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Orioles to place Jimmy Paredes on waivers as rehab assignment expires

Sarasota, FL -- 02/23/2016 -- Baltimore Orioles infielder Jimmy Paredes during spring training at the Ed Smith Stadium complex.
Sarasota, FL -- 02/23/2016 -- Baltimore Orioles infielder Jimmy Paredes during spring training at the Ed Smith Stadium complex.(Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

With outfielder/designated hitter Jimmy Paredes' rehab assignment ending Sunday, the Orioles have elected to put him on waivers instead of activate him onto the 25-man roster, according to industry sources.

During his pregame press conference at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, manager Buck Showalter indicated the move had already been made.

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"I don't think I'm supposed to divulge that, right?" he said. "Everybody knows, but I'm not [saying]. … Legally, you could wait until tomorrow. Whether or not we did, I do know."

Paredes suffered a sprained wrist on a dive in the outfield during a spring training game, and suffered a setback late in spring that delayed his return further. He began his rehab assignment April 26, and has played a total of 18 games over the allotted 20 days. Between High-A Frederick, Double-A Bowie, and Triple-A Norfolk, Paredes hit .308/.370/.477 with a pair of home runs while playing third base, left field, and right field.

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However, his lack of a true position and the Orioles' stable bench made him surplus to requirements. With Pedro Alvarez and Ryan Flaherty manning third base, Paul Janish the backup infielder, and Hyun Soo Kim and Nolan Reimold serving as the backup outfielders, there's no obvious candidate to replace with Paredes.

If he clears waivers, he could be outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. Showalter said he was riding the bus with the Tides on their way to Pawtucket today. He is starting at third base in the Norfolk lineup Sunday.

Paredes was one of the Orioles' top hitters in the first half of 2015, batting .299 with 10 home runs and 24 RBIs, but fell off in the second half. He's a career .257 hitter in the majors.

CSN Baltimore first reported that he was placed on waivers.

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