Orioles acquire catcher Nick Hundley in trade with Padres for reliever Troy Patton
With Matt Wieters on the disabled list with an injured elbow, the Orioles acquired catching depth on Saturday, trading for the Padres' Nick Hundley in exchange for reliever Troy Patton, the team announced before its game against the Indians at Camden Yards.
The 30-year-old Hundley hit 47 home runs in seven seasons with the Padres. He is hitting .271 with a homer and three RBIs in 33 games this season as a backup to Yasmani Grandal.
"Hundley is a proven veteran catcher," Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said in a text message with MLB.com. "[He] handles pitchers well and has power to stabilize [the] team."
Patton, 28, has played five seasons for the Orioles. He is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in nine appearances this season, and 5-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 143 career appearances (two starts).
The Orioles also recalled utility infielder Steve Lombardozzi from Triple-A Norfolk.
Baltimore has been using Steve Clevenger and rookie Caleb Joseph in a catching platoon.