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Fox designated for assignment as Matusz returns

To make room for the activation of today's starter Brian Matusz from the disabled list, the Orioles have designated catcher-infielder Jake Fox for assignment.

Fox, who was the talk of spring training after he hit 10 home runs to win the backup catcher job, batted .188 with two homers and four RBIs in 19 games for the Orioles. He started just 12 of the Orioles' 53 games this season, six at catcher, two at first base and four in left field.

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Asked Tuesday how difficult it was to find opportunities to Fox, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said: "If a guy is playing well and hitting well, it's not that hard to find opportunities. Jake hasn't made good use of the opportunities he's had, with some exceptions. We saw in spring training in that environment what he's capable of. We will see."

With first baseman Derrek Lee expected back from the disabled list soon and the Orioles preferring Craig Tatum as their backup catcher, Fox figured to get even less playing time. The Orioles have 10 days to trade Fox, reassign him to the minor leagues or give him his outright release.

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The Orioles acquired Fox last June from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league reliever Ross Wolf. Fox, 28, batted .220 with five homers and 10 RBIs in 38 games for them last season.

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