 in 39 games for the Orioles in 2011 and is a career .281/.416/.353 hitter in 1,233 games for Baltimore. Roberts ranks among the top 12 in franchise history in 10 categories – stolen bases (2nd), doubles (4th), runs (6th), triples (T-6th), walks (8th), hits (9th), average (10th), at-bats (10th), games (12th) and on-base percentage (12th).
Tolleson batted .237/.275/.447 in 12 games for the Orioles.
Reimold batted .313/.333/.627 in 16 games for the club before going on the disabled list on May 1 with a herniated disc in his neck.