August 8, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles pitcher Miguel Socolovich (58) pitches in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Mariners 9 - 2 to complete the 3 game sweep. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
Cubs claim RH Miguel Socolovich from Balt. Option him to Iowa. C Lalli is designated to make room on 40-man.— Doug Padilla (@ESPNChiCubs) August 23, 2012
The 26-year-old Socolovich, who was designated for assignment by the Orioles last week, made just six relief appearances for Baltimore this season. The rookie right-hander posted a 6.97 ERA and 5.2 K/9 in ten and a third innings of work.
Signed by the Red Sox out of Venezuela as an amateur free agent in 2004, Socolovich is now moving on to his fourth big league club. The righty put up his best professional numbers in the minor leagues this season, amassing a 1.96 ERA and 9.0 K/9 in fifty-two innings at Triple-A.
Catcher Blake Lalli was designated for assignment to make room on the Cubs 40-man roster for Socolovich. Lalli, 29, appeared in just six games for the Cubs this season.