Andino was suspended 50 games Wednesday for testing positive for a drug of abuse, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports. Aside from a 13-game stint with the Marlins last season, Andino hasn't seen major-league action since 2013. The 33-year-old isn't more than organizational depth at this point in his career. He'll be eligible to return in late July.
Andino will receive an extra look this spring while J.J. Hardy continues to deal with lower back problems, Rich Dubroff of Pressbox reports. The veteran will get a chance to show he's still got something left in the tank as he embarks on his 11th MLB season. With Hardy's lingering back issues and Manny Machado playing in the World Baseball Classic, Andino should get a fair chance to usurp Ryan Flaherty for the team's backup infielder role. Andino's most productive season came as an Oriole in 2011, but even that wasn't much of a fantasy-worthy campaign. The 32-year-old is a longshot to move up the depth chart before Opening Day, but Andino's extra at-bats this spring are worth a glance.
Nadine agreed to a minor league deal with the Orioles on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports. The 32-year-old has made just 24 plate appearances since 2013, going 7-for-24 with the Marlins after being called up last year. He slashed .267/.319/.427 across 453 plate appearances in Triple-A last year, where he'll likely end up again as organizational infield depth.
Andino went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in Triple-A New Orleans' 4-2 loss to Iowa on Thursday. Andino had a great spring, batting 10-for-29 for a .345 average and .424 OBP. In 2015, the infielder split time between Somerset in the independent Atlantic League and Santurce in the Puerto Rican Winter League and hit .248 and .263, respectively. Given the 31-year-old's relatively extensive experience in the majors (468 games) and his ability to play multiple positions, he could receive a call up in 2016 if a Marlins infielder goes down with an injury.
The Pirates made several roster moves Tuesday, including optioning Jaff Decker and Jared Hughes to Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates also reassigned Robert Andino, Chris Dickerson, Jay Jackson, Michael Martinez , Omir Santos, Daniel Schlereth, Zack Thornton and Adam Wilk to minor-league camp.
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