Flaherty performing well in starting role

Flaherty performing well in starting role

Flaherty performing well in starting role

CLEVELAND -- Ryan Flaherty has made the most of his weekend starting at second base against the Indians.

Flaherty homered in the first two games of the series, helping him earn a start Sunday as well.

"I had a little talk with him a few days ago about getting timid and letting it rip and getting after it," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We were talking about some of the tendencies they are using on him."

Flaherty, who made the team out of Spring Training, has struggled in his rookie season, and on the current road trip. His two homers in Cleveland are his only hits on the eight-game run, which ends Monday against the Tribe.

Friday, the Orioles completed a trade for Omar Quintanilla. Before the corresponding roster move was announced, Flaherty was one of the players at risk of demotion.

"I guess you just have to take it for what it's worth," Flaherty said of the trade. "They made a move, whatever it means for me, it's out of my control. I'm just trying to do what I have to do to help this team win, whether it is playing second or coming off the bench, playing the outfield."

Showalter is a believer in Flaherty's future.

"We've been down a long road with Ryan," Showalter said. "And if I had known then what I know now, I'd have been happy we drafted him. He's got a chance to be a good player."