ANAHEIM, CALIF. — The Orioles have designated Travis Snider for assignment and called up outfielder Junior Lake, who was obtained in the Tommy Hunter trade last week with the Chicago Cubs, the team announced Friday.
Snider, who the Orioles acquired for two minor league pitchers in the offseason, hit just .237 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 69 games.
Lake, 25, is in the Orioles' starting lineup Friday against the Los Angeles Angels, batting eighth and serving as the DH. The right-handed hitter batted .333 with two stolen bases in four games with Triple-A Norfolk after joining the Orioles organization last Friday.
He is a career .241 hitter in parts of three seasons with the Cubs, including .224 in 58 at-bats this year. He hit .315 for the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate this year. Lake will wear No. 48 for the Orioles.
The Orioles have 10 days to trade, release or ask waivers on the 27-year-old Snider, who was making $2.1 million this season.
It's the third time the Orioles have designated a player in the past week. Right-hander Bud Norris and infielder Chris Parmelee were designated on July 31.
In a strange twist, all three grew up near the cities that the Orioles visited this week. Norris is from Northern California, Parmelee from Southern California and Snider from Washington state.