Ondrusek signed a one-year, $650,000 deal with a team option for 2018 with the Orioles on Monday,Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports. Ondrusek wasn't exactly impressive during his limited stint with the Orioles in 2016, allowing seven earned runs in 6.1 innings, but his 2.17 ERA across two seasons with Japan was strong enough to get him a major league deal with Baltimore. He figures to work as a middle reliever at the start of 2017.
Ondrusek was assigned to Double-A Bowie on Tuesday, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports. Ondrusek has pitched just four innings across three games with Bowie this season. In said outings, he allowed four runs off six hits. He continued to struggle during his time with the Reds as well, where he owns a 9.95 ERA and 1.89 WHIP for the season.
Ondrusek was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Friday. Ondrusek was designated for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster for T.J. McFarland, who was activated from the DL on Friday. Ondrusek was a liability on the mound for Baltimore this season, as he allowed seven runs over 6.1 innings (seven games).
The Orioles recalled Ondrusek from Double-A Bowie on Thursday. Ondrusek, who was optioned to Bowie earlier in August after allowing four earned runs in 5.1 innings over six appearances with the Orioles, will replace Parker Bridwell in Baltimore's bullpen. He figures to work in middle relief in his latest go-around with the big club.
Ondrusek was optioned to Double-A Bowie on Thursday. Ondrusek came on in the eighth inning of what was a 9-2 game in Oakland on Thursday before allowing two earned runs (one HR) in 0.2 innings of work. Overall, Ondrusek allowed four earned runs in 5.1 innings with the Orioles after being signed to a major league deal. The Orioles have yet to announce a corresponding move, but they'll likely bring up another reliever to replace Ondrusek.