In Orioles news tonight, the Baltimore Orioles added some much-needed depth to their catching corps on Friday, acquiring Nick Hundley from the San Diego Padres in exchange for left-handed relief pitcher Troy Patton.
Per the AP report on the trade, "the 30-year-old Hundley hit .271 with a home run and three RBIs in 33 games with the Padres this season. The Orioles are currently operating without starting catcher Matt Wieters, who's on the disabled list with a strained right elbow."
At the current moment, there is no timetable for Wieters' return, with surgery not out of the realm of possibility.
"We still hope Matt doesn't need anything," manager Buck Showalter stated. "You've always got to prepare for what if."
Baltimore Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette saw the trade as a necessary move to "stabilize the team."
"Hundley is a proven veteran catcher who handles pitchers well and has power," Duqette added.
In order to get Hundley, the Orioles had to give up one of the four left-handers in their bullpen. Troy Patton was 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA for the O's in nine appearances. He missed the entire month of April serving a 25-game suspension after testing positive for a banned amphetamine last year.
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