The Orioles designated outfielder Travis Snider for assignment on Friday and recalled outfielder Junior Lake from Triple-A Norfolk.
Snider was a huge disappointment this season after the Orioles traded two minor league pitchers, Steven Brault and Stephen Tarpley to Pittsburgh for him in January.
The Orioles had hoped Snider would be an adequate replacement for Nick Markakis, but that didn’t work out. Snider batted .237 with three home runs and 20 RBIs, but hasn’t had an RBI since June 30.
Snider was in a 3-for-36 slump.
The left-handed hitting outfielder showed power last season for the Pirates when he hit 13 home runs and 38 RBIs with a .263 average. The Orioles hoped he could duplicate or even improve on those numbers, but Snider didn’t come close.
Lake was acquired a week ago from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Tommy Hunter. In parts of three major league seasons, Lake has a .241 lifetime average.
The right-handed hitter played 210 games for the Cubs this season, hitting .224 with a home run and five RBIs.
Lake, who will wear No. 48, has played all three outfield positions, but more in left field than anywhere else.
In 58 games for Chicago’s Triple-A Iowa, Lake batted .315 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs, and batted .333 in four games with the Tides.
Lake, who is in Friday’s lineup as the designated hitter, will be the 44th player used by the Orioles this season, equaling the number used in 2014.
The Orioles currently have three players who were designated for assignment. Besides Snider, Bud Norris and Chris Parmelee were designated last week.
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