Quintanilla's bat presents nice problem for O's

Quintanilla's bat presents nice problem for O's

Quintanilla's bat presents nice problem for O's
NEW YORK -- When the Orioles acquired Omar Quintanilla from the New York Mets on July 20, the move was seen as an addition of a defense-first infielder who could help bridge the gap with Baltimore missing Brian Roberts and Robert Andino.

But Quintanilla has added more than a steady glove, entering Wednesday's game hitting .406 with a homer and five RBIs for Baltimore, including a seven-game hitting streak that has the 30-year-old playing even with Andino's return.

"It would be easy to say now we knew exactly what [we were getting]," manager Buck Showalter said of Quintanilla's bat. "Yeah, [I'm surprised] somewhat. We had an open mind about it. He's got some track record of having success. ... If you look at the on-base percentage of the last two, three weeks he played with the Mets -- it was good.

"He's a very hungry guy. He's got a real intensity about him. I can't say I knew exactly, but I trusted our people and we did a lot of homework on him. It doesn't surprise me that he approaches the game the way that he does."

Quintanilla entered Wednesday hitting .462 with two doubles, a homer, four RBIs and four runs scored over his hitting streak, and he tied a career high with three hits on Sunday. Showalter said Andino would start Friday's series opener in Tampa Bay, and it's a good problem for the Orioles to have a little competition at second base.

Tuesday night's start, with Andino coming off the DL earlier in the day, caught Quintanilla a little off-guard.

"I was surprised," Quintanilla said. "Andino is a good player. I don't know what's going to happen. I don't make the decisions, but I'm thinking we're both going to be ready to play every day when they need us."