Kline refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday and was released by the Orioles, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports. The 29-year-old elected free agency rather than heading back to Triple-A. Kline appeared in three games this season and gave up one run with seven strikeouts and three walks over five innings. He had a 5.93 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in a larger sample size (41 innings) during 2019.
Kline was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Kline was shuffled between the major-league roster and the alternate training site in 2020, and he'll be cast off the 40-man roster heading into the offseason. The right-hander made three relief appearances during the abbreviated 2020 season, recording a 1.80 ERA and seven strikeouts over five innings.
The Orioles recalled Kline from their alternate training site Wednesday. He'll rejoin the Baltimore bullpen as a replacement for Evan Phillips (elbow), who was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Over 35 career relief appearances spanning 42.2 innings, Kline owns a 5.70 ERA.
Kline was optioned to Baltimore's alternate training site following Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Rays. Kline was called up for the first game of the day, but he'll head right back down after failing to make an appearance. He's pitched in one game this season, tossing 1.2 scoreless frames while allowing one hit and fanning three.
Kline was recalled from the alternate training site Thursday. Kline made his major-league debut in early September and will rejoin the Orioles with less than two weeks left in the regular season. The 28-year-old should fill a low-leverage role out of the bullpen.
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