The Orioles announced a series of roster moves today, selecting the contracts of Fernando Abad and Konner Wade, designating Adam Plutko for assignment, optioning Dusten Knight to Triple-A and transferring Bruce Zimmermann to the 60-day IL.
For Abad, this will be his first time on a big league roster since 2019. The journeyman lefty signed a minor league deal with the Nationals before the 2020 season, eventually getting released and signing another minors deal with the Yankees. The O’s then added him on a minor league deal in December. In 25 1/3 Triple-A innings this year, he has an ERA of 4.26. In 330 2/3 MLB innings over his career, he has an ERA of 4.42.
This will be Wade’s second stint with Baltimore this season. The first time around, he only got into a single game, throwing 1 2/3 innings and allowing six earned runs. The 29-year-old was designated for assignment and outrighted in early July, but has earned his way back with a solid Triple-A performance. In 62 1/3 innings at that level this year, he has an ERA of 3.03.
Plutko was acquired just before the season began in a trade with Cleveland but hasn’t performed well enough to hold onto his roster spot. Through 56 1/3 innings this year, he has an ERA of 6.71 with a strikeout rate of 17.3% and walk rate of 10.6%, both of which are worse than league average. Plutko has more than three years’ service time and could refuse an outright assignment and elect free agency if he clears waivers.
For Zimmermann, this is an unfortunate setback as he was almost ready to return from a biceps issue but sprained his ankle in a training room accident, per Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. It’s unclear how long that ankle issue will keep him sidelined, but he will be eligible to come off the IL this week, since the 60 days are counted from his initial IL placement on June 18th. The lefty has an ERA of 4.83 for the O’s this year over 59 2/3 innings.