O's agree to terms with Rupe; Komminsk likely to Triple-A as hitting coach
The Orioles agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Josh Rupe on a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training.
Rupe, 28, made 11 appearances for the Kansas City Royals in 2010, going 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA and allowing 14 hits and seven walks in 9 2/3 innings.
He’s familiar with Orioles manager Buck Showalter, having made his major league debut with Showalter’s 2005 Texas Rangers. Rupe made 70 appearances for the Rangers from 2005 to 2009.
He’s expected to start the 2011 season at Triple-A Norfolk.
In other news, Brad Komminsk, who has spent the past three seasons as Double-A Bowie manager, will likely move up and serve as Triple-A Norfolk's hitting coach under manager Gary Allenson.
Single-A Frederick field coach Denny Hocking is expected to move up to Double-A and serve in a coaching capacity. The Orioles aren't ready to announce the identity of the Baysox's new manager, but it's expected to be an internal promotion.
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