Whatever one want to say about University of Maryland football coach Randy Edsall, you cannot say he's not searching the globe for talent.Punter and place-kicker Brad Craddock, a native of Adelaide, Australia, has a signed up to play for the Terps, the program announced on Thursday. According to the statement released by the school, Craddock learned to punt playing Australian Rules football and was dubbed the top rated Australian kicking prospect in the class of 2012 by one publication. He has trained with OzPunt, an Australian punting, kicking and holding academy."Brad is an extremely talented kicker and punter with a very strong leg and excellent hangtime and distance with his kicks," Edsall said in the statement. "Having had experience with an Australian punter previously, I felt that Brad would be a great fit based on film and recommendations of our kicking and International contacts. We look forward to having Brad with us when our team reports to camp on August 5th."Senior Nick Ferrara handled kicking, punting and kickoff duties last season for Maryland. In 2011, Ferrara made 12 of 20 field goal attempts and averaged 39.5 yards on 57 punts. Rising sophomore Michael Tart is another kicking option on the roster.Craddock will have all four years of eligibility available at Maryland.
BALTIMORE—Brady Anderson was born in Maryland, and though he only lived here for a year, he’s spent so much of his adult life creating happy memories for Orioles fans that he was a natural to be added to the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame.
This year’s class was announced Tuesday, and Anderson joins famed sailor Gary Jobson, University of Maryland football and NFL player Louis Carter, Wheeler Baker (powerboating), Laurie Schowoy (soccer) and Jack Thomas (lacrosse).
Jim Henneman, the longtime sportswriter for the Baltimore News American, Baltimore Evening Sun and Sun, was named the John F. Steadman Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
Anderson, who was born in Silver Spring, moved to California as an infant, and played for the Orioles from 1988-2001, hit a then franchise record 50 home runs in 1996.
“It’s become my second home, there’s no doubt,” Anderson said. “The only team I really care about. The only team I want to work for.”
Anderson is currently the Orioles Vice President of Baseball Operations.
“I think of myself as an Oriole more than as a Marylander, although I spend half my time here, more than half my time,” Anderson said.
“A few times it came close where I could have been playing for someone else, I couldn’t picture myself going into any other stadium as a home player, except for Camden Yards.”
Henneman, who often serves as official scorer for Orioles games, has witnessed more of the team’s games than anyone.
The induction is on Nov. 3 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Tickets are $75.
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BALTIMORE—Chris Tillman, who threw on flat ground Monday, will do that again Wednesday. Manager Buck Showalter said that trainer Richie Bancells and pitching coach Dave Wallace have constructed his rehab program.
Tillman, who is on the disabled list with bursitis of the right shoulder, is eligible to return on Monday, but he won’t.
If everything goes well, Tillman will start throwing on a mound this weekend, but don’t expect him back on Sept. 9 or 10 as Showalter indicated last weekend in New York.
“That’s the earliest,” Showalter said of Sept. 9 or 10. “I don’t think that will happen…After seeing the schedule, I see what they’re trying to do, and they’re right. Chris feels good, and I want to make sure…We have to cross over a couple of thresholds to get to that date.”
Because the minor leagues end on Monday, Tillman will have to rehab with the Orioles.
NOTES: Showalter spoke with Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette about roster expansion. Rosters can be expanded on Thursday.
Showalter indicated that Duquette spoke with him about some possible trades, but none involve players currently on the Orioles. Players must join a new team by midnight Wednesday in order to be eligible for the postseason.
Even though the Orioles have been shuffling relief pitchers recently, Showalter said the team isn’t expected to recall a large number of players.
Catcher Caleb Joseph will be recalled from Norfolk, and outfielders Julio Borbon, who along with pitcher Logan Ondrusek were outrighted to Bowie on Tuesday and Chris Dickerson could be added.
In order to add Borbon or Dickerson, space must be made on the 40-man roster. If Joey Rickard, whose injured thumb will be examined Friday isn’t ready to return, he could be placed on the 60-day disabled list, creating a roster spot.
Showalter also indicated that Brian Duensing, who is on the 60-day DL, is going to be added, and space must be made for him.
“I don’t know if anybody is going to make better 40-man roster additions than [Darren] O’Day and Tillman and Rickard. That’s the three guys we’d like to add,” Showalter said.
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BALTIMORE—Adam Jones is getting closer to returning to the Orioles lineup. However, he’s not close enough to play.
Jones, who left Friday night’s game with a strained left hamstring is missing from the lineup for the fourth straight game.
“Close, very close, still feels just a little bit with one movement. Close, could play him. Take a pretty big risk that he may not be with us the rest of the year. Be careful,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Showalter said it was possible that he wouldn’t play Jones on Wednesday, either and give him the Thursday off day to rest the hamstring before allowing him to returning on Friday against the New York Yankees.
“I would be tempted, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten better at fighting temptation,” Showalter said. “I’ve thought about that. I’ve also thought about September…I feel like if Adam is ready to play today, he’d play. He’s available to us, close.”
Jones did some running and throwing before the game.
“There’s not any symptoms of long-term stuff,” Showalter said.
On Monday, Jones said that he was trying to be smarter about not playing through injuries.
“Wisdom comes through years. When Adam plays, which is most of the time, it’s with that fearless, reckless abandon, but it’s gotten smarter, too. It’s kind of like taking unneeded hits in football,” Showalter said.
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