The Orioles have released right-handed reliever Logan Ondrusek.
Ondrusek, who was on a one-year major league deal with a club option for 2018, was recently shelved indefinitely after feeling pain in his elbow after a Grapefruit League outing last Friday against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland.
The team placed Ondrusek on release waivers shortly thereafter and released him Wednesday, according to the Major League Baseball transaction wire.
By releasing the 32-year-old Ondrusek now, the Orioles free themselves of having to pay most of Ondrusek’s $650,000 major league salary for this season.
The move also create an open spot on the organization's 40-man roster, which the club will likely need later this spring to carry a nonroster player. The nonroster player most likely to make the club at this point is outfielder Craig Gentry.
Ondrusek re-signed with the Orioles to compete for a bullpen role this spring after struggling in his brief time with the big league club last season.
The Orioles signed Ondrusek -- who had previously been pitching in Japan -- last July for a prorated salary of the major league minimum of $507,000 to specialize in getting left-handed hitters out. But he struggled against lefties, allowing eight of the 13 batters he faced to reach base.
Ondrusek was optioned to Double-A Bowie after just six appearances and briefly returned for one appearance in last August before going back to the Baysox for two more appearances there in early September.
Ondrusek posted a 9.95 ERA over 6 1/3 big league innings last season.
The club declined his 2017 option at the end of the season, but then re-signed Ondrusek in mid-December on a one-year, $650,000 deal that included a $1.5 million club option for 2018.
Ondrusek’s spring was slowed by a right ankle injury he suffered while doing pitchers fielding practice drills.
He pitched in two Grapefruit League games before he was sidelined with the elbow injury, allowing two runs on two hits in two innings.
Ondrusek received a MRA (magnetic resonance arthrogram) last week and is scheduled to see specialist Dr. James Andrews next week.