Orioles add five to 40-man roster

Orioles add five to 40-man roster

The Orioles added five players to their 40-man roster on Tuesday: right-handed pitchers Brad Bergesen, David Hernandez and Chorye Spoone, left-hander Wilfrido Perez and outfielder Nolan Reimold.

Catcher Jose Reyes was signed to a Minor League contract for 2009 with an invitation to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. Reyes, 24, missed the entire '08 season after having surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow and has seen Major League action in only four games, with the Cubs in '06.

Bergesen was given the Jim Palmer Award as the Orioles' Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 16-7 with a 3.10 ERA in 28 games for Class A Frederick and Double-A Bowie. The 23-year-old Bergesen was a fourth-round pick by Baltimore in 2004 and is known for his ability to dominate right-handed hitters. This season, he held opposing righties to a .205 batting average in 165 1/3 innings.

Hernandez, 23, led the Double-A Eastern League in strikeouts (166) and sported a third-best 2.68 ERA.

Spoone, also 23, went 3-3 with a 4.57 ERA in nine starts for Double-A Bowie before his season was ended by right shoulder surgery.

Perez saw action as a reliever for Class A Frederick and Double-A Bowie in 2008, where he went 2-4 with a 2.71 ERA in 42 games. The Dominican southpaw was signed as a non-drafted free agent after the '03 season.

Reimold was named to the Eastern League All-Star team after finishing second in the league in home runs (25), extra-base hits (57) and runs (87). The 25-year-old is currently playing in the Arizona Fall League.

Alden Gonzalez is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.