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Orioles trade Mike Wright to Mariners, acquire minor league infielder Ryne Ogren

Right-hander Mike Wright’s tenure with the Orioles officially ended Wednesday, as he was traded to the Seattle Mariners for minor league infielder Ryne Ogren.

Wright, 29, was designated for assignment Sunday after posting a 9.45 ERA in 10 relief appearances. Having spent the entirety of his career in Baltimore, Wright had a 5.95 ERA in 101 appearances (23 starts) across parts of five major league seasons. The Orioles selected Wright in the third round of the 2011 draft.

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Manager Brandon Hyde expressed hope in keeping Wright in the organization after his removal from the 40-man roster, but Hyde said Wednesday he was happy to see Wright land another major league opportunity.

Orioles outfielders Dwight Smith Jr. and Trey Mancini made a series of highlight-reel catches in Tuesday night's 9-1 win over the Chicago White Sox, showing that the team's outfield defense is far better than it has been in recent years.

“Mike’s a great guy,” Hyde said. “We were pulling for him, obviously, to have success here. Ran into an unfortunate situation. Now, he’s getting another opportunity with a big league club, so good for him. Happy for him. Seattle’s getting a really good person over there, so I hope he has success.”

Ogren, 22, was a 2018 12th-round pick out of Elon and will be assigned to Low-A Delmarva. In 68 minor league games, Ogren is batting .229 and has made appearances at second, third and shortstop.

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After experiencing more forearm stiffness following his previous rehabilitation assignment, right-hander Nate Karns will pitch for Double-A Bowie on Thursday, with the team reassessing Karns’ progress after each outing as he tries to rejoin the team. … Although Monday’s demotion of Cedric Mullins left the Orioles with only Joey Rickard, primarily a corner outfielder, and Stevie Wilkerson, primarily an infielder, as center field options, Hyde said it’s his preference to keep Dwight Smith Jr. in left field because he’s been pleased with how Smith has played there.

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