BALTIMORE – The Orioles had been carrying 13 pitchers for four days. That wasn’t going to last, and when the Orioles added LJ Hoes on Sunday, the club designated right-hander Jairo Asencio for assignment.
The 30-year-old had been with the Orioles since July 12, appearing in four games with a 7.71 ERA. He allowed a run in Saturday’s game.
“He can’t really lose. He’s either going to be traded, picked up on waivers and put in the big leagues or sign with somebody. We hope that for our sake, that everything clears that he’s in Norfolk as an option for us," manager Buck Showalter said.
Even though Asencio had limited time in the major leagues, he was out of options. When his contract was purchased earlier this month, Asencio was leading the International League in saves with 20.
Asencio declined to comment on the move.
Even though Scott Feldman threw only five innings on Saturday, the Orioles’ bullpen is relatively rested and Monday is a day off.
“We wanted to get back to a fourth guy on the bench with the off day,” Showalter said.