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Orioles to promote Travis Ishikawa

After having 48 hours to decide whether to promote or release Travis Ishikawa, the Orioles are calling him up.


The Baltimore Orioles will promote first baseman Travis Ishikawa from Triple-A Norfolk, a source has confirmed to The 29-year old will meet the team in Detroit on Tuesday.

Ishikawa, who is batting .316 with 7 HR and 31 RBI in 49 games on the year with Norfolk, filed paperwork on Sunday to exercise his out-clause and become a free agent, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The team then had 48 hours to decide whether to add him to the 25-man roster, trade him, or release him, according to Connolly. After two days of deliberation, Baltimore decided that adding Ishikawa to the 25-man roster would be in the best interest of the team. Because he is not on the 40-man roster either, the Orioles will have to clear space on both rosters.

A veteran of five major league seasons with the Giants (2006, 2008-2010) and Brewers (2012), Ishikawa has hit .264 with 19 HR and 110 RBI in 375 career major league games. He signed a minor league deal with the Orioles in December, and has been one of the best players in Triple-A so far this season.

For the big league squad, Ishikawa will likely spend time at designated hitter in addition to backing up the red-hot Chris Davis at first base.