Pedro Alvarez has been designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles Ty Montgomery Jersey , who made several moves Tuesday in an attempt to improve a team with the worst record in the big leagues.
The 31-year-old Alvarez had a .181 batting average with eight home runs and 18 RBIs in 45 games. Used mostly as a designated hitter, he was in a 1-for-18 skid since his last multihit game, on May 24.
”Pete’s a good man. He’s a good teammate,” manager Buck Showalter said. ”With the potential of some other people returning (from the disabled list), there just weren’t going to be any at-bats for him.”
It was not a surprising move Alex Cappa Jersey , given the Orioles entered play Tuesday with a 20-50 record.
”It’s unfortunate for Pedro,” closer Zach Britton said. ”With where we are in the standings, the organization needs to see what we’ve got with some of the young guys.”
As a corresponding move, the Orioles selected the contract of infielder Steve Wilkerson from Triple-A Norfolk, whose first appearance will be his major league debut.
”This is a very special moment Connor Cook Jersey ,” Wilkerson said. ”Regardless of how my season started, I’m very happy and very fortunate to be here right now.”
In December, Wilkerson received a 50-game suspension for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Plan.
”It was a very difficult time,” he acknowledged. ”I made the decision at that time to try to put my best foot forward.”
In addition, Baltimore recalled catcher Caleb Joseph from Norfolk. Joseph began the season as the Orioles’ starting catcher but was optioned to the minors on May 17 after batting .182 in 24 games.
Joseph joins his brother Kyle Emanuel Jersey , Corban Joseph, on the Baltimore roster. Corban Joseph was summoned from Norfolk last week and played in his first big league game since a two-game stint with the Yankees in 2013.
Standing side by side outside the Orioles clubhouse, the brothers relished the notion of being major league teammates.
”The first goal was to get to the big leagues at the same time, and then to be on the same team, this is a storybook (tale) for our family Joe Barksdale Jersey ,” Caleb said. ”It’s pretty incredible.”
Corban added: ”It’s like a dream that you never thought would actually come true actually panning out.”
The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed kicker Kai Forbath to a one-year contract after a strong finish to his 2017 season.
The deal finalized Wednesday maintains the stability the 30-year-old Forbath has brought to the position since replacing Blair Walsh midway through the 2016 season.
Forbath has missed eight of 53 extra points in 23 games with the Vikings, and he endured some mini-slumps in 2017. But he made a career-best seven field goals from 50-plus yards last year, and he made three of four in the NFC divisional round playoff win over his former team New Orleans. That included makes from 49 and 53 yards in the fourth quarter against the Saints.
Forbath finished 16th in the NFL in the regular season with an 84.2 field goal percentage.
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