The Orioles announced that they had hired a utility worker Chris Owings for commissioning. This step opens a place in the active list of newly claimants Austin Voth. This appointment also opens a vacancy for the 40-man roster, which now numbers 39.
Owings signed a minor league contract with Baltimore during spring training. Breaking the opening day roster, he’s started 19 of the club’s 57 games while working in public facilities. The 30-year-old made 68 board appearances but only made .107/.254/.143 while out 24 times in this limited appearance. The slow start knocked him off the active list, and Owings had more than enough service time to decline the Triple-A option, leaving O to set him up for the job.
Owings’ right-hand stroke hasn’t made much of an impact on the board, carrying her career .239/.287/.366 in just under 2,500 MLB board appearances. However, he continued to gain chances thanks to his defensive prowess and ball. Owings has appeared in each of the last 10 seasons in the league, and has settled into a deep role over the past few years after a string of playing as a regular midfielder early in his career with the Diamondbacks. The South Carolina native is experienced all over the diamond, with the bulk of his work coming in second base, short, and center field.
Baltimore will have a week to trade in its properties or put it into concessions. Given his struggles early in the season, it seems likely that he will go through unclaimed concessions and hit free agency – either by being released or denying an outright assignment for the minor leagues.
Orioles director Brandon Hyde also told reporters (including Nathan Ruiz of the Baltimore Sun) The club is set on the right of the right option Spencer Watkins to Triple-A Norfolk after being brought back from the infected list for 15 days. Watkins is fourth on the team with eight entries, but has struggled until 6.00 pm across 30 rounds. The 29-year-old batted 15 bats while hitting 14, and the club has been welcoming lately Dean Kramer He returned from IL for his first season. Watkins, who has been out since late May with an elbow bruise, will remain on the 40-man list as a depth option.