BALTIMORE -- The Orioles lost Jason Berken on waivers, as the pitcher was claimed by the Chicago Cubs on Friday afternoon.
The right-hander was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for lefty reliever Zach Phillips, and the 28-year-old Berken had spent most of the season at Triple-A Norfolk. Berken went 5-6 with a 3.50 ERA in 26 starts for Norfolk, allowing 56 earned runs on 160 hits and 39 walks over 144 innings, with 98 strikeouts.
After spending 2009 in the Orioles' rotation, Berken had a career year as a reliever in 2010, posting a 3.03 ERA in 41 games. He struggled to replicate that success last season, going 1-2 with a 5.36 ERA in 47 Major League outings spread over 40 games.