Rapada designated for assignment (and Orioles lineup)

The Orioles will activate Alfredo Simon from the disabled list this afternoon and designate left-hander Clay Rapada for assignment.

The club has 10 days to trade Rapada, pass him through waivers and outright him to Triple-A Norfolk or release him.

The Sun's Jeff Zrebiec tweeted the roster move, and a team official just confirmed it.

Rapada was effective against left-handers, as advertised. They went 4-for-35 against him, with one home run, three walks and 13 strikeouts. However, right-handers were 9-for-13 with two doubles, one triple, two home runs, three walks and no strikeouts.

The Orioles apparently don't believe they can afford the luxury of carrying a left-handed specialist in their bullpen. They prefer the multiple innings that Simon provides, and someone who isn't as overmatched against righties.

Rapada signed a minor league deal Jan. 25 and had his contract purchased by the Orioles on April 18.

The 40-man roster is down to 39 players.

For the Orioles:
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Derrek Lee 1B
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 3B
Felix Pie LF
Blake Davis 2B

Chris Jakubauskas RHP

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