Orioles Claim Pedro Viola

The Orioles claimed lefty Pedro Viola off waivers from the Reds today, according to a team press release.  Viola was assigned to Triple A, and Felix Pie was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster.

Viola, 26, posted a 5.47 ERA, 10.4 K/9, and 6.0 BB/9 in 49.3 Triple A relief innings last year, allowing seven home runs.  In their 2010 Handbook, Baseball America praised Viola for a 92-94 mph fastball.  However, they describe his changeup and slider as fringy and note his inconsistent command.  Viola will be a project for Tides pitching coach Mike Griffin.

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