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Orioles claim Vance Worley off waivers

Vance Worley could replace Brian Matusz as an innings-eater relief pitcher.

Vance Worley could replace Brian Matusz as an innings-eater relief pitcher.

The offseason is officially underway for the Orioles. Though the playoffs are still going on, the Orioles have claimed right-handed pitcher Vance Worley off waivers after he was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates. They designated pitcher Jorge Rondon for assignment to make room for him.

Worley pitched in 23 games this year and made eight starts with a 4.02 ERA for the Pirates last year. He went only 4-6 and had only 49 strikeouts in 71.2 innings pitched, but was once considered a top prospect with the Philadelphia Phillies.

In 2011, Worley went 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA for the Phillies. In 2014 he has a career-best 2.85 ERA in 17 starts for the Pirates.

With Brian Matusz likely leaving in free agency the Orioles have a need for a relief pitcher who can make long appearances if needed. He can also fill in as a starter if there is an injury.

Worley generally relies on his four-seam fastball that steadies around 89-92 miles per hours. He also has a two-seam fastball, a slider that consistently hits in the mid-80s and mid-to-upper 70s curveball.

The 28-year-old was much better against right-handed batters last year. Righties hit .276 against him in 2014. Lefties his .307.

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