A potential trade of Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada may have hit a snag -- he doesn't want to play third base, at least not now.
I don't want to go anywhere to play third base. [Shortstop] is the position I've always played," Tejada said before the Orioles' 13-11 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday -- although he did say he wouldn't rule it out in the future. "I don't want to disappoint myself and I don't want to disappoint anybody else. If I go somewhere else, I am going to try. But it's not the same [as] if I was going to be playing short."
"I'm not trying to leave from here," he told The Sun of Baltimore. "They're trying to make me leave. It's the team, not me. I don't have control of that. The manager and I don't know who, they want to take me out of here. But I don't want to push to get out of here because that's not what I'm thinking."
But Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo denied he wants Tejada gone.
"It's certainly not something that would come from my mouth," Perlozzo told The Sun. "It would be pretty hard to say that you want your top hitter and RBI guy off your ballclub. I don't feel that way at all."