Choice was released by the Orioles on Tuesday. Choice signed a minor-league deal with the O's in February after a disappointing 2016 campaign with Cleveland. The outfielder played in 11 games for Norfolk this year, but managed a sad .038/.219/.077 slash line over 11 games and 32 plate appearances. Choice, 27, has 96 MLB games under his belt, which should help him catch on with a new club.
Choice signed a minor league contract with the Orioles on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports. The 27-year-old outfielder spent 2016 in the Indians organization, although it was a fairly disappointing year given his lack of success (.246 batting average, 29.3 percent strikeout rate) and his injury issues that limited him to just 71 games. The Orioles have plenty of better options for their major league outfield, so Choice will likely be relegated to an organizational depth role in 2017.
Choice went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in his return from the disabled list Tuesday. Choice had been on the DL since May 6 due to an abductor strain, but he was able to return in a big way after about two and a half weeks on the shelf. Barring any more injuries, the 26-year-old should be able to slot back into his regular role as an outfielder for Triple-A Columbus.
Choice was placed on the disabled list Friday with a right abductor strain. Less than a month after being placed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, Choice's luck isn't getting any better this season. Prior to this new injury, the outfielder was batting .257 with four doubles through 10 games, although this injury could keep him on the shelf for a decent chunk of time considering how much his legs have already taken a beating this season between this and the aforementioned hamstring injury.
Choice is slashing .257/.278/.371 with four doubles through 10 games this season. Choice started off the season hitless through his first three games, but has come on nicely and is currently in the midst of a four-game hit streak. He'll continue to act as organizational depth in the outfield for the Indians going forward.
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