BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have signed veteran right-hander Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been operating this season without a designated long reliever, and Pineiro could ultimately fill the void. He is expected to join Triple-A Norfolk this week and be part of the rotation there.

Pineiro was released by Philadelphia on March 19 after signing a minor league contract with the Phillies in January.

Pineiro, 33, has a career record of 104-93 with a 4.41 ERA. He pitched in 2010 and 2011 with the Los Angeles Angels and also has pitched for Seattle, Boston and St. Louis.

Baltimore announced the deal on Wednesday.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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