In their continuing pursuit to bolster an upstart club heading into a September pennant push, the
Wolf is flying to Baltimore on Wednesday and likely will be added to the roster before Saturday, which will allow the 36-year-old to be eligible to play for the Orioles if they make the postseason.
The signing wasn't official, a team source said, but it almost certainly will happen.
Wolf was 3-10 with a 5.69 ERA for the Brewers this season before being released Aug. 22. He was eligible to sign with any team for the prorated major league minimum.
The Orioles like Wolf's experience — he is 130-117 with a 4.19 ERA in 371 big league games (366 starts) in a 14-season career — and his versatility. He could pitch out of the bullpen or start.
"Both. We are going to take one step at a time and get him here," Orioles manager
Wolf will become the second veteran left-hander that the Orioles have acquired this week. They traded reliever
"We all know what September brings, it's very hard to acquire players after Sept. . And we are going to continue to try and be proactive," Showalter said. "Knock on wood, you are two line drives off an elbow or shoulder from scuffling for starters again. So you are better off covering your you-know-what as much as you can."
Saunders coming home
Saunders, who was born in Falls Church, Va., went to high school in Springfield and college at Virginia Tech, said it was "pretty surreal," that he's now playing for the team he grew up watching.
"It's always been in the back of my mind, but you've got to look at it from a player's standpoint, you really have no control over it," said Saunders, who has played his entire career for the
The 31-year-old Saunders will make his Orioles debut Wednesday, starting against the
Saunders has been in the
"We'll find out what kind of adjustment it is. I'm just looking to come over here and contribute," Saunders said. "I've got to talk to
Saunders also said he'll have to get himself acclimated to living near the Chesapeake Bay after all those years in Southern California and Arizona.
"Number one, you've got to get used to the humidity. Me and my wife were walking around [Baltimore] this afternoon and we were drenched in sweat," he said. "So we've got to drink a lot of water I think and stay hydrated as best we can. It's going to be a little bit of a transition, but I think we'll be fine."
Thome could swing soon
Orioles designated hitter
The Orioles are hesitant to put a date on Thome's potential return — or when he can play in a minor league game.
"He'd have to get through three or four segments [of swinging] where there's no recurring problem before we think about sending him on a rehab assignment," Showalter said.
Jason Hammel (knee) continues to have no problems in his incremental rehab, so he will start Saturday for Class-A Frederick. If that goes well, he will throw a side session with the Orioles in Toronto and then be re-evaluated.
He could pitch for the Orioles as early as Sept. 6 against the
Rotation set for next few days
After Saunders pitches Wednesday,
Around the horn
Pitching for Double-A Bowie on Tuesday night, Orioles top prospect