SARASOTA, Fla. —
Instead, he had to clear waivers after the Orioles outrighted him last week to make room for pitcher
"What can you say ... it was just a week of misery, thinking about it,'' he said. "I just want to get on the field and play."
Robinson obviously hoped that another major league club would claim him, as that would have meant a place on a 40-man roster. Now, he's going to have to climb a long depth chart with the Orioles, but his ability to play all three outfield positions give him an outside chance to be an extra outfielder at the major league level.
"I thought I was going to be somewhere else,'' he said, "but it's the timing, too, so I'm not really worrying about it. I didn't give up hope. I can still make it to the big leagues, and it starts in
Robinson, 25, hasn't played more than 46 games at the major league level in a season, but he's compiled a .281/.355/.432 line in the minors.
"Last year, I was with the Mariners. I was playing good. I just got sent down," Robinson said. "I just want a long look. I want somebody to look at me, see that what I did in the minors is not a fluke. I just want to go out there and play."
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the team was "more comfortable" signing right-hander Jair Jurrjens to a minor league deal than a major league one after closely vetting the results of a physical on his right knee.
"There's some safeguards for the player in there, as well," Duquette told reporters during Saturday's first full-squad workout, which Jurrjens participated in fully. "At least we have a chance to work together and see if we can help him be a good big league pitcher.
"If you look in the book, it's hard to find players with that kind of record at his age," Duquette said of the 27-year-old. "He's a highly skilled pitcher. [He has] great control and we just thought it was interesting to get involved with him."
After agreeing to a $1.5 million deal with the Orioles three weeks ago — pending a physical — Jurrjens settled for a minor league deal with an unspecified opt-out clause. Jurrjens had been working out and throwing pen sessions in Tampa in the meantime.
"We were trying to learn more about his knee and what it would take for him to pitch effectively," Duquette said of the delay. "That's was a lot of the discussion and a lot of it was an educational process for the club. We referred it to a couple of doctors. We were also trying to learn the most effective way to help him regain his stature from earlier in his career. That took a little time."
Jurrjens was on the provisional roster for Netherlands for next month's World Baseball Classic, but he said he decided Friday that he wouldn't pitch in the WBC.
"Because of the way the contract is structured now, I really want to be here," Jurrjens said Saturday. "It was tough because I wanted to play with everyone I grew up with [in Curacao], but I told them that I would play the next time it comes around."
Ayala said he's awaiting a call from Mexico coach Teddy Higuera. The Mexican team's roster is in limbo because the Mexican Baseball League is currently not allowing its to participate in the WBC.
Ayala's winter league season ended just last week, as his Mexican winter league team won the Carribean Series.
Relievers getting relief
Showalter said those three will likely continue to be given extra days off as other pitchers throw bullpens every other day until games begin Saturday. Once games begin, Showalter said he hopes to give the trio around the same amount of innings as last spring.
In last year's
Ayala's pace would obviously change if he decides to pitch in the WBC.
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