O's designate Moore for assignment

O's designate Moore for assignment

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles designated infielder Scott Moore for assignment on Friday afternoon to clear a roster spot for second baseman Brian Roberts' return.

"We wanted to keep somebody who would give us a hand at short, and [Julio] Lugo was that guy," interim manager Juan Samuel said. "We talked to Scotty Moore and he understood that situation."

The 26-year-old Moore, who played second base in Roberts' absence and also saw time at first, will have 10 days to be released, traded or clear waivers. If he makes it through the waiver wire, Moore can elect to become a Minor League free agent or he could opt to play for the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk, Va.

The Orioles hope Moore -- who signed with Baltimore this offseason -- will elect to stay with the organization, although Samuel said if that happens, there will be no push for him to play more shortstop.

"I think Scotty just needs to continue to play the positions we know he can play," Samuel said. "We know he's a good third baseman, we know he can play first, we know now he can play second. He'll probably play some short, but it also goes with who's playing down there in Triple-A and what their needs are down there."

A former first-round pick, Moore hit .209 (18-for-86) with 10 RBIs in 41 games for the Orioles this season. When reached by MLB.com, he said if he clears waivers he would consider all options, but would "probably" accept an assignment to Norfolk.