O's designate Sarfate, invite six to camp
Team makes room for Tejada, rounds out spring roster
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles announced Wednesday that Dennis Sarfate has been designated for assignment, making room for recent acquisition Miguel Tejada on the 40-man roster. Baltimore also announced that it has invited six more non-roster players to big league Spring Training camp in Sarasota, Fla., rounding out the crew it will see during the Grapefruit League schedule.
Among that group were catchers Luis Bernardo and Adam Donachie, infielders Miguel Abreu and Blake Davis, outfielder Matt Angle and utility man Jonathan Tucker. Five of those six players have spent their entire career in Baltimore's organization, and Donachie, the exception, was chosen by Baltimore in the 2007 Rule 5 Draft and signed as a free agent last winter.
Sarfate, who spent most of last season on the disabled list with a circulatory problem, is eligible to be claimed off waivers by the other teams in the league. If he isn't claimed, the Orioles can move him off the roster and assign him to Triple-A Norfolk. Sarfate was originally acquired in the deal that sent Tejada to Houston, making the most recent move a little more interesting.
Donachie and Bernardo were brought in to help ease the catching responsibilities in camp for starter Matt Wieters and potential backups Chad Moeller, Craig Tatum and Michel Hernandez. Bernardo batted .213 for Class A Delmarva last season, while Donachie batted .215 with five home runs and 33 RBIs for Double-A Bowie.
Abreu, a 28th-round selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, was an Eastern League All-Star last season and led Bowie in hits (142) and doubles (31). Davis turned heads in Spring Training last year, but started the season late after injuring his ankle late in camp. The shortstop went on to hit .211 for Triple-A Norfolk, but the Orioles like his glove more than his bat.
Angle, a seventh-round Draft pick in 2007, was named to the Carolina League All-Star team after batting .289 for Class A Frederick. His 40 stolen bases led Baltimore's organization.
Tucker was named an All-Star after playing in 120 games for Bowie last season. The 26-year-old stole 31 bases, which led his team and ranked fifth in the Eastern League.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.