BALTIMORE – On Wednesday made three moves, they made room on the 40-man roster by designating left-handed pitchers Kyle Lobstein and Ashur Tolliver for assignment.
They hoped to keep both pitchers, but now they’ll only keep Lobstein, who they received from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Zach Phillips, but who was on the roster for less than three hours. Lobstein was designated for assignment when Drew Stubbs was claimed on waivers.
Tolliver, who was designated for assignment to make room for Lobstein was claimed by the Los Angeles Angels.
“It’s disappointing, but he’s going to get a good opportunity for the Angels,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Knowing Ashur that’s something he deserves. He’s a guy that can help. [I’m] sure they’ll like him.”
Tolliver was a fifth round draft choice of the Orioles in 2009, but didn’t get to the majors until May. He was 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA in five games.
Lobstein passed through waivers and was outrighted to Norfolk. He was 2-0 with a 3.96 ERA in 14 games with Pittsburgh.
Showalter said he discussed whether to add Lobstein to the September roster with Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette.
A 40-man roster move would have to be made, and Showalter said Lobstein might be among a group of players sent to Sarasota, Fla. to stay ready in case they’re needed later in the month.