SAN DIEGO -- A hunch that something may happen had Will Ohman bringing some extra luggage with him when the Orioles went on their current road trip. "I had a bag packed, just in case," Ohman said. "I went the Boy Scout route, and was prepared. I didn't expect anything. It was one of those things where we were going on the road and I might not be coming back." Intuition became a reality. Minutes before Saturday's 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline, the Orioles dealt Ohman to the Marlins for right-hander Rick VandenHurk.
After arriving from Kansas City, where the Orioles were playing, Ohman was in uniform, wearing No. 13 in the Marlins' series finale with the Padres at PETCO Park. A veteran lefty specialist, Ohman turns 33 on Aug. 13. He joins Taylor Tankersley as the second left-hander in the bullpen. The timing of the trade comes with the heavily left-handed-hitting Phillies coming to Sun Life Stadium beginning on Tuesday for a three-game series. Ohman will be used more in the late innings, with Tankersley getting the nod in earlier innings. The Marlins have ground to make up. But after being with the Orioles, who have the worst record in baseball, Ohman welcomes the chance to be on a team hoping to compete. "It's an energetic club that is playing hot," Ohman said of the Marlins. "So absolutely you feel like you can catch lightning in a bottle. When you get into the moved into that situation, it's definitely an energizing situation. A little more energy. More meaningful games. It's exciting to work with that." Ohman was having a solid season with the Orioles, after a rough 2009 with the Dodgers. He was bothered by a shoulder issue a year ago, and had surgery last fall. "I had some bone spurs in the AC joint," said Ohman, who appeared in 51 games this year with the Orioles. "Everybody gets worried about that because it is a shoulder, but it had all the excitement of having a bone chip in your elbow. That's why I couldn't throw pitches where I wanted to."
Ohman faced one batter and induced an inning-ending flyout in his Marlins debut during a 5-4 loss to the Padres on Sunday.