Egan Looks To Make The Most Of Return To Orioles

BALTIMORE—When righthander Pat Egan returned to the Orioles system, it felt like he never left. That's because he was only gone a few months.

The Brewers selected Egan in the Rule 5 draft but offered him back to the Orioles after he cleared waivers. The Orioles paid the $25,000 fee and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk.

It completed an interesting swap, with reliever Adrian Rosario going back to the Brewers after the Orioles took him in the Rule 5 draft.

Egan, 26, didn't allow a run in 61/3 exhibition innings with the Brewers. He gave up six hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out two while working with former Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz.

"I tried to make their decision as hard as possible, but I was realistic and I knew that, as a Rule 5 pick, it puts the organization in a tough spot," he said. "I understood that going in, but I wanted to make a good impression."

His attempts to do so were delayed by a groin injury sustained in late February, but he's healthy now and hoping to put up better numbers at Norfolk.

The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Egan appeared in 27 games with the Tides last season, going 1-1, 5.11 in 37 innings. He allowed 54 hits, walked nine and struck out 17. He was much better at Double-A Bowie, where he went 6-1, 2.12 with 29 hits allowed in 47 innings. He walked seven and struck out 25.

Egan said he's grateful for the opportunity he received with the Brewers, especially being placed in a major league environment and learning from some of the veterans in camp, and looks forward to another tour with the Orioles.

"It all worked out in the end," he said. "I get to go back to the team that originally drafted me and gave me my first shot. It's kind of exciting."

"We're excited to get Egan back," manager Buck Showalter said. "Heard a lot of good things about him."

Bird Seed

• The Norfolk roster also includes second baseman Ryan Adams, who hit .298/.365/.464 with 43 doubles, 15 homers and 68 RBIs in 530 at-bats for Double-A Bowie in 2010.

• The Orioles have released 47 players since the end of last season after dropping Rookie-level Bluefield and one of their Dominican Summer League teams. Recent cuts include outfielders Joe Gaetti and Jeremy Shelby. Gaetti is the son of former major leaguer Gary Gaetti. Shelby is the son of former Orioles outfielder and coach John Shelby.