Flaherty flaunting his versatility in the field

Flaherty flaunting his versatility in the field

BALTIMORE -- Ryan Flaherty said that he has about six gloves in his locker. He might wind up needing all of them.

Flaherty started his fourth straight game on Saturday, and he's manned three positions, playing second base in the first two contests, then third and, in the middle game of the three-game set with the A's, right field.

"I played a little bit of right field last year in the Minor Leagues, and in Spring Training I played out there a bunch of games," Flaherty said. "I like playing all over. It's a new challenge every day, and I'm excited for it."

Manager Buck Showalter put Flaherty in right field on Saturday to let Nick Markakis be the designated hitter. Markakis, like several of his teammates in recent days, isn't feeling great, so playing DH let him rest a bit, especially on a night when it was raining/misting for much of the game.

Showalter said that Flaherty's versatility is a help to the Orioles.

"We didn't have this last year," Showalter said. ""I saw how much he played in the spring at different places. There's only one way to find out [about a player], so we'll see."