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Orioles end Duchscherer experiment, claim lefty off waivers

The Orioles released Justin Duchscherer on Tuesday, ending the right-hander's stint with the team without his ever having appeared in an affiliated game.

Duchscherer, who has had three hip surgeries in his career, could never get fully healthy and will have another operation Thursday with hopes of continuing his career elsewhere.

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This past offseason, the Orioles signed Duchscherer to a one-year contract worth $700,000 in base salary. The deal would've increased to $1.1 million had he made the team's 25-man roster -- which, of course, never happened.

In other moves, the Orioles claimed lefty Jo-Jo Reyes off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays and made room for him on the 40-man roster by transferring outfielder Luke Scott (shoulder surgery) to the 60-day disabled list.

Reyes, 26, went 5-8 with a 5.40 ERA in 20 starts for Toronto before being designated for assignment last month. Opposing hitters have batted .306 off him this season.

He gained some notoriety earlier this year, when he ended his personal winless streak at 28 starts on May 30, in the Blue Jays' victory over the Cleveland Indians. His previous victory came June 13, 2008, for the Atlanta Braves. For his career, Reyes is 10-23 with a 6.04 ERA in 61 games (57 starts) over parts of five seasons with Toronto and Atlanta.

Additionally, the Orioles activated righty Brad Bergesen from the paternity leave list after the birth of his and wife Shea's first child. Bergesen will be back with the Orioles in time for tonight's game at Kansas City.

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