SARASOTA, Fla. – The Orioles are slowly whittling their roster down. On Monday, the Orioles optioned first baseman/outfielder Russ Canzler to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigned outfielder Jason Pridie to minor league camp.
Canzler, who was acquired on waivers from New York on Feb. 5, batted .265 with two RBIs in 23 spring games. He homered twice in the Orioles game with Team Spain on March 6.
Besides playing first base and the corner outfield positions, Canzler had some time at third base this spring. He was the International League’s Most Valuable Player in 2011.
Pridie, who was signed as a minor league free agent last fall batted .310 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 21 games.
He has suspended last year for 50 games for use of a recreational drug.
The Orioles still have 38 players, including 10 non-roster invitees in game. One of them, Tsuyoshi Wada, will be placed on the disabled list, this week. They must get down to 25 by Sunday at 3 p.m.