Orioles designate Gentry for assignment, outright Mariñez to Norfolk to clear roster spots

The Orioles paved the way for their Sept. 1 roster expansion ahead of Friday’s game with the Kansas City Royals, designating outfielder Craig Gentry for assignment and outrighting reliever Jhan Mariñez off the 40-man roster.

Gentry, 34, has started eight of the Orioles’ 13 games since he came off the disabled list for his fractured rib in an effort to get him some playing time ahead of the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline, which is the last day teams can acquire a player and have him be eligible for the postseason.


He hit .364 (12-for-33) with just his seventh career home run in that spell while stealing two bases to bring his season average to .269.

“Hopefully, he’ll get an opportunity with a club contending, and we’ll continue to get some good looks,” manager Buck Showalter said.

The Orioles tried to shop Gentry around, but couldn’t find any takers. He’d have to clear waivers and sign with another club before midnight to be eligible for the playoffs with that team.

Like most years, the Orioles’ September roster additions will come in spurts and stops, with no true incentive to call players up before the end of the minor league season with the major league stretch run wholly devoid of competitive meaning.

Joey Rickard came up from Triple-A Norfolk to take Gentry’s roster spot. Rickard, 27, is batting .227 with a .708 OPS and a career-high seven home runs in the majors this season, and is up for the fourth time in 2018.

Mariñez, 30, was with the Orioles last weekend as a depth option, but wasn’t activated off the disabled list.

He’d been on the disabled list since Aug. 3 with a hamstring injury and has pitched three times since returning to Triple-A Norfolk earlier this week. The Orioles outrighted him to Norfolk to finish out the season there.

The moves put the Orioles at 38 players on their 40-man roster, leaving a pair of spaces to add from off the major league roster when rosters expand Saturday. Options include right-hander Branden Kline, right-hander Luis Ortiz, and outfielder DJ Stewart.

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