Orioles' Dalles Looks To Overcome Collision





BALTIMORE—A violent collision at home plate knocked low Class A Delmarva catcher Justin Dalles to the ground and landed him on the disabled list.

Dalles, a sixth-round pick in last year's draft out of the South Carolina, suffered a concussion in the late stages of an April game against Hagerstown. He also failed to prevent Stephen Souza from scoring the go-ahead run in the 12th inning, but that was the least of his problems.

John Stockstill, the Orioles' farm director, confirmed that Dalles lost consciousness for a few minutes before leaving the field on a stretcher and being transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital.

"He's going to be fine," Shorebirds manager Ryan Minor said. "It was a normal baseball play. They were trying to score a run in the 12th inning. The throw kind of took him back into the runner and there was a collision at home plate. It was scary for a moment, but he'll be fine.

"He's a tough kid and he'll bounce back. Any catcher gets hit at the plate. I think he hit his head on the ground, but fortunately he's going to be OK."

Dalles, 21, has been impressive in his first month in the South Atlantic League. He was batting .370/.452/.630 with two homers and five RBIs in eight games, and won points with Minor for his work behind the plate.

"He's been doing exceptionally well," Minor said. "He's a high-energy guy and you have to control his energy some, but he's done well blocking the ball and throwing runners out and receiving the ball.

"He's a typical young catcher in terms of calling a game. He still can get in a mode of throwing too many breaking balls early in the count and sometimes you get behind hitters that way. But he's been tremendous behind the plate and a surprise somewhat at the plate. He's been spraying the ball all over the field."

Bird Seed

• The Orioles signed veteran outfielder Corey Patterson to a minor league contract and sent him to extended spring training in Sarasota, Fla. Patterson played for the Orioles in 2006 and 2007. He opted out of his minor league deal with the Mariners on March 31 after being told he wouldn't make the team out of spring training.

• Shortstop Blake Davis moved up from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk despite batting .190/.280/.238 in 21 at-bats. Davis began the year at a lower level because the Orioles didn't have room for him at Norfolk after Robert Andino cleared waivers and was outrighted. Justin Turner's promotion to the majors cleared a spot.