Flaherty gets another start thanks to versatility

Flaherty gets another start thanks to versatility

BALTIMORE -- Ryan Flaherty keeps making good use of the six gloves he keeps in his locker.

Flaherty will be making his third start of the season at third base for the Orioles in Friday's game against the Rays. He's started at second and third base plus left and right fields.

That's why he keeps so many gloves in his locker.

"I'm just trying to go out there and play hard and help this team win," Flaherty said. "It's a different position, and each position presents a different challenge."

Flaherty said he regularly takes grounders at second, third and shortstop to stay ready if called upon to play there.

The Orioles picked him from the Cubs in the Rule 5 draft last winter, and while Flaherty is batting .194, he's starting to produce offensively. He hit his first Major League homer on Thursday, leading off the first game of the doubleheader versus the Rangers.

But his versatility is something that manager Buck Showalter values, as the skipper is moving a lot of people to a lot of spots this season.