Orioles designate Rule 5 draft pick Michael Almanzar for assignment

The Orioles have reinstated third baseman Michael Almanzar, the club’s Rule 5 pick, from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment, the club announced Monday.

The Orioles took Almanzar in the Rule 5 draft in December following a season in which he hit .268/.328/.432 with 16 homers and 81 RBIs with the Boston Red Sox’s Double-A club in Portland.

But Almanzar, 23, opened the season on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left knee and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list June 6.

Almanzar was on a minor league rehabilitation assignment since June 20, hitting .156 with one homer and four RBIs with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League club, High-A Frederick and Triple-A Norfolk.

Under executive vice president Dan Duquette, the Orioles have kept their Rule 5 picks the past two seasons -- infielder Ryan Flaherty from the Chicago Cubs before the 2012 season and left-hander T.J. McFarland from the Cleveland Indians before last year.

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