SARASOTA, FLA. — The Orioles on Tuesday claimed left-hander Josh Osich off waivers from the San Francisco Giants, adding another southpaw reliever to their growing stable on the major league roster.
Osich, a former sixth-round pick of the Giants out of Oregon State, has pitched parts of the last four seasons in the majors for San Francisco but has struggled to replicate the 2.20 ERA he had in his rookie year of 2015.
In three subsequent seasons, his ERA climbed to 4.71, 6.23, and then 8.25, and the Giants designated him for assignment last week. Osich features a four-seam fastball that averaged 94.8 mph last year, while mixing in a cutter, changeup, and a slider.
He joins Richard Bleier, Tanner Scott, Paul Fry, and Donnie Hart on the 40-man roster as left-handed relievers, while non-roster invitee Sean Gilmartin also got major league time in that role last year.
To create space on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated infielder Hanser Alberto for assignment. Alberto was claimed last month from the New York Yankees and worked at shortstop upon reporting to camp, but with former All-Star Alcides Escobar now in camp and Rule 5 players Richie Martin and Drew Jackson getting looks at shortstop, he was deemed surplus.