The Orioles added another catcher to their 40-man roster yesterday, but general manager Roland Hemond said the move was not related to the uncertain status of free agent Mickey Tettleton.
Jeff Tackett earned his promotion "on the merits," Hemond saidand the club decided it did not want to risk losing him in the major-league draft in December.
Tackett, 24, batted .239 with four homers and 33 RBIs in 30at-bats at Rochester. Those numbers might seem modest, but he began the season with a .216 average and only two homers in 1,310 professional at-bats.
"This is the year he kind of turned the corner offensively,Hemond said. "He's always been a very fine defensive catcher. His drawback has always been his offense."
The Orioles also announced yesterday that righthander DorTaylor has been designated for assignment, and that lefthander Eric Bell chose free agency over a second outright assignment.
Taylor, 32, pitched four times in relief after arriving froPittsburgh as the player to be named for Jay Tibbs. He was 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA, and can become a free agent if he clears waivers.
Bell, who turns 27 on Oct. 27, was 9-6 with a 4.86 ERA foRochester in his second season after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery. He tied Mike Boddicker for the club lead with 10 victories in 1987.