Luetge signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles on Sunday, David Hall of The Virginian-Pilot reports. Luetge opened the season in the Reds organization, but was let go a few days earlier after logging a 4.55 ERA and 30 strikeouts over 27.2 innings with Triple-A Louisville. He'll stick at the Triple-A level with his new organization, and may have an easier path to the big leagues with the Orioles bullpen short on quality relievers.
The Reds released Luetge from his contract with Triple-A Louisville, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The southpaw posted a 4.55 ERA with 30 strikeouts and nine walks in 27.2 innings for the Bats. Luetge will look to catch on with another organization that needs a depth arm.
The Reds are leaning towards keeping a second lefty in their bullpen behind Tony Cingrani, with it coming down to Wandy Peralta or Luetge, MLB.com reports. Luetge, a non-roster invitee who spent 2016 with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City, has had a better spring than Peralta, but his minor league stats last year and his previous major league appearances aren't inspiring.
Luetge was designated for assignment on Wednesday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Luetge did not appear in any game action after being called up to the majors Sunday. This action simultaneously created space for infielder Kaleb Cowart to be placed on the 25-man roster.
Luetge was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. Luetge has pitched in 15 games this season for Salt Lake, compiling a 2.33 ERA, 17 strikeouts, and a save. The 29-year-old will take the roster spot previously held by Tim Lincecum, who has been optioned to Salt Lake to begin a rehab assignment.
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