The Orioles designated first baseman/catcher/left fielder Jake Fox for assignment to open a spot on the active roster for lefty Brian Matusz, reports Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. Derrek Lee will return from the DL soon, and Fox acknowledged recently his role with the Orioles was unclear. The team told Fox they'll attempt to trade him, tweets Zrebiec.
The Orioles acquired Fox, 28, in June of last year from the Athletics for Ross Wolf. Fox hit .209/.255/.426 in his Orioles career across 157 plate appearances. He did lead MLB with ten Spring Training homers though.
The move drops the Orioles' 40-man roster count to 39.