A day after being promoted to the Baltimore Orioles' big league roster, former York Revolution pitcher Julio DePaula has been sent back to the minors.
The O's on Monday called up DePaula from double-A Bowie to provide some depth to their bullpen. DePaula, however, did not see action in Baltimore's 8-2 extra-innings win at Washington on Monday night. So before the right-handed reliever even got to see any action in the majors, DePaula instead was designated for assignment by the O's on Tuesday to make room for right-hander Bud Norris, who was reinstated from the disabled list.
Players designated for assignment sometimes are first put on the waiver wire, where other big league teams can come in and sign that player away. However, MLB.com Orioles reporter Brittany Ghiroli tweeted Tuesday that Baltimore can send DePaula back down to the minors without having him clear waivers.
It's unclear if DePaula will be shipped to triple-A Norfolk or return to double-A Bowie, where he tossed 6.1 scoreless innings in the last two weeks after getting signed off the Revs' roster.
The Dominican Republic native previously played one lone season in the majors in 2007 for the Minnesota Twins, posting an 8.55 ERA in 16 relief appearances, striking out eight and walking 10 in 20 innings.
DePaula, 31, went 3-2 with a 2.48 ERA in 28 relief appearances this season for York until the Orioles signed him June 26.
DePaula was set to be the sixth former York Revolution player to make it to the majors after playing for the Revs, and only the third player to go from York to the big leagues in the same season. He'll now go back the minors as one of 13 former Revs playing in affiliated minor league ball.
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