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Baltimore Orioles Release Rick VandenHurk

BALTIMORE - AUGUST 22:  Rick VandenHurk #54 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards on August 22 2010 in Baltimore Maryland.  The Rangers beat the Orioles 6-4. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE - AUGUST 22: Rick VandenHurk #54 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards on August 22 2010 in Baltimore Maryland. The Rangers beat the Orioles 6-4. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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After clearing waivers Friday, the Baltimore Orioles have released right-handed pitcher Rick VandenHurk, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The club designated VandenHurk ten days ago in order to make room for recently signed free agent Wilson Betemit on the 40-man roster.

Acquired from the Marlins for Will Ohman two trade deadlines ago, the Netherlands native tossed only 25 1/3 innings for the Orioles at the major league level. The 26-year-old struggled in the minors as well, posting a 4.43 ERA across 154 innings of work (26 starts ) with an unimpressive 6.3 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9.

Though a return to the Orioles organization is possible, it is more likely VandenHurk joins a different organization on a minor league contract.

In other Baltimore Orioles news, the club hired Chris Correnti as a performance consultant and promoted Kevin Cummings to new director of ballpark operations, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.