- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 31, 2008

BALTIMORE - Orioles manager Dave Trembley isn’t ready to bring Steve Trachsel back into his starting rotation, even though there’s an opening Tuesday when Baltimore begins a road trip in Minnesota.

Trachsel hasn’t pitched in a week, but Trembley yesterday opted against naming a starter in the series opener against the Twins. Trachsel has pitched only once since May 9, in part because he’s 2-5 with an 8.82 ERA.

“I have some options. It depends on what I do in these first two games of this series,” Trembley said before the Orioles faced Boston. “I’ll probably have a decision after the game [today] or first thing [tomorrow].”

Matt Albers is a possibility. So is Trachsel. Or Trembley will consider using someone in the minors. Hayden Penn isn’t an option, because the right-hander was placed on the disabled list this week with a shoulder injury.

“I have to think about all those guys down there,” Trembley said. “If there’s somebody ready, we’ll give him a shot. If they’re not ready, we’re not going to do that.”

Trembley previously skipped Trachsel because the Orioles had a run of off-days, and the manager wanted to keep his younger pitchers working on four days’ rest. Plus, the 37-year-old Trachsel has been struggling this season.

Trachsel won’t be used out of the bullpen, so if he gets passed again in the rotation, Trembley acknowledged the team would have to “re-evaluate” the right-hander’s place on the roster.

Still going green

Brian Roberts had been caught stealing a team-high five times before last night, leaving some question as to whether the green light will remain on for Baltimore’s fleet-footed leadoff hitter.

In a word, yes.

“I’m not going to tell Brian Roberts not be aggressive. I’m not all of a sudden going to put a hold sign on Brian Roberts and tell him not to run,” Trembley said. “He’s one of the premier runners in baseball.”

Bynum settles in

When Freddie Bynum returned from the disabled list May 8, he was told by Trembley that the shortstop job was his to lose.

Luis Hernandez was given the same speech on Opening Day but couldn’t produce. Bynum, however, isn’t the least bit worried about suffering the same fate as his predecessor.

“No looking over my shoulder, nothing like that. Just play baseball every day,” he said yesterday. “I don’t think about anything else but doing my job. All I’m thinking about is catching the ball, throwing the ball and helping my team win.”

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