12/05/12 4:22 PM ET
O's sign righty Russell to Minor League contract
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
The 29-year-old Russell last played in the Majors in 2011, as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, and went 1-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 36 appearances. He was signed to a Minor League deal by Atlanta last winter and was picked up by the Angels after his release in July, going 3-3 with a 7.02 ERA across two levels.
A former Chicago White Sox farmhand, Russell also spent two years with the San Diego Padres and is 8-3 with a 3.95 ERA in parts of four big league seasons. Russell announced the signing on his Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.