Jake Fox clears waivers (Snyder recalled)

Utility infielder Jake Fox cleared waivers and will be outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk later today.

The Orioles couldn’t work out a trade for Fox, who hit .188 with two homers in 19 games.

Fox was the talk of spring training after belting 10 home runs - 11 if you count the intrasquad game - and he beat out Craig Tatum for the backup catching job. The Orioles weren’t satisfied with his work behind the plate and recalled Tatum, and Derrek Lee’s return from the disabled list further cut into Fox’s opportunities.

Fox will have to find at-bats at Norfolk, where Josh Bell starts at third base and Brandon Snyder starts at first.

Fox could make some starts in left field. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to start him behind the plate, too, if the club wants him to improve defensively and refine his game-calling skills.

Update: The Orioles have officially recalled infielder Brandon Snyder from Triple-A Norfolk. Snyder will fill Lee’s void on the roster, as the first baseman spends time on the bereavement list to attend his grandfather’s funeral.

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