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Eichhorn replaces Williams on roster


It took reliever Mark Eichhorn all of 48 hours to move onto the Orioles' major-league roster.

Eichhorn, a right-hander, and veteran catcher Rich Gedman accepted free-agent contracts with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings on Tuesday. Eichhorn was guaranteed a spot on the major-league roster before Opening Day, and it didn't take the Orioles long to create an opening.

Jeff Williams, 24, a right-hander

who was the Orioles' third draft choice in 1990, was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Eichhorn.

The Orioles have 10 days to either make a deal for Williams or ask waivers for the purpose of outrighting him to Rochester.

Eichhorn, 3-1 with a 2.72 ERA with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993, figures into the Orioles' plans as a setup man next year. He pitched

72 2/3 innings in 54 games.

Williams has spent most of his minor-league career as a reliever, but was only 2-5, with a 5.76 ERA in 33 games (86 innings) for Rochester last season. His best year was 1991, when he had a combined 23 saves for the Single-A Frederick Keys (1-2, 6 saves, 2.70 ERA) and Double-A Hagerstown Suns (3-5, 17 saves, 2.60 ERA).

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