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INF Tim Beckham comes off DL, making Orioles feel complete

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By DAVID GINSBURG

AP Sports Writer

BALTIMORE (AP) Infielder Tim Beckham has been activated from the disabled list by the last-place Baltimore Orioles, who finally have the starting lineup they anticipated when spring training started.

Beckham batted .179 with one homer and four RBIs in 23 games before going on the DL with a groin strain in April. After undergoing core surgery, he missed two months.

"I don't want to think about what was going on before the injury," Beckham said Monday. "I'm here now, I'm healthy and I'm ready to play some ball."

Beckham said he had been playing with pain long before he was traded from Tampa Bay to Baltimore last July.

"It's something I battled through for years," he said. "You have to play through injuries sometimes. That's the situation I was in at Tampa."

With Beckham back, the Orioles started all their front-line players for the first time Monday night against Seattle. The lineup included Jonathan Schoop, Mark Trumbo and Colby Rasmus, all of whom have spent extensive time on the disabled list.

Baltimore began the day with a 23-53 record.

"It's been a long (76) games, but I'm glad to see everybody back," said first baseman Chris Davis, who recently sat out eight games in an effort to shake a lengthy slump. "I'm glad to see everyone back."

Beckham returns after playing in seven minor league games on his rehabilitation assignment.

"Our record doesn't look good right now, but we have a really good ball club," Beckham insisted. "For everyone to be healthy and in the lineup tonight. It's a good feeling."

To make room for Beckham, the Orioles optioned reliever Donnie Hart to Triple-A Norfolk and moved infielder Luis Sardinas (back strain) to the 60-day disabled list.

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Updated June 25, 2018

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