Orioles DFA Lebron

The Orioles have designated reliever Luis Lebron for assignment to make room for pitcher Dylan Bundy on the 40-man roster.

Bundy agreed to terms on a major league deal last night shortly before the midnight deadline, so he must be placed on the 40-man.

Lebron, 26, missed the 2010 season after undergoing ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in May. He was pitching at short-season Single-A Aberdeen this season, allowing three runs and two hits in seven innings over seven appearances, with two walks and eight strikeouts.

Lebron made the Carolina League All-Star team in 2009 after recording 11 saves with Single-A Frederick. He moved up to Double-A Bowie and went 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA and nine saves in 24 appearances, with eight hits allowed and 39 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings.

The Orioles are hoping that Lebron clears waivers and is outrighted. They're gambling that teams will pass on a pitcher who's only appeared in seven games over the last two years.

Any team claiming Lebron would have to put him on the 40-man roster.

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