LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Orioles made a roster move on Monday, paring down the 40-man roster by outrighting infielder Cord Phelps to Triple-A Norfolk.
The 26-year-old Phelps was claimed off waivers from the Indians on Nov. 25, and he appeared in 53 games for the Indians over the last three seasons, posting a .159/.221/.248 line with time at second base, third base and shortstop.
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said that the recent acquisition of switch-hitting Jemile Weeks -- in a trade with Oakland -- made the switch-hitting Phelps expendable, and the club thought it could get him through waivers.
With the move, the Orioles now have 37 players on their 40-man roster, although the pending addition of reliever Ryan Webb -- slated to take his physical in Baltimore on Tuesday -- will change that.
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