NEW YORK – Early Sunday morning, the Orioles clubhouse was very quiet. There were two new nameplates on cubicles and one familiar name missing.
The Orioles added two catchers and subtracted one. Steve Clevenger was recalled from Norfolk and Chris Snyder’s contract was purchased from the same team.
Taylor Teagarden, who was the backup catcher for most of the last two seasons, was designated for assignment.
Snyder, who was with the Orioles for five weeks earlier in the season, when Teagarden was out with a dislocated left thumb, had a September 1 opt-out.
He batted .118 with an RBI in six games with the Orioles and .243 with six home runs and 23 RBIs at Norfolk.
Clevenger, who was acquired along with Scott Feldman from the Chicago Cubs in July, batted .324 with two home runs and 11 RBIs for Norfolk.
“These decisions are always tough decisions. We had a commitment to bring Chris Snyder to the major league club. Steve Clevenger, who we acquired from the Chicago Cubs, is a left-handed hitter, and we wanted to look at him. This is gives us our strongest team,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said.
“Snyder knows our pitchers and did a good job when he was here earlier this season. He calls a good game.”
With Teagarden behind the plate, the Orioles were just 5-13 and lost nine of their last 10 games. He batted .167 with two home runs and five RBIs. He had 19 hits and a .162 batting average in 45 games over two years with the Orioles.
“We thought this was the best use of the roster,” Duquette said. “Teagarden’s strengths are his defense and controlling the running game.”
The Orioles also designated outfielder Eric Thames for assignment. He had been at Norfolk after being acquired from Seattle in a trade in June. They also recalled pitcher Eric Beaulac from Bowie and placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a torn labrum in his right hip.
Wei-Yin Chen, who was optioned to Gulf Coast on Wednesday to create room in the bullpen, was officially recalled to start Sunday’s game.