Duquette says Orioles aren't in market for catchers

Duquette says Orioles aren't in market for catchers
June 23, 2014, 6:00 pm
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BALTIMORE – Dan Duquette says the Orioles are not actively hunting for catchers. Matt Wieters’ season ended officially last week when he underwent Tommy John surgery.

Currently, the team’s catchers are Caleb Joseph and Nick Hundley.

“It’s always a challenge to change catchers during the season because the catcher is involved in so many factors of the game. Fortunately, we’ve been able to transition from Matt as an everyday catcher to Caleb and Nick Hundley during the season and remain competitive, and recently our pitching has come around,” Duquette said.

The Orioles’ executive vice president of baseball operations said he doesn’t underestimate how well the pair has done.

“That’s a very challenging position change to make on the fly,” Duquette said. “I’ve tried that transition a couple of other times, and it’s a very difficult transition to make and maintain a winning ballclub.”

Besides Joseph and Hundley, the Orioles have Steve Clevenger, who began the season with the team at Norfolk.

Duquette said that Orioles would reevaluate Dylan Bundy after Friday’s start at Aberdeen. It will be Bundy’s third rehab start. He went to see Bundy’s start on Saturday night where the 21-year-old allowed two hits and struck out nine in five scoreless innings.

“He looked pretty good, right? He had good command of his fastball, and threw some breaking balls for strikes, used his changeup,” Duquette said. “Overall he looked pretty good.”

Duquette said it’s possible that he’ll move to Bowie after Friday’s start.

NOTES: South Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon has been placed on the minor league disabled list with a right shoulder strain. … Outfielder Francisco Peguero cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Norfolk. The Orioles’ 40-man roster now stands at 38. … RHP Edgmer Escalona has refused his outright assignment to the Tides and elected free agency. … Duquette says that no decision has been made on Nolan Reimold, who is on a rehab assignment at Bowie. … LHP Randy Wolf will go to Pawtucket and take a physical on Tuesday, and if he passes he’ll join Norfolk. … Bowie RHP Zach Davies was named the Eastern League Player of the Week. He pitched 13 scoreless innings.

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