Cervenka was reassigned to minor-league camp Saturday. Cervenka allowed just one run and struck out six in four innings of spring action, though he was never more than a long shot to break camp with the team. The lefty owns a 4.69 ERA in 48 career major-league innings and is not on the 40-man roster, so he'll face a tough time getting a callup.
Cervenka agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Monday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training. The left-hander struggled a bit in the majors in 2016 and 2017, but after spending a bit of time in an independent league, he shined with the Tigers' Triple-A affiliate. Cervenka posted a 2.36 ERA and a 31:8 K:BB in 26 frames. He'll have a chance to work his way onto the big-league roster during spring training, but he'll likely have to outperform Chasen Shreve, Brett Cecil and Tyler Webb to avoid spending more time in the minors.
The Tigers purchased Cervenka's contract Wednesday from the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, John Wagner of The Toledo Blade reports. After being cut by the Orioles near the end of spring training, Cervenka reached a deal with the Skeeters and was dominant over 17.2 innings for the independent club, accruing a 1.52 ERA and 21 strikeouts. The lefty reliever will likely report to Triple-A Toledo upon joining his new organization with the hope of parlaying his stint in the minors into a spot in the big-league bullpen.
Cervenka was released by the Orioles on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Cervenka's time with the Orioles has come to an end just two weeks after joining the team on a minor-league deal. The 28-year-old spent the majority of last season with Triple-A New Orleans, posting a lackluster 4.58 ERA scores 39.1 innings. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as organizational pitching depth.
Cervenka signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles on Tuesday, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports. Cervenka was recently released by the Marlins after giving up eight runs in 4.2 innings last year. He spent the majority of last season with their Triple-A club (New Orleans), posting a 4.58 ERA with a 6.26 FIP in 39.1 innings. The 28-year-old lefty could get a cup of coffee in the Orioles' bullpen at some point this season, but nothing in his track record suggests he'll be much of a fantasy asset if that happens.
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