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Loewen released, but only on paper

The Orioles just announced that they have released Adam Loewen, but that doesn't necessarily mean that his career with the club is over. The Orioles are getting out of his major league contract, but apparently will try to sign him to a minor league contract.

Loewen was one of the club's top pitching prospects until a fracture developed in his pitching arm. He underwent surgery to put a large screw near his left elbow, but the repair didn't hold up to the rigors of being a major league pitcher. He went to the Florida Instructional League to see if he could follow in the footsteps of St. Louis Cardinal Rick Ankiel, who switched to the outfield after his pitching career unraveled.

The Orioles also outrighted Randor Bierd, Brandon Fahey, Omir Santos, Rocky Cherry and Jeff Fiorentino as part of the reshuffling of the 40-man roster in anticipation of some offseason moves and the Rule V draft.

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