Teagarden returns from DL to rejoin Orioles

Teagarden returns from DL to rejoin Orioles

HOUSTON -- The Orioles reinstated catcher Taylor Teagarden prior to Tuesday's series opener in Houston, designating backstop Chris Snyder to make room on the 25-man roster.

Teagarden, who has been on the disabled list with a dislocated left thumb, played on a rehab assignment for Triple-A Norfolk over the weekend and said the biggest hurdle was gripping a bat.

"The catching part was a real easy transition," said Teagarden, who was placed on the DL on April 28. "The hitting took about a week or two to get going, but I'm really pleased with the way I feel. The range of motion in my thumb isn't like my right thumb by any means, but I can use it in a game without thinking twice about it."

Teagarden caught two games for Norfolk and served at designated hitter on Sunday going 1-for-13 at the plate, and manager Buck Showalter said the main thing he was looking for was health.

"I was talking to him today, he said he feels good," Showalter said of Teagarden, who will likely start Thursday and Sunday. "He said it feels good to get some at-bats. He's been chomping at the bit, he's been gone a while. Glad to have him back. Hate to lose Chris, but glad to have him back. Hopefully we will have him all by the end of the day."

Snyder, due to service time, could decline an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk depending on his options in other organizations. The Orioles remain optimistic that they will be able to keep him. Teagarden, who made the Opening Day roster as Matt Wieters' backup, has appeared in four games for the Orioles this season, going hitless in 13 at-bats. He threw out one of two attempted base stealers.

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