Orioles designate Eveland for assignment

Orioles designate Eveland for assignment

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles designated pitcher Dana Eveland for assignment prior to Saturday's game, selecting the contract of right-hander Miguel Socolovich, who made his Major League debut in the 10th inning, in his place.

The move ensured lefty Zach Britton will make Tuesday's start -- Eveland had been the only other option -- and added a fresh arm to the bullpen in Socolovich, who allowed a run over 1 2/3 innings in the O's 8-6 13-inning win.

"He's arguably been [Triple-A manager Ron Johnson's] best pitcher all year long," manager Buck Showalter said of Socolovich, who pitched to a 1.77 ERA in 24 games at Triple-A Norfolk and had a 1-2-3 10th against Detroit. "We've been trying to figure out a way to get him here. It could be tough to keep him here, too. We've got so many [roster] moves we have to make."

Socolovich has allowed 11 runs (nine earned) on 29 hits and 11 walks over 45 2/3 innings, totaling 50 strikeouts in an impressive run for the Tides. He could be used as the team's long reliever for now, although Showalter hasn't really been one to have defined roles for most of his bullpen.

As for Eveland, he has been placed on waivers and the team will find out on Monday if he clears. He has already cleared waivers once this year, at the end of Spring Training. He is expected to accept an assignment to Norfolk if he is not claimed by another team. Eveland could refuse, but would forfeit a pretty significant chunk of his salary in doing so.

"The team's been scuffling a little bit and they feel like they've got to make some moves. Unfortunately, I was the odd man out," said Eveland, who went 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA in 14 games. "I don't feel like I really threw the ball poorly, obviously last night wasn't my best effort, unfortunately. Other than that, I feel like I've done a pretty decent job up here, not really filling in the role I expected to. And didn't get used in as much length as I thought I would be out of the bullpen, but I don't know. Who knows what's going to happen now."