The Orioles have released outfielder Travis Snider, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports. The club had designated him for assignment on August 7.
Snider compiled a poor .237/.318/.341 triple-slash line with three home runs and 20 RBI in 236 plate appearances. The Orioles upgraded their outfield, acquiring Gerardo Parra and Junior Lake at the trade deadline, which left Snider on the outside looking in. Lake, however, was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday to make room for Henry Urrutia, coming up from Norfolk.
The O’s also purged outfielder David Lough on Friday.
The Orioles announced earlier today that the club designated outfielder David Lough for assignment and recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.
Though catcher Matt Wieters says he expects to stay off of the disabled list, he was held out of Friday’s lineup against the Athletics and is only available off the bench. Clevenger gives the Orioles a healthy second catcher for at least one game. Clevenger, 29, has taken only 11 plate appearances in the majors for the Orioles this season, but is hitting .455. He had a more modest .769 OPS in 301 PA with Norfolk.
Lough, 29, compiled a meager .202/.243/.318 batting line with four home runs and 12 RBI in 139 PA this year for the Orioles. Junior Lake and Nolan Reimold will handle left field for the O’s the rest of the way.
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Orioles have expressed interest in Padres outfielder Justin Upton. Morosi’s colleague, Ken Rosenthal, added that they’ve also inquired on Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez.
While the Orioles have gotten terrific production out of Adam Jones in center field, they’ve gotten very little from the corners. They have been using Chris Davis in right field while Nolan Reimold, David Lough, and Travis Snider have shared time in left. The Orioles’ aggregate .628 OPS out of left field is third-worst in the American League, though their Davis-inspired .760 OPS is seventh-best.
Upton, 27, can become a free agent after the season and is owed only the remainder of his $14.5 million salary for the 2015 season. He exited Sunday’s game with tightness in his lower back, per MLB.com’s Corey Brock, but it sounds like a minor issue. He entered play Sunday batting .252/.331/.426 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI.
Gomez, 29, is signed through 2016. He’s owed the remainder of $8 million for this season and $9 million next season. He entered play Sunday hitting .267/.322/.439 with eight home runs and 41 RBI.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is out of the lineup tonight for the eighth time in the past 10 games and it sounds like the team is just about ready to place him on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that Jones did some throwing today for the first time in a week and if he has shoulder soreness tomorrow a disabled list stint will likely be required. He’s already remained on the active roster far longer than most injured players trying to stay off the DL, but clearly the Orioles wanted to avoid shutting him down if at all possible.
David Lough has been the primarily fill-in for Jones and Nolan Reimold has also seen some action in center field.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is out of the lineup Thursday for the third straight game with shoulder and toe injuries.
David Lough is starting in his place against the Phillies.
Jones hurt his shoulder Monday while diving for a ball in the outfield and the toe injury is one of several nagging health issues he’s dealt with this season while hitting .301 with 10 homers and an .836 OPS in 61 games to more or less match his 2012-2014 production.