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Orioles claim Jo-Jo Reyes from waivers, release Duchscherer

By – Danny Ferrara

The Orioles optioned Mark Hendrickson to make room for Jo-Jo Reyes on the active roster.

The Baltimore Orioles continue to search for the right staff and they made another change on Tuesday. The Orioles claimed Jo-Jo Reyes off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays and cut starter Justin Duchscherer.

The 26 year old Reyes is getting ready to join his third big league club after not having much success with his first two. Reyes has had two extended stays in the majors, one with the Atlanta Braves and one with the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2008 with Atlanta, Reyes went 3-11 with a 5.81 ERA in 22 starts. This season with Toronto, Reyes was 5-8 with a 5.40 ERA in 20 starts.

Justin Duchscherer was very successful with the Oakland Athletics but can not stay healthy. He missed the entire 2009 season due to a shoulder injury and a bout with depression and never made it out of Spring Training with Baltimore. Hip issues kept Duchscherer from earning a possible $4.5 million that he might have earned in incentives had he been healthy.

Reyes will be used primarily out of the bullpen as the season progresses. The WHIP category has never been kind to Reyes, and for his career he sports a WHIP of 1.64. The problem is never walks either, which is strange because that is usually the reason for a high WHIP – just ask pitchers like AJ Burnett, Gio Gonzalez, and Scott Kazmir. Reyes has only walked 35 batters in 110 innings thus far, while allowing 140 hits in the same time span. Reyes ranks 31st in this category in the MLB, but 1st when you look at pitchers who have thrown between 100 and 120 innings – second is Chris Volstad, with 134 hits in 111.1 innings.

Overall, the decision to cut Duchscherer was long awaited and perhaps a bit overdue and the acquisition of Jo-Jo Reyes was incredibly minor due to his lack of effectiveness. The Orioles hope to bolster their bullpen by the addition of Reyes and if they get lucky then maybe they can convert him into an effective starter sometime in the future.

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