VandenHurk released, Correnti hired, Cummings promoted

Right-handed pitcher Rick VandenHurk, who was designated for assignment last week when the Orioles signed infielder Wilson Betemit, cleared waivers and was released Friday. He becomes a free agent and can sign with another team.

VandenHurk, 26, was 0-1 with a 6.04 ERA in 11 games for the Orioles in the past two seasons. He was acquired from the Florida Marlins in July 2010 in exchange for lefty Will Ohman.

The Orioles also have officially hired Chris Correnti as a performance consultant to provide fitness and conditioning services.

As first reported in January, Correnti, 45, will be responsible for overseeing the rehabilitation of selected injured Orioles and implement a year-round conditioning program for the organization’s pitchers.

Correnti spent years working with new Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette in Boston. Correnti joined the Red Sox organization in 1994 and stayed with them through 2005, receiving credit for implementing a workout program that was praised by pitchers such as Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling.

A certified athletic trainer and strength coach, Correnti worked specifically as Martinez’s personal trainer in 2006, then joined the Mets, at Martinez’s urging, in 2007. He was let go after the 2010 season by the Mets as part of their financial downsizing. Last year, he assisted several big league pitchers but was not associated with a team.

Also, the Orioles announced Friday that Kevin Cummings would be the organization’s new director of ballpark operations, replacing Ray Trifari. Cummings had been the assistant director since 2010 and before that was with the Lancaster (Pa.) Barnstormers of the Atlantic League. Cummings will be in charge of game-day operations and supervise the 300 Oriole Park event employees.

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