Reyes an Oriole, Duke released

Seeking to shore up an erratic starting pitching staff, the Orioles claimed left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes on waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday afternoon.

The 26-year-old Reyes went 5-8 with a 5.40 ERA (110.0IP, 66ER) in 20 starts for the Blue Jays this season. He spent parts of the previous four seasons with the Atlanta Braves, and is a career 10-23 with a 6.04 ERA in 61 Major League games, including 57 starts.

To make room for Reyes on the 40-man roster, the Orioles have transferred outfielder Luke Scott (right shoulder surgery) to the 60-day disabled list.

Also, in a long-awaited move, the Orioles officially released right-handed pitcher Justin Duchscherer on Monday.

The oft-injured Duchscherer was signed to a one-year contract by Baltimore this winter worth up maximum of $4.5 million if he stayed healthy. Instead, he never made it out of Spring Training as Duchscherer dealt with left hip issues stemming from the surgery he underwent last April after pitching in just five games for the Oakland Athletics.

Duchscherer missed the entire 2009 season because of an elbow injury and clinical depression and is 33-25 with a 3.13 ERA over eight seasons with the Texas Rangers and A’s. The Orioles are on the hook only for the guaranteed $700,000 portion of his deal, a figure that would escalated to $1.1 million had Duchscherer –who spent four months in extended spring – had been activated and added to the 25-man roster.

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