OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Orioles are expecting to add Rule 5 outfielder Anthony Santander to their roster on Aug. 17 when he completes a 20-day rehab assignment.
Santander, whose major league debut has been delayed by a strained right forearm, was batting .370 with 4 home runs and 13 RBIs in 14 games for Double-A Bowie coming into play Aug. 13.
Even though Aug. 17 is an off-day, the Orioles have to add Satander to their roster with 48 hours of the end of his rehab assignment, which is scheduled for Aug. 15.
"I think you’ll see that move come to fruition on Thursday," manager Buck Showalter said. A player would have to be dropped from the active roster to make room for Santander.
If Santander is activated Aug. 17, he will accrue 46 days of major league service time, a little over half the 90 consecutive days of time he’ll need to lose Rule 5 status.
The Orioles are hoping that Santander, who has played five games in right field and four games in left as well as designated hitter, can be freely optioned next May once he has been on the major league roster for 90 days.
"The thing that I’m trying to get a feel for and haven’t gotten a real definitive answer is what kind of defender he’s going to be," Showalter said.
"In the outfield, you can’t make the ball be hit to you…Each day that passes we get a better feel for it."
FLAHERTY COMING SOON: Infielder Ryan Flaherty, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, could join the Orioles on Aug. 14 when they begin a three-game series with Seattle.
Flaherty, who has been playing at Bowie, hit .412 in his first 11 games with the Baysox.
"We’ll see what the need is," Showalter said. "We’ll see how he feels today."
Showalter said earlier this week that Flaherty, who hasn’t played with the Orioles since May 18, needed some work on his throwing before he could return.
"When he’s ready he’s coming," Showalter said. "Just the arm, making sure that he’s able to throw and be O.K. the next day. It’s good for him. He’s swinging the bat well. He’s ready to go offensively."
THERE’S ANOTHER BOOG: The Oakland Athletics have a young outfielder, Herschel Mack Powell IV, who coincidentally is called "Boog."
The first Boog Powell played for the Orioles from 1961-74, and has a popular barbecue stand in center field on Eutaw Street.
Known as “Little Mack” as a toddler, Powell’s father began calling him Boog as he was preparing to enter school.
"I hated it at first," Powell said. "I couldn’t stand it. My dad started coaching me in baseball, and then my teammates started calling me 'Boog.'"
By his senior year in high school, Powell was universally known as Boog.
His father wasn’t an Orioles fan, but was his baseball coach.
"He knew he who he was. He loves baseball and everything," Powell said. “I just needed a name, and it stuck."
Powell made his major league debut with Seattle earlier this season, was traded to Oakland for first baseman Yonder Alonso.
He’s looked up his namesake’s career numbers, and is hoping to meet him later this month when the Athletics visit Baltimore Aug. 21-23.
"I’m about half his size," Powell, who is listed as 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, said. He is looking forward to meeting the better known Boog.
"I’m going to wait until Camden Yards until I go there and play," Powell said. "Before the game or after the game, I’m going to go out to Boog’s Barbecue, sit down with him hopefully, and have some of his barbecue."