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Orioles Designate Rick Vandenhurk, Clear Space for Betemit

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Rick VandenHurk #54 of the Baltimore Orioles delivers a pitch during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays September 10, 2011 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 10: Rick VandenHurk #54 of the Baltimore Orioles delivers a pitch during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays September 10, 2011 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)
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The Baltimore Orioles have announced they're designating Rick Vandenhurk for assignment, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The club is moving Vandenhurk to open a spot for recently signed Wilson Betemit. Britt Ghiroli of mlb.com clarifies Betemit's contract is a two-year deal with a vesting option.

Vandenhurk, 26, pitched just nine innings in 2011 and seventeen in 2010. He has a career 5.97 ERA.