Orioles sign Riske to minor league deal
The Orioles have added another big league veteran to their bullpen competition by signing reliever David Riske to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
The 34-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 5.01 ERA in 23 games with the Milwaukee Brewers last season before being released in August. He had elbow ligament-reconstruction (Tommy John) surgery in June 2009, after pitching just one inning that season. Riske rehabilitated for the first part of 2010 in the minors, compiling a 5.54 ERA in 11 total games at Triple-A Nashville and Single-A Brevard County.
Riske has pitched for five big league teams in 11 seasons, going 20-20 with a 3.67 ERA in 462 games, all in relief. His best season was 2003, when he had a 2.28 ERA and eight saves in 68 games for the Cleveland Indians.
A 56th-round draft pick of the Indians' in 1996, Riske is a former teammate and close friend of Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie.
-- Dan Connolly
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