Waiver Claim And Minor Signing

The Orioles have claimed LHP Pedro Viola off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds and sent him to AAA Norfolk. Felix Pie was transferred from the 15 day disabled list to the 60 day DL to make room on the 40 man roster. The Orioles also signed OF Corey Patterson to a minor league contract.

Viola will replace LHP Alberto Castillo in AAA Norfolk’s bullpen. He appeared in 9 games with the Reds in 2009 to the tune of a 5.14 ERA over 7 innings with 5 strikeouts and 3 walks. He was 2-2 with a 5.47 ERA over 49.1 innings for AAA Louisville with 57 strikeouts and 33 walks. He only appeared in one game with Louisville this year before the Orioles claimed him. It was a scoreless inning and he struck out a batter. I don’t anticipate him pitching in Baltimore this year unless its some kind of emergency. Patterson was signed for depth at center field. He’ll play at AAA Norfolk and compete with Joey Gathright for the guy the Orioles would go to in case of an injury to Adam Jones. He played with the Orioles from 2006 to 2007 and last played in the majors with the Washington Nationals in 2009.

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