Moving Wieters to Triple-A not yet an option
Orioles not thinking about optioning struggling catcher
SAN DIEGO -- Interim manager Juan Samuel said there has been no discussion within the organization to sending struggling catcher Matt Wieters to Triple-A.
The 24-year-old Wieters entered Sunday's finale with the Padres in an 0-for-16 stretch, and he had recorded just three hits in his past 10 games, posting a .088 average (3-for-34) over that span.
Slotted in the seven-hole, Wieters broke out of his funk in a big way by clearing the bases with a first-inning double, staking the O's to a four-run lead.
"We haven't even thought about it," Baltimore's skipper said. "[The coaching staff] just leaves that to the people that make the decision, when they feel it is the time to do something. But it has not been discussed at all."
Wieters was back behind the plate on Sunday, partly because Samuel wanted to see him take some swings off right-handed starter Jon Garland. A switch-hitter, Wieters is batting .230 (35-for-152) off right-handed pitching and .203 (14-for-69) off lefties.
"He's been trying to stay on top of the ball," Samuel said. "I don't know if he is trying too hard, again we have faced some lefties too. I think I [will] see how he looks from the left side, and then go from there."
A highly-touted prospect, Wieters led all American League rookies with a .288 average last season and was expected to build on a red-hot September. Instead, he has struggled to hit for average and his lack of power has been alarming. Through the Orioles' first 68 games, Wieters tallied five homers and 18 RBIs and has consistently looked overmatched at the plate -- striking out 52 times in 221 at-bats, which trails only Adam Jones' 60 for the team lead.
"I think when his mechanics are right, his bat speed is going to be there," said Samuel, who has made a conscious effort to give Wieters more rest in hopes that keeping his legs fresh will spark a hot streak.
"It's a day-to-day, series-to-series [decision] and we will see where he is, what decision is going to be made. But to me, he's a guy you got to play."
Inking Mummey could get wheels in motion
SAN DIEGO -- Orioles scouting director Joe Jordan is hopeful that the team's agreement with fourth-round Draft pick Trent Mummey will get the wheels in motion for the rest of this year's top-tier draftees.
"Getting him done is kind of important because it's signaled we've turned our attention to the top 10," Jordan said in a phone interview Sunday morning.
An outfielder out of Auburn, Mummey was selected with the 118th overall pick. The move is expected to be made official following a physical in Baltimore on Monday, and although Jordan doesn't expect any high-profile signings over the next few days, Mummey's agreement could certainly get other negotiations started.
The Orioles drafted three players from UCLA, which is currently playing in the College World Series, and Jordan said some negotiations, which include third-round pitcher Dan Klein, won't get going until the Bruins are doing playing.
"It gives us a reason to kind of watch and pay attention with what's going on in the World Series," Jordan said. "We got a lot of guys out playing [in Aberdeen and the Gulf Coast League] and hopefully we will start knocking off those top guys."
The Orioles' "top guy," third overall pick Manny Machado, has not started any negotiations with the team and is represented by the notoriously tough Boras Corporation, which could stall the shortstop's signing until the August 16 deadline.
"I think it's going to take some time with Manny, but I think Manny Machado wants to be playing this summer," Jordan said. "And I'm hopeful it won't be an August 15-16 deal. I'm going to try everything i can to make it quicker than that."
Machado is widely considered the top shortstop -- prep or college -- in this year's class.
The Orioles have agreed to terms with 26 of their 49 selections.
Felix Pie will start playing in games in the Gulf Coast League on Tuesday. Pie will play 10 rehab games at various Orioles affiliates before being reevaluated. ... Michael Gonzalez (left shoulder strain) tossed a simulated game on Saturday at the team's Spring Training Complex in Sarasota, Fla., and will throw again on Monday. ... As expected, ESPN analyst and former Major League manager Buck Showalter will meet with the Orioles this week regarding their managerial position. ... Triple-A Norfolk's Brandon Snyder was placed on the disabled list Saturday, retroactive to June 18, with a right shoulder strain. Snyder is considered one of the Orioles' top position prospects.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.