SARASOTA, FL - APRIL 03: Pitcher Mark Hendrickson #27 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the New York Mets during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at Ed Smith Stadium on April 3, 2010 in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
UPDATE (4:34 PM EST): Mark Hendrickson will report to Class Triple-A Norfolk, reports MLB.com's Britt Ghiroli.
The Baltimore Orioles have designated reliever Mark Hendrickson for assignment, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Mark Hendrickson had an out in his contract that required him to report to Class Triple-A Norfolk, according to MLB.com's Britt Ghiroli.
Hendrickson, 37, has been around to say the least. He was drafted six times before finally signing with a team, traded twice, and signed with the Orioles in free-agency three consecutive years. For someone who's been around and stuck with teams, Hendrickson has surprisingly never put up good numbers at the major-league level.
The Orioles made the move to clear a roster spot for recently reinstated left-handed reliever Troy Patton. Patton, 25, was on the restricted list while he went to Texas for a court hearing from this winter's DUI arrest. Patton has posted good numbers this season in the minors and majors, and can certainly be a serviceable reliever unlike Hendrickson.