Baltimore signed veteran reliever David Riske to a Minor League contract on Monday that includes a trip to the team's big league camp in Spring Training. Riske, a former 56th-round Draft pick, is 20-20 with 22 saves and a 3.67 ERA in an 11-year Major League career, but he's pitched sparingly in each of the last two seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Riske signed a lucrative three-year contract with the Brewers before the 2008 season, but he was only able to turn in one healthy season before missing time due to Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow. The right-hander pitched in just one game in 2009, and then made 23 appearances for Milwaukee last season en route to an 0-0 record and a 5.01 ERA.
Prior to pitching for Milwaukee, Riske had spent all of his big league career in the American League. He started his career with Cleveland and went 17-12 with a 3.55 ERA in 287 appearances spread over six seasons. Riske then split the 2006 campaign between the Red Sox and White Sox, and he pitched for Kansas City in '07 before hooking on with the Brewers.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less