ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Orioles have signed lefty reliever Ryan O'Rourke. It’s not yet known if it’s a major or minor league deal, but it is presumably a minor league deal.
O’Rourke, 29, missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in early May. If his rehab continues to progress as expected, he may be able to make a midseason debut.
Over parts of two seasons in the majors, O’Rourke has a career 4.98 ERA with a 48/25 K/BB ratio in 47 innings.
Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.
Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.
Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.