The Orioles had a chance to claim Andino – although they would have had to assume what remained on his $1.6 million, 2013 salary – and declined. It was discussed internally, but the Orioles decided to stick with Ryan Flaherty and Alexi Casilla at second base.
Flaherty, who had two hits in his recall to the majors Wednesday after batting .133 in his first stint with the Orioles this year, can be sent to the minors. The Orioles would have to ask waivers on Casilla, and if he cleared, would be responsible for what is remaining on his $1.9 million salary for 2013.
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The Orioles have had four different players start at second this year, Flaherty, Casilla, Yamaico Navarro and Brian Roberts. Combined they hit .204 with a .266 on-base percentage, two homers and 11 RBIs in 53 games.
Andino, who was with the Orioles from 2009 to 2012, hit .189 with a .253 on-base percentage in 29 games with the Mariners.
According to an industry source, the Orioles are one of several teams that have kept tabs on 33-year-old right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, who is 3-4 with a 2.65 ERA in eight starts for the New York Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate in Scranton Wilkes-Barre.
Wang can opt out of his minor league contract on Friday – and at the end of every month. He likely would do so only if he sees an obvious major league rotation spot.
The Orioles don’t appear to be too interested, but club vice president Dan Duquette is always looking at potential options.
Triple-A outfielder Lew Ford had sports hernia surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia. Dr. William Meyers, who performed a similar surgery in October on Ford, did this one as well. Ford, 36, was batting a combined .228 in 21 games at Triple-A Norfolk and Double-A Bowie.