BALTIMORE – Matt Wieters is unavailable to play because of a sore right hamstring. The Orioles needed a backup catcher to help out Caleb Joseph, so Steve Clevenger was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.
To make room for Clevenger on the roster, the Orioles designated outfielder David Lough for assignment.
Lough was batting .202 with four home runs and 12 RBIs and according to manager Buck Showalter will be outrighted to Norfolk if he clears waivers and the Orioles aren’t able to work out a trade.
“David, other than not being with us in the big leagues right now is in a good spot because he’s either going to be in the big leagues with somebody else or he’s going to be getting the at-bats he needs to get back to where he’s capable of being down in Norfolk with the potential to come back here in September,” manager Buck Showalter said.
“I think David understands it’s going to be good for him in his career in the long run...Other than not being with us right now, he’s in a no-lose situation. Something good’s going to happen for him in his career in the next four or five days. We had to have a catcher and that was the option that was chosen.”
Clevenger is 5-for-11 (.545) in four games with the Orioles this season. He’s batting .305 with four home runs and 32 RBIs in 75 games at Norfolk.
Nine players from the Opening Day roster are no longer with the team. The four outfielders who were supposed to make up for the lost production of Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis: Lough, Alejandro De Aza, Travis Snider and Delmon Young are all gone.
For much of the season, Lough was the backup center fielder, but Gerardo Parra, who was acquired two weeks ago, has often played in center. Lough also pinch ran and Showalter is comfortable with the options for pinch runners. Showalter mentioned Junior Lake and Jimmy Paredes.
NOTE: Henry Urrutia will be recalled from Norfolk on Saturday. The outfielder is on the taxi squad for tonight’s game. Another move will be made before Saturday’s game.