Hoey to the 40-man

The Orioles just announced that they have selected right-handed reliever Jim Hoey to the 40-man roster. Had they not made the move Hoey would have been eligible to become a Minor League free agent.

Hoey, who appeared in 12 games for the Os in 2006, missed the entire ’08 season with arthroscopic shoulder surgery. This season he started at Double-A Bowie and was late promoted to Triple-A Norfolk, where he went 4-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 18 outings. The 27-year-old Hoey was the Orioles 13th-round pick in the 2003 Draft.

The O’s have seven free agents so this move puts their 40-man roster at 34.

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