Orioles acquire Andrew Faulkner from the Rangers

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MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles have acquired pitcher Andrew Faulkner from the Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Orioles released Dariel Alvarez to create room on the 40-man roster for Faulkner.

Faulkner, 24, has logged only 16 1/3 innings in the majors, giving up eight earned runs on 16 hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts. The lefty spent most of last season at Triple-A Round Rock.

Alvarez, 28, learned on Wednesday that he will need to undergo Tommy John surgery. Alvarez was an outfielder but the Orioles decided to convert him to pitching. It’s a cold world out there.