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The Orioles recently signed left-handed pitcher Will Startup to a minor league deal, according to Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi on Twitter.

Late Monday night, Morosi wrote the following on his Twitter page:

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#Orioles sign LHP Will Startup to minor league deal, sources say. Barely pitched last year but had some past success in #Braves org. #MLB

After undergoing Tommy John surgery following the 2007 season, Startup didn't pitch at all in 2008 and only appeared in 11 games in the San Diego Padres organization last year.

The 25-year-old southpaw made eight appearances with the Rookie-level AZL Padres in 2009, compiling a 5.87 ERA and seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. He finished the season with the Triple-A Portland Beavers. In three games, Startup had a 2.45 ERA and he allowed two walks and one home run in 3 2/3 innings.

Overall, Startup is 15-6 with a 2.70 ERA in 140 relief appearances in the minor leagues. Here is a link to additional statistics on BaseballReference.com.

Also, here is a more in-depth article about Startup's plans to sign with the Orioles from last Friday's edition of The (Cartersville, Ga.) Daily Tribune News.

The Atlanta Braves selected Startup in the fifth round of the 2005 MLB draft out of the University of Georgia. He was traded to the Padres in July 2007.

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