Tejada to begin hitting off tee, fielding ground balls Tuesday

SEATTLE -- Miguel Tejada is on his way back to the Baltimore

Miguel Tejada


Baltimore Orioles


Interim manager Dave Trembley said the star shortstop would
likely begin hitting off a tee and fielding ground balls Tuesday
when he rejoins the team in Seattle. It will be his first baseball
work since a pitch thrown by San Diego's Doug Brocail broke the
radius bone near the inside of Tejada's wrist on June 20.

Tejada played in 1,152 straight games -- the fifth-longest streak
in baseball history -- before being placed on the disabled list June

Trembley said Tejada will hit off a tee, do some fielding drills
and perhaps hit soft-tossed pitches before another X-ray is taken
on July 24. If that all goes well, Tejada will advance to what
Trembley called "phase 2 of his rehabilitation" -- live batting
practice and perhaps a minor league rehabilitation stint.

The Orioles originally estimated Tejada wouldn't be able to
resume baseball activities for at least a month, and could be
sidelined well into August. So it was more good news for Baltimore,
which entered Monday on a three-game winning streak and was 12-10
since Trembley replaced fired manager Sam Perlozzo.

"The guy's a proven star in the game, a .300 hitter, a proven
hitter in the middle of the lineup. The team's going to be better
with him back," Trembley said of Tejada, before adding it was too
early to estimate when Tejada would go on a minor league

As for other injured Orioles, Steve Trachsel is on track to
start Saturday at Oakland. That means Garrett Olson, the
23-year-old pitcher who earned his first major league win Sunday,
is likely headed back to the minors.

"Olson's got to pitch. Whether it'd be here or at Triple-A,
he's got to pitch" Trembley said. Trembley, the bullpen coach
before Perlozzo was dismissed, said he opposed moving Olson to the
bullpen to keep him with the Orioles.

Trembley said it is unknown when Freddie Bynum or
Melvin Mora
will return from the DL. Bynum strained his left hamstring July 6
running to first base. Mora went on the DL, retroactive to Friday,
with a sprained foot.