Giavotella says he's completely fine after taking a line drive off his palm in Friday's Grapefruit League game, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. He stayed in the game after the incident and said it was pretty painful but "nothing I couldn't play through." Expect the veteran infielder to continue getting plenty of at-bats with the absences of Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado, both of whom are competing in the World Baseball Classic. Giavotella is competing for a reserve infield spot on the Baltimore roster this spring.
Giavotella agreed to a minor league deal with the Orioles on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. The 29-year-old spent the better part of the past two seasons with the Angels big league club, slashing .267/.305/.375 over 869 plate appearances as their primary second baseman. Despite his below average glove, he offers the Orioles much needed infield depth and will compete for a bench spot in spring training.
Giavotella cleared waivers Sunday and has been outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake. Giavotella was designated for assignment on Saturday, but went unclaimed through the team's waivers and is no longer a member of the team's 40-man roster. The team intends to evaluate a couple other options at second base, but that doesn't rule out a return to the majors for Giavotella at some point.
Giavotella was cut by the Angels on Saturday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. The Angels, who began Saturday with the fourth worst winning percentage in the league, are clearly planning for 2017. Giavotella is the third position player from the Opening Day roster to be let go -- he joins Daniel Nava and Craig Gentry. In a corresponding move, the Angels recalled infielder Kaleb Cowart from Triple-A Salt Lake.
Giavotella will be out of the lineup for Thursday's contest against the Indians. Giavotella will get a day off for the third straight game Thursday, and has been struggling recently at the plate. Cliff Pennington will get the start at second, while batting ninth.