O's send down 5 players

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


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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