Evans Clinchy
Thursday April 12th, 2012

The Baltimore Orioles have signed veteran right-hander Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

Piniero reported today to the Orioles' extended spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla., where he will work out with club trainers until he is ready for game action. He's likely to begin his season with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides.

Piniero fills a void in Baltimore, as right-handed long reliever Alfredo Simon went from the O's to the Cincinnati Reds via the waiver wire earlier this month.

"We lost Simon, he was the candidate to be the right-handed long guy," Orioles VP Dan Duquette said. "And so we needed a long man."

Pineiro went 7-7 with a 5.13 ERA for the Los Angeles Angels last year. He caught on this spring with the Philadelphia Phillies, who released him after he allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits in six Grapefruit League innings. For his career, Pineiro is 104-93 with a 4.41 ERA. He turns 34 in September.

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