Orioles Make First September Call-ups, DFA Taylor Teagarden

Posted on September 01, 2013

As major league teams became eligible to expand their active rosters Sept. 1, the Orioles called up their first batch of reinforcements.

They also said goodbye to their backup catcher of the past two seasons.

The Orioles designated Taylor Teagarden for assignment, ending his Orioles career after 45 games played, during which he batted .162/.203/.308/.511 with four home runs.

When the O's acquired Teagarden from Texas Dec. 1, 2011, he had a reputation as a high-caliber defender who could hold his own with the bat. For the Orioles, though, that reputation held only half true. Teagarden shined defensively, but was almost a non-entity at the plate. Teagarden's playing time was sporadic because starting catcher Matt Wieters takes fewer days off than most catchers.

Despite his lack of offensive production, Teagarden had a knack for getting timely hits in 2012. Of his nine hits during the season, three of them produced game-winning RBIs in extra innings. In 2013, though, his offensive struggles became too severe to overlook.

To replace Teagarden, the Orioles called up two catchers from Triple-A Norfolk: Chris Snyder and Steve Clevenger. The veteran Snyder, 32, appeared in six games for the Orioles earlier during the season and went 2-for-17. During his career, he has batted .224 with a .711 OPS and 77 home runs.

Clevenger, 27, will be making his Orioles debut. The Birds acquired him from the Cubs July 2 as part of the Scott Feldman trade. Clevenger, a local player out of Mount St. Joseph High School, has batted .199/.262/.275/.537 during 79 major league games with the Cubs.

The Birds made several procedural moves as well. Wei-Yin Chen, who had been optioned to the Gulf Coast League Aug. 28 in a paper-only transaction, was added back to the Orioles' active roster to start against the Yankees Sept. 1.

The Orioles also purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Eric Beaulac from Double-A Bowie and immediately placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a torn labrum in his right hip. By doing so, the Orioles gave themselves more flexibility to manipulate the postseason roster if they get to the playoffs. They would essentially be able to replace a disabled player (in this case, Beaulac) with another player of their choosing.

Lastly, the O's designated for assignment Norfolk outfielder Eric Thames, who spent two months with the Tides after being acquired from Seattle June 30. The DFAs of Teagarden and Thames cleared room on the 40-man roster to add Snyder and Beaulac.

Posted Sept. 1, 2013 by Paul Folkemer


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