The Orioles sent infielder Michael Almanzar back to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday after he cleared waivers.
The club selected Almanzar, 23, from the Red Sox in December’s Rule 5 draft for $50,000. He had to stay on the Orioles’ roster all season or be offered back to the Red Sox for half the cost of the selection.
Almanzar could have been claimed by any team, but then he would have had to remain on the claiming team’s 25-man roster (or disabled list) for the rest of the year or be returned to Boston.
Dealing with patellar tendinitis in his left knee, Almanzar was placed on the disabled list before the regular season started, and he never played a game for the Orioles.
He batted a combined .156 with one homer in nine injury rehab games at three different minor league levels before being removed from the 60-day disabled list and designated for assignment.
Almanzar had batted .268 with 16 homers in 131 games at three different minor league levels for the Red Sox last season.