BALTIMORE -- Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has been fielding calls on the team's veterans, and said on Sunday that he doesn't believe Ty Wigginton -- believed to be the team's best trade chip -- will lose value based on his pending three-game suspension.
"I don't think that's going to be impactful for that," said MacPhail, who called the trade market a slow development that is "prodding along."
"Everybody is being a little coy right now, myself included," MacPhail said when asked if he expected the team to make at least one trade before the deadline.
"My own impression is that we have some of these big-target starting pitchers out there who probably have a lot of teams focused on whether they are in or out of that picture or not before they move on to other targets. I think that might be slowing down our market a little."
The Orioles don't have any big name pitchers, but Wigginton's name has been listed in conjunction with at least 10 teams, including the Rangers, Phillies, Twins and Yankees. He is appealing the suspension handed down after Friday's ejection, and the punishment could be lessened to a game or two. Wigginton could also drop the appeal and serve the three-game suspension prior to being traded, although the team would prefer to let the process drag out given the O's short bench.
Third baseman Miguel Tejada has also garnered interest from several teams and reliever Will Ohman, outfielder Corey Patterson and designated hitter Luke Scott all have a chance to be donning another uniform in August.
Starter Jeremy Guthrie's name has been mentioned in several trade rumors, but it's believed the Orioles would have to get a significant return to move him. Guthrie is under team control through 2012 and given his recent resurgence he helps stabilize a young and inconsistent O's rotation.
Wieters returns to O's lineup
BALTIMORE -- As expected, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was back in the starting lineup on Sunday and interim manager Juan Samuel said the plan is for Wieters to play three straight games before resting for Wednesday's finale in Toronto.
Wieters (right hamstring strain) was officially activated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning, in a move that was believed to be more precautionary in alleviating any future hamstring problems.
"[The DL] was a good decision to where I wouldn't have had tried to play Monday or Tuesday and maybe had a little bit more a risk of getting hurt again," Wieters said. "It's something I wanted to be in there as soon as possible, but it's probably a good thing that I was able to get a couple extra days off."
The Orioles were able to take advantage of the four-day All-Star break to give Wieters the shortest DL stint possible, and the 24-year-old has been running, hitting and catching bullpen sessions the last few days with no problem.
"I feel like I have been doing baseball activities so the transition may be a little easier than if I was just not doing anything for the past two weeks," Wieters said. "I am just going to go out there and make sure I get extra loose and the heat should be able to help to keep it a little bit loose."
O's undecided on Samuel's future
BALTIMORE -- Despite a myriad of rumors on a near-daily basis, interim Orioles manager Juan Samuel isn't worried about what might happen, or when president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail will decide on a full-time replacement for ex-skipper Dave Trembley.
"I've got no expectations," Samuel said, when asked if he thought the organization would let him finish out the year. "I'm coming in here every day and trying to do my job every day and I'm not expecting anything to happen here, tomorrow, next week, next year. I'm coming in every day and doing the best that I can."
The Orioles are 16-27 since Samuel took over for Trembley, who was dismissed on June 4 with a 15-39 record. MacPhail has said previously that there is no timetable on naming a permanent manager and it appears the O's focus right now is on July 31's Trade Deadline.
Current ESPN analyst Buck Showalter is believed to be the leading candidate to take over, although no official offer has been extended.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.