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Orioles sign RHP Joel Pineiro to minor league deal

The Orioles have signed 33-year-old right-hander

Joel Pineiro

to a minor league deal. He reported today to the club’s extended spring complex in Sarasota, Fla., where he will work out with club trainers until he is ready to pitch in games – likely beginning at Triple-A Norfolk.

Pineiro, who was 7-7 with a 5.13 ERA in 27 games (24 starts) with the

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Los Angeles Angels
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last year, was released by the

Philadelphia Phillies

in March after allowing seven hits and five runs (three earned) in six

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Grapefruit League
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innings.

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Pineiro was signed to give the Orioles an option as a long reliever. The club is without a true long man, partially because it lost right-hander

Alfredo Simon

on waivers to the

Cincinnati Reds

earlier this month.

“We lost Simon, he was the candidate to be the right-handed long guy,” Duquette said. “And so we needed a long man.”

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In a 12-season career, Pineiro is 104-93 with a 4.41 ERA in 335 games. He is 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA in 34 big league games.

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