O's send down 5 players

Castro, Freire, Nivar, Reed, Rogers clear waivers, will become free agents

October 07, 2005|By BALTIMORESUN.COM STAFF

Second baseman Bernie Castro, first baseman Alejandro Freire, outfielder Ramon Nivar, outfielder Keith Reed and shortstop Eddie Rogers have cleared waivers and have been sent outright to Triple-A Ottawa.

Rogers has elected to become a free agent, while the other four players will become minor league free agents on October 15.

Rogers, whose contract was purchased from Ottawa on September 6, hit a home run in his only at bat for the Orioles on September 26 against New York. He also pinch-ran in 7 games, his first major league appearances since 2002. In 125 games at Ottawa, Rogers batted .262 with 7 home runs and 48 RBI.

Castro made his major league debut with the Orioles in 2005. He batted .288 with 7 RBI in 24 games after his contract was purchased from Ottawa on September 1.

Freire also made his major league debut this season, batting .246 with a HR and 4 RBI in 25 games in two stints with the Orioles. He batted .299 with 19 homers and 69 RBI at Ottawa.

Nivar, acquired from Texas in March, appeared in 7 games over 11 days with the Orioles in June, going 4-for-13 with one RBI. He batted .198 in 33 games at Ottawa and .247 in 41 games at Double-A Bowie.

Reed was with the Orioles for 10 days in May, making his big league debut, and went 1-for-5 with one RBI in 6 games. He hit .292 with 8 homers and 37 RBI in 80 games at Ottawa.

October 7, 2005, 3:27 PM EDT

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