Zach Clark clears waivers, sent to Bowie to work on knuckler
By By Dan Connolly
The Baltimore Sun|
May 06, 2013 at 5:33 PM
Right-hander Zach Clark had a crazy week -- he went from being promoted to the majors, to pitching in his first big league game, to being designated for assignment and then finally to clearing waivers on Monday.
The 29-year-old UMBC graduate has been sent to Double-A Bowie, where he'll work on throwing a knuckleball.
After parts of eight seasons in the minors, Clark made his debut with the Orioles on Wednesday in Seattle and allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings. He was taken off the 40-man roster to make room for Freddy Garcia.
Instead of returning to a crowded Triple-A rotation, Clark will go to Double-A and work on a knuckleball.
It's not a rarity in the organization. This spring, Hall of Fame knuckleballer Phil Niekro worked with two other Orioles minor leaguers, Eddie Gamboa and Zach Staniewicz, to improve their knucklers.