O’s select contract of outfielder Nate McLouth, designate Endy Chavez for assignment

The Orioles today announced that they have selected the contract of outfielder Mate McLouth from Triple-A Norfolk.

McLouth batted .244 (44-180) with five doubles, two triples, 10 homers, 29 runs scored and 33 RBI in 47 games for Norfolk after opening the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he batted .140 (8-57) with two doubles, four runs scored and two RBI in 34 games.

In 2008, he was a National League All-Star, won a Gold Glove and led the NL with 46 doubles.

In 765 major league games with the Pirates and Braves, McLouth is a career .246 hitter (586-2378) with 142 doubles, 14 triples, 81 homers and 272 RBI.

McLouth will wear #48.

Endy Chavez batted .190 (23-121) with two homers and eight RBI in 47 games for the Orioles.