Orioles Release Josh Barfield

CLEARWATER FL - FEBRUARY 24: Infielder Josh Barfield #61 of the Philadelphia Phillies stretches before play against the Florida State Seminoles February 24 2011 at Bright House Field in Clearwater Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Orioles have released Josh Barfield from their Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk, reports Roch Kubatko of MASN.

The 29-year-old utility man, who signed a minor league deal with the Orioles in March, was dropped from the roster to make room for right-hander Jason Berken, who was optioned to Triple-A upon the return of Robert Andino from paternity leave.

Barfield, who played full seasons with the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians in 2006-2007, has only played 29 big league games since 2007 and hasn't been on a major league roster since 2009.

Though he had a somewhat promising rookie season, hitting .280/.318/.423 with 13 home runs for the Padres as a 23-year-old, Barfield hit just .245/.269/.321 in 159 big league games from that point forward.

Since 2009, the former fourth round draft pick has bounced around between several farm systems, playing at Triple-A for the Padres, Philadelphia Phillies and most recently the Orioles.

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