Casilla called up by O's, inserted in lineup

Veteran infielder could be part of Baltimore's postseason roster

Casilla called up by O's, inserted in lineup

TORONTO -- The Orioles selected the contract of infielder Alexi Casilla from Triple-A Norfolk before Saturday's game against the Blue Jays. Right-hander Preston Guilmet was designated for assignment to make room for Casilla on the 40-man roster.

Casilla, who led off and started at third base against Toronto starter J.A. Happ, is being given a two-game audition to make a case for himself to be included on Baltimore's postseason roster. The 30-year-old will head with the club to Baltimore on Monday and participate in team workouts for the next two days prior to Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday.

Injuries hurt Casilla's chances of joining the Orioles earlier in the season. But the utility man's versatility and well-regarded defense is something the team values.

"If he had been healthy, he would have been here a while ago," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's a guy that everyone knows, and has been a contributor in the past."

Casilla, who has been rehabbing an injured hamstring and missed time earlier in the season after undergoing surgery on his right hand, hit .264/.315/.320 in 56 Triple-A games this season. He stole nine bases in 11 attempts, and can play both second and shortstop.

The eight-year veteran played 62 games with the Orioles last season, hitting .214/.268/.295 with nine stolen bases.

For Casilla and players fighting for inclusion on the Orioles' postseason roster, Baltimore's first-round opponent will be a critical factor in deciding who the team carries. Showalter does, however, intend to deploy a larger bench for the playoffs.

"I still haven't made up my mind on whether we are going to go 10 or 11 pitchers in the postseason," said Showalter. "[Our] Game 3 and 4 starters are in the bullpen Game 1 and 2."

Guilmet, meanwhile, had a 5.23 ERA over 10 appearances with the Orioles this season.

Casilla went 0-for-4 in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays.

Chris Toman is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.