Left-handed relief pitcher Mike Belfiore has been claimed off waivers by the Detroit Tigers, the Orioles announced Thursday before their game against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards.
Belfiore, whom the Orioles acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in May 2012 as the player to be named later in the trade for third baseman Josh Bell -- was designated for assignment Sunday. That move cleared space on the 40-man roster for right-hander Evan Meek and outfielder-designated hitter Delmon Young, who both made the Opening Day roster.
Belfiore, 25, the Diamondbacks' first-round pick in 2009 from Boston College, made his major league debut for the Orioles last September. He allowed solo homers to Boston's David Ortiz and Jonny Gomes in 1 1/3 relief innings on Sept. 27.
Belfiore, who allowed one run and five hits in two innings with the Orioles in the Grapefruit League this spring, was one of several left-handed relievers who could have seen time in the major leagues this season because the Orioles are thin on left-handed relief depth.
He was expected to open the season in Triple-A Norfolk before he was claimed.