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Socolovich optioned, Ford expected replacement

Socolovich optioned, Ford expected replacement

Socolovich optioned, Ford expected replacement
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles optioned right-hander Miguel Socolovich to Triple-A Norfolk following Saturday's 6-1 loss, and the team is expected to add a position player to help bolster a three-man bench.

Outfielder Lew Ford did not play in Triple-A Norfolk's game on Saturday and is expected to have his contract purchased prior to Sunday's game, giving the team another right-handed hitting option against A's lefty Travis Blackley.

The 35-year-old Ford is batting .331 with 14 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs and 40 RBIs in 62 games at Norfolk. He last played in the Majors with the Minnesota Twins in 2007 and was signed out of independent ball earlier this year. With a struggling Orioles offense, and Jim Thome (neck spasms) and catcher Matt Wieteres (right bicep soreness) banged up, it makes sense to add another position player given that the team's next off-day isn't until Thursday.

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Socolovich allowed an earned run in a career-high 2 2/3 innings pitched in Saturday's game. In two stints with the Orioles, he pitched to a 9.00 ERA, allowing seven runs in seven innings over four games.

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