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O's outright Andino to Triple-A Norfolk

O's outright Andino to Triple-A Norfolk

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles announced Wednesday that infielder Robert Andino has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk.

"You got to treat it as motivation, I'll go down there and have fun -- that's it," Andino said in a phone interview with MLB.com. "Of course it's better to be in the bigs and have fun, but I'm not going to sit back and mope."

The 25-year-old entered camp widely considered as the team's utility infielder, but the April 1 trade for Julio Lugo left Andino as the odd man out. He was designated for assignment on Saturday, when the Orioles finalized their 25-man roster.

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"That's good for us as an organization," manager Dave Trembley said of Andino's assignment. "That gives us some more depth in our system."

Given that the organization has asked Scott Moore to play shortstop and Blake Davis to move to the utility role down in Norfolk, working in Andino could pose a challenge. On Wednesday, Andino said he was told he would play shortstop and didn't expect to be anywhere else given that the rest of Norfolk's infield -- Brandon Snyder, Josh Bell and Justin Turner -- is pretty well cemented.

"Moore will get in there a few times a week," president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said of Norfolk's shortstop situation. "But Andino will get the lion's share of the playing time."

Andino acknowledged he was "shocked" by the Orioles' move to acquire Lugo so late in camp, but he noted that the decision was out of his hands. In 78 games with Baltimore last season, Andino hit .222 (44-for-198) with 10 RBIs. He was acquired by the Orioles on April 1, 2009, in a trade with the Florida Marlins.

"It's really hard to get picked up on waivers this late in spring; half the teams had their roster set," Andino said. "Of course I'd like to be in the bigs, but everything happens for a reason."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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