Eveland designated, replaced by Socolovich

Eveland designated, replaced by Socolovich

Eveland designated, replaced by Socolovich
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles designated pitcher Dana Eveland for assignment prior to Friday's game, selecting the contract of right-hander Miguel Socolovich in his place.

The move ensures lefty Zach Britton will make Wednesday's start -- Eveland had been the only other option -- and adds a fresh arm to a bullpen in Socolovich.

"He's arguably been [Triple-A manager Ron Johnson's] best pitcher all year long," manager Buck Showalter said of Socolovich, who has pitched to a 1.77 ERA in 24 games at Norfolk. "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 moves we have to make. We need a starter for Tuesday. [Jason Hammel] is in the tube as we speak, we may need two."

In his first outing since being recalled, Socolovich struggled against the A's on Friday. Coming in in the sixth to relieve Britton, Socolovich walked the bases loaded before surrendering a three-run double to Seth Smith.

Socolovich 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 Triple-A 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."