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Orioles Notes: Endy Chavez Designated For Assignment, Nate McLouth Called Up

ST. PETERSBURG - JUNE 03:  Outfielder Endy Chavez #9 of the Baltimore Orioles makes an over the shoulder catch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on June 3, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG - JUNE 03: Outfielder Endy Chavez #9 of the Baltimore Orioles makes an over the shoulder catch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on June 3, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The Baltimore Orioles have designated Endy Chavez for assignment and purchased the contract of Nate McLouth from Triple-A, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.

Chavez hit a dismal .190/.222/.281 in 47 games for the O's this season. Best known for his defensive prowess, Chavez's most memorable moment came in Game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship Series, where he robbed Scott Rolen of a would-be go-ahead home run.

McLouth was released from the Pittsburgh Pirates at the end of May after hitting .140/.210/.175 over 34 games. He has found some success at Triple-A Norfolk, hitting .244/.325/.461 with 10 home runs and is five-for-five on stolen base attempts.

In his major league carrer, McLouth's OPS vs. right-handed pitchers is 138 points higher than against lefties. The 30-year-old was an All-Star in 2008 when he hit .276 with 26 home runs, 94 RBI, 113 runs, 23 stolen bases and a league-leading 46 doubles.

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Can the O's remain in contention with a platoon of Nate McLouth and Lew Ford in LF?

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