Orioles Release Rick VandenHurk

FRIDAY: VandenHurk cleared waivers and was released, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun tweets.

THURSDAY: The Orioles have placed Rick VandenHurk on release waivers, Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com reports (Twitter links). The right-hander, who was designated for assignment last week, could be claimed by another team before his release becomes official tomorrow.

VandenHurk, 26, has experience in five big league seasons, but he appeared in just four games for the 2011 Orioles. He spent most of the season as a starter at Triple-A, where he posted a 4.43 ERA with 6.3 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 154 1/3 innings. The 6'5" native of the Netherlands has a 5.97 ERA with 8.8 K/9, 4.7 BB/9 and a 27.9% ground ball rate in 181 career innings with the Marlins and Orioles.

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9 Comments on "Orioles Release Rick VandenHurk"

3 years 7 months ago

Daddy, I want a VandenHurk!

– V. Salt

3 years 7 months ago

Shame we need baseball to get bigger worldwide, this isn’t going to help bring in international fans. I’m not saying you keep him for that fact either, just would be good for baseball to have more European players

3 years 7 months ago

I always thought he would make it with the Fish.. But he never could stick as the sinker/slider swing guy.. Tall and lanky.. Something about those sinker/slider guys like that.. They always have that funky delivery like him.. Maybe the Fish will get him back..

Dan Mazzaro
3 years 7 months ago

Rick Vandenhurk<Loek Van Mil

3 years 7 months ago

As a baseball fan from Holland I don’t like this move but if he’s not good enough, he’s not good enough…too bad..

3 years 7 months ago

You still have Bert Blyleven!

3 years 7 months ago

Hey, it got his name out there.  It’s not all bad.

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 7 months ago

A 27 groundball percentage…..i say the Rockies sign him

3 years 7 months ago