JULY 22: The Orioles announced that Wright has been released. The Reynolds Sports Management client is free to sign with any club.
JULY 15: The Orioles have designated lefty Wesley Wright for assignment, the team announced. The MLB.com transactions page first cited the move. Wright had been on the 60-day DL, but now hits DFA limbo immediately upon being activated.
Wright, 30, only made it into two big league games this year after signing a one-year, $1.7MM free agent deal with Baltimore. Shoulder issues have plagued the southpaw, who has struggled to a 7.71 ERA in ten rehab appearances at Triple-A, striking out five and walking seven in 11 2/3 innings. Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com adds that Wright has struggled to regain his usual velocity.
Last year, Wright was an effective member of the Cubs bullpen. Over 48 1/3 frames, he put up a 3.14 ERA with 6.9 K/9, 3.5 BB/9 and a 52.1 percent ground-ball rate. Wright was especially dominant against opposing lefties, and should get another look from a team in need of depth in that specialty.