By Zach Links [April 29, 2012 at 10:27am CST]
The Orioles released Josh Barfield from Triple-A Norfolk to make room for right-hander Jason Berken, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. The utility player has a .274/.313/.387 slash line in parts of six seasons at the Triple-A level. The O's signed the 29-year-old to a minor league deal in late March.
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/04/o ... field.html
April 29, 2012 10:04 AM by Roch Kubatko
The Orioles released infielder/outfielder Josh Barfield from Triple-A Norfolk's roster to make room for pitcher Jason Berken, who was optioned after spending two days in Baltimore.
Barfield, signed as minor league free agent in spring training, was 0-for-8 with a walk and three strikeouts in four games with the Tides. He's a career .264 hitter in parts of four major league seasons, most recently playing for the Indians in 2009.
Berken didn't pitch for the Orioles after being recalled when second baseman Robert Andino went on paternity leave.
The trick now is making room for all the starters at Norfolk. Berken joins Brad Bergesen, Chris Tillman, Dana Eveland and Steve Johnson. Plus, Joel Pineiro will debut with the Tides this week after pitching in an extended spring training game Thursday.
By my count, that makes six.
The Orioles view Pineiro as a possible long man out of their bullpen, something that's been lacking, but he'll start in Norfolk.
http://www.masnsports.com/school_of_roc ... oster.html