Sardinas cleared waivers Friday and was assigned to Triple-A Norfolk. Sardinas was claimed off waivers Wednesday after being released by the Padres, so the Orioles will bring him aboard to provide organizational depth. The 24-year-old hit just .163/.226/.163 while seeing limited playing time with San Diego, but could overtake utility infielder Paul Janish for a roster spot if he can impress in Triple-A.
Sardinas was claimed off waivers by the Orioles on Wednesday. After failing to beat out Erick Aybar for the starting shortstop role during spring training, Sardinas languished while seeing irregular duties off the bench, slashing .163/.226/.163 in 53 plate appearances before the Padres elected to drop him from the 40-man roster. The Orioles evidently still believe there's still some untapped potential in the 24-year-old, who at the very least, should give the team some extra depth at multiple spots around the diamond. He could replace Paul Janish as the club's utility infielder.
Sardinas was designated for assignment Sunday. The roster move comes on the heels of the Padres claiming infielder Chase d'Arnaud off waivers from the Red Sox on Sunday. Sardinas hasn't exactly hit the lights out this season, as evidenced by his .163 average, no extra-base hits and single RBI across 49 at-bats, making him an easy choice to bump off the 40-man roster for the incoming d'Arnaud. He'll likely report to Triple-A El Paso if he clears waivers.
Sardinas received a rare start Thursday, going 2-for-4 in a loss to the Rangers. With the Padres visiting an American League club, the team was afforded an extra batter and Sardinas was the one to benefit Thursday. San Diego has another AL-road series against the White Sox coming up, so the 23-year-old could see another start in short order. That said, his .195/.250/.195 slash line in 44 plate appearances this season makes him an undesirable option even if he were to be penciled into the lineup.
Sardinas started at shortstop on Monday, going 1-for-3 with a stolen base in a loss to the Braves. The 23-year-old fell out of favor to the 33-year-old Erick Aybar this spring, failing to claim the Padres' starting shortstop job despite entering camp as the leading candidate. The latter has done nothing to lose his role as the team's everyday shortstop, so Sardinas will continue to ride the pine on most nights.
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