|Tuesday, March 11
Updated: March 12, 1:43 PM ET
Richard says throwing shoulder still bothering him
Cust, 24, hit .265 with 23 home runs and 55 RBI with Triple-A Colorado Springs last year. In 35 games with the Rockies, who acquired him for left-handed reliever Mike Myers in January 2002, he batted .169 with one homer and eight RBI.
Richard, 28, missed the first four months of last season recovering from left shoulder surgery. He hit .232 with four homers and 21 RBI, but has not played the outfield since 2001 while recovering from shoulder surgery.
"I haven't made throws from the outfield on consecutive days," said Richard, acquired from St. Louis for pitcher Mike Timlin in July 2000. "I'm sure the shoulder will be able to handle it. ... I hope the Rockies realize that I'm less than 100 percent throwing from the outfield."
The Orioles were thwarted in their attempt to land a middle-of-the-lineup power hitter through trade or free agency during the offseason.
Cust could play designated hitter for the Orioles, who still have a logjam of corner outfielders and first basemen. Because Cust has a minor league option remaining, he could start the season at Triple-A Ottawa.