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.

9 Responses to Orioles Release Rick VandenHurk Leave a Reply

  1. tapehead4 3 years ago

    Daddy, I want a VandenHurk!

    – V. Salt

  2. FillyPhan 3 years 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. johnsilver 3 years 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..

  4. Dan Mazzaro 3 years ago

    Rick Vandenhurk<Loek Van Mil

  5. KaunBlauk 3 years 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..

  6. hardwired7 3 years ago

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

  7. Tyler Jedrzejak 3 years ago

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

  8. OhthePossibilities 3 years ago


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