The Orioles activated left-hander Wesley Wright from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday and then immediately designated the veteran reliever for assignment, all but ending his short and injury-plagued stint with the club.
Wright, who signed a one-year, $1.7-million contract with the Orioles in December, made just two appearances with the team before going on the disabled list with a left trapezius strain. He posted a 5.40 ERA, allowing one run on two hits over 1 2/3 innings.
He was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 11 and then was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 24. After pitching in extended spring training, Wright began a minor league rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Norfolk in mid-June, posting a 7.71 ERA in 10 relief appearances. He allowed 11 runs (10 earned) on 15 hits in 11 2/3 innings on his rehab assignment.
His rehab assignment window ended Sunday, so the Orioles had to find a way to add him to the 25-man roster or designate him for assignment.
Because Wright – who has also pitched for the Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs – has five years of major league service time, he cannot be optioned to the minor leagues. The Orioles have 10 days to either trade or release him.
MLBDailyDish.com first reported that Wright had been designated for assignment.