Orioles acquire Phillips from Rangers; designate Spoone for assignment
The Orioles have traded veteran Triple-A infielder Nick Green and cash to the Texas Rangers for Triple-A left-handed reliever Zach Phillips.
Phillips, who is 1-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 33 games for Triple-A Round Rock, will be added to the 40-man roster and report to Triple-A Norfolk. To make room on the 40-man roster for him, the Orioles have designated right-handed pitcher Chorye Spoone (Northeast, CCBC-Catonsville).
Spoone, 25, has a 4.73 ERA in 19 starts combined between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this season.
In 213 games over seven career minor league seasons, Phillips is 31-39 with a 4.10 ERA. This season, the lefty has allowed 50 hits and 21 walks while striking out 38 in 44 2/3 innings.
Phillips went 3-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 45 appearances last season, and 2-3 with a 1.39 ERA in 36 appearances in 2009.
Green, the 32-year-old utility infielder who signed with the Orioles as a minor league free agent before the season, batted .208 with 16 doubles 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 87 games for Norfolk.