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O's option Exposito, reassign Russell, Schlereth

Three moves trim Baltimore's Spring Training roster to 45 players

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles trimmed their spring roster by three prior to Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays, optioning catcher Luis Exposito to Triple-A Norfolk, and reassigning left-handed pitcher Daniel Schlereth and right-handed pitcher Adam Russell to Minor League camp.

The Orioles now have 45 players in Major League camp, including last year's first-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft, 22-year-old right-hander Kevin Gausman out of Louisiana State.

Exposito hit .381/.481/.619 in 14 games with a homer, two doubles and five RBIs. Russell went 2-1 with a 7.71 ERA in eight games, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits with four walks over seven innings. Schlereth appeared in six games and posted a 12.00 ERA, charged with eight earned runs on 10 hits and three walks over six innings. The pair of relievers are expected to join Exposito at Norfolk.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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