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The good news for catcher Ryan Lavarnway is that he will not be designated for assignment for the rest of the offseason. The bad news is that he is no longer on a big league 40-man roster.

The Orioles announced Friday that Lavarnway cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. He was designated for assignment Jan. 9 when the Orioles announced the signing of Delmon Young.

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Lavarnway, 27, began December with the Boston Red Sox, the club that drafted him in the sixth round out of Yale in 2008. The Red Sox put him on waivers and he was claimed Dec. 5 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who then put Lavarnway on waivers before he was claimed by the Chicago Cubs on Dec. 19. The Orioles claimed him on waivers from the Cubs on Dec. 23.

This time, though, he made it through waivers and was sent to Norfolk. He is not on the 40-man roster but could be a non-roster invitee to the Orioles' big league spring training.

Lavarnway, a right-handed hitter who can also play first base and DH, has hit .201 in parts of four major league seasons with the Red Sox. He is a career .283 hitter in the minors. Lavarnway became expendable when the Orioles signed catcher J.P. Arencibia to a minor league deal this month.

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