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April 17, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Orioles claim Luis Exposito

The Orioles have claimed catcher Luis Exposito on waivers from the Red Sox.  Exposito was designated for assignment on April 15 in order to make room on the 40-man roster after the injury to Jacoby Ellsbury.  Originally drafted as a draft-and-follow by the Red Sox in the 31st round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Petersburg Junior College, he went on to have a very strong 2006 season at St. Petersburg and was given a $150,000 signing bonus just before the 2006 draft.

Exposito has spent all seven years of his career in the Red Sox system, and had been assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket to begin the 2012 season, his second year at the level.  Over his career Exposito hit .268/.324/.420 with 50 home runs and 281 RBI over 2031 at-bats as well as throwing out 30% of runners.  In both 2008 and 2009 he was named the All-Star at catcher.  However, the breakout of Ryan Lavarnway has pushed him ahead of Exposito on the depth chart which led to Lavarnway getting 35 at-bats this season to only 10 for Exposito. 

He will likely be assigned to the Orioles Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk.  Josh Bell was designated for assignment to make room for Exposito on their 40-man roster.

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