The Orioles designated Valaika for assignment Thursday.

Since Freddy Galvis (quadriceps) was placed on the injured list in late June before being dealt to the Phillies last week, Valaika had settled in as the Orioles' preferred option at second base. However, the 28-year-old couldn't capitalize on the added playing time, slashing a woeful .192/.251/.280 over 212 plate appearances on the season before being booted from the 40-man roster in favor of utility man Jorge Mateo, whom the Orioles claimed off waivers from the Padres. Assuming Valaika goes unclaimed off waivers, he'll report to Triple-A Norfolk in the coming days.

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