BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter acknowledged it's been tough to get rookie Ryan Adams at-bats, but the young second baseman has still been enjoying his first taste of the Major Leagues.
"I didn't expect to be called up so this is -- I'm just happy to be here," said Adams, who has had just 12 at-bats since having his contract purchased May 20. "I could be down in Triple-A, playing every day, but I'm up here learning and this is an alternate road. So, I'm happy."
While the organization would prefer to get Adams regular playing time, a fact Showalter has alluded to multiple times, Brian Roberts' absence makes it necessary to have a backup at second base for Robert Andino. Eventually, the organization's plan is for Adams to be returned to Triple-A in favor of a more veteran player, to allow Adams to continue developing. But in the interim, Showalter hopes the 24-year-old Adams can use this opportunity to his advantage.
"As much as you tell him, it's kind of up to him just a little bit, too," Showalter said. "I watch [Adams] a lot during the games, see if he's watching the game. I'll go down there and ask him a question, what have you. He's engaged and I want the experience, for however long it lasts, to be a good one for him."
Adams hit .303 with a .434 slugging percentage in 39 games with the Tides before being promoted and he collected his first hit in his Major League debut on May 20. Although he has only started three games, Adams said he hasn't altered his pregame routine from the Minor Leagues and hasn't had any trouble staying engaged on the bench.
"Right now it seems my role is just being ready in case anybody goes down and if they ever need me late in a game," said Adams, who singled in a pinch-hit at-bat Friday. "I just got to be ready."