Orioles vs. Astros, De Aza DFA’ed
The Orioles reinstated infielder Ryan Flaherty from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday and, to clear a roster spot, designated outfielder Alejandro De Aza for assignment.
Baltimore will now have 10 days to trade, release or outright De Aza. The 31-year-old batted .214/.277/.359 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 30 games with the Orioles this season.
The news is a bit of a surprise considering infielder Everth Cabrera has options remaining. But with Flaherty coming back from the DL and the recent back issue with shortstop J.J. Hardy, the Orioles want to be able to cover themselves in the infield.
Flaherty, 28, appeared in two rehab games with Triple-A Norfolk, going 0-for-5 with three walks, two RBIs, and a run scored. He was placed on the DL for the second time this season on May 12 with a right groin strain that he had re-tweaked.
*Tyler Wilson will start Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader with Mike Wright Game 2. The O’s can recall Wilson because they are allowed to have a 26th man for the straight through DH. The typical rule, of having a guy stay at least 10 days in the Minors unless it’s an injury, doesn’t apply in this case.
Manny Machado 3B
Travis Snider LF
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Steve Pearce RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Caleb Joseph C
Ubaldo Jimenez RHP