Orioles get left-hander Clements off waivers to fill bullpen need

July 10, 1992|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

The Orioles yesterday obtained left-handed pitcher Pat Clements from the San Diego Padres on a waiver claim and will add him to the active roster today, general manager Roland Hemond said.

Clements, 30, who has spent time with the California Angels, Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees in his seven-year major-league career, was 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA before he was waived Sunday.

John Barr, San Diego's assistant GM and a former Orioles scouting director, said Clements, one of three left-handed Padres relievers, was a victim of numbers in San Diego. "We knew there was a chance we were going to lose him, but we had to make a decision," said Barr of Clements, who was out of minor-league options with the Padres.

The Orioles did not immediately announce whose roster spot Clements would fill. Reliever Gregg Olson, who strained his left external oblique muscle Wednesday night, and Arthur Rhodes, last night's starter, are possible candidates.

Hemond said the Orioles obtained Clements, who has a 15-11 career record, to get a left-hander to join Mike Flanagan in the bullpen.

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