The Orioles have officially selected the contract of infielder Paul Janish, as David Hall of the Virginia Pilot reported on Twitter. Baltimore also announced that righty Eddie Gamboa has been outrighted, though Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com notes on Twitter that a 40-man spot was not needed to accommodate Janish.
Baltimore’s infield was in need of another option with J.J. Hardy hitting the DL. Janish, 32, has not seen time in the big leagues since 2013. All told, he owns a .214/.284/.288 slash over 1,206 plate appearances in the majors. Janish has not been much better offensively at Triple-A this year, carrying a .584 OPS, but is a versatile and highly-regarded defender.
As for the knuckleballing Gamboa, 30, a major league appearance still remains out of reach. He’s now pitched at the Double-A and/or Triple-A level in every season since 2009 without a call-up. Gamboa has thrown 109 1/3 innings on the year at Triple-A Norfolk, working to a 4.36 ERA. Though his knuckler remains quite difficult to square up (7.1 H/9 and 0.4 HR/9), he’s walked 6.8 batters against 6.3 strikeouts per nine innings.