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Trumbo makes long-awaited season debut

O's slugger comes off DL for series opener at Angel Stadium
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ANAHEIM -- Mark Trumbo rejoined the Orioles on Tuesday, as expected, with the designated hitter activated from the disabled list pregame as part of several roster moves. He went 0-for-4 in the Orioles' 3-2 loss to the Angels.

The O's also placed Luis Sardinas on the DL with a lower back injury and recalled Engelb Vielma from Triple-A Norfolk. They optioned outfielder Joey Rickard after Sunday's game to clear a second roster spot.

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ANAHEIM -- Mark Trumbo rejoined the Orioles on Tuesday, as expected, with the designated hitter activated from the disabled list pregame as part of several roster moves. He went 0-for-4 in the Orioles' 3-2 loss to the Angels.

The O's also placed Luis Sardinas on the DL with a lower back injury and recalled Engelb Vielma from Triple-A Norfolk. They optioned outfielder Joey Rickard after Sunday's game to clear a second roster spot.

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Trumbo has been sidelined since Spring Training with a quad injury and made his season debut in front of a home crowd of sorts, as he started his career with Anaheim and grew up just 10 minutes from Angel Stadium.

"I guess this took about as much time as I originally had been told it might. I would have gotten it going sooner than later, but it just wasn't quite ready up until recently," he said. "The assignment [with Norfolk] down in Charlotte went well. I played outfield two of the days and I got tested a number of times and it all checked out."

Vielma gives the Orioles some more infield depth. He is 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in three games with the Orioles. Sardinas was 2-for-18 with a home run in eight games.

Injury Updates
Jonathan Schoop (oblique) will play in extended spring training games on Wednesday and Thursday with the goal of playing this weekend for Double-A Bowie. Assuming that goes OK, the second baseman could join the Orioles as early as next Tuesday.

Colby Rasmus (hip) has been taking some swings at extended spring training, while Tim Beckham (core surgery) is also in Florida and is expected to start his rehab soon.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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