WASHINGTON -- For the first time since 1996, the Orioles had their first set of brothers on the roster June 19.
When the Orioles sent rookie catcher Chance Sisco to Triple-A Norfolk after the June 17 game, Caleb Joseph, who had been down with the Tides for a month, was recalled.
That enabled him to be paired with younger brother Corban, a left-handed hitter who was recalled June 15. It marked the Orioles' first sibling pairing since Cal Jr. and Billy Ripken.
Caleb Joseph was batting .182 when he was optioned to Norfolk May 17, and for now, at least, the two brothers are together.
The Josephs have much in common. It took seven years for Caleb to make the big leagues and six for Corban. Corban Joseph played two games for the New York Yankees in 2013, but was then buried in the minors until the Orioles surprisingly purchased his contract from Double-A Bowie.
Given both brothers long path to the majors, it was initially frustrating when Corban Joseph was called up and Caleb was still in the minors.
"You're mad and elated at the same time," Caleb Joseph said. "Mad because you knew you were just there, not because he's going up and not me, but mad because you're like, 'You're kidding me? I have blown the chance because if I would have just taken care of my business, he would have been up here and we would have done it earlier.'
"That was the anger I was feeling, but once you put that anger aside you realize, 'Man, this guy was in the minor leagues for five years.' I was in the minor leagues for 30 days and it was really, really hard."
The Joseph brothers' major league reunion was delayed by a few days due to Caleb's recent struggles. He was the Orioles' Opening Day catcher, but the team felt he wasn't hitting well enough to justify keeping him in the majors.
"I wasn't producing overall the way that I have in the past, and that's what happens, man," Caleb Joseph aid. "You're going go back and figure it out, and I went back and took care of business and you just wait for another opportunity. That's what my brother's been doing for five years now, right? So the irony of just the way it's worked out is quite hilarious. I've been up for four, five years and I go down and he comes up. You can't make this stuff up. It's pretty funny."
During the Orioles' 9-7 loss to the Nationals June 19, Corban hit into a force play as a pinch-hitter, driving in a run, while Caleb was 1-for-3.
"It's something we've always dreamed of and it's actually happening; it's like a dream that you never thought would actually come true is actually panning out," Corban Joseph said.
The brothers know more roster moves are on the horizon. A position player will be trimmed June 20 when right-hander Andrew Cashner comes off the 10-disabled list, and additional moves could come later in the week if outfielder Colby Rasmus and third baseman Tim Beckham are removed from the 60-day DL.
But Caleb and Corban hope they can play together in Atlanta June 22-24. They grew up in nearby Tennessee and still have family in the area, some of which would likely make the trip to Atlanta.
"That's where there could be half a stadium filled with orange and black jerseys with 'Joseph' on the back," Caleb Joseph said. "We've got quite a few family members who live in that southern region. It is exciting here; not wishing it to go away, but really looking forward to Atlanta, too."
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