O's select Lavarnway's contract, DFA Webb

O's select Lavarnway's contract, DFA Webb

ST. PETERSBURG -- As expected, the Orioles have selected the contract of catcher Ryan Lavarnway and designated right-hander Ryan Webb for assignment.

Lavarnway was reassigned to Minor League camp on Sunday as one of the final cuts, a surprising move given that he had been projected to make the roster. But the O's, who are on the hook for Webb's $2.75 million salary, wanted to give things one more day to see if they could find a creative way to get out of Webb's contract.

"If you talk to Dan [Duquette] about it, he's got a lot of things in the fire," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's just trying get a little more time to bring them to a conclusion."

The roster move, which came before Monday afternoon's Opening Day game against the Rays at Tropicana Field, is the first of several expected over the next few days, as Chris Davis will be activated off the restricted list following Monday's game. Showalter said the O's plan on optioning a position player, with the expectation being that it will be Steve Clevenger.

With Monday's move, the Orioles will have 10 days to trade Webb or put him on waivers. He reiterated Monday that he will not accept an outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

"You've got to show up ready to play. I was expecting to show up and be part of the game today," Webb said, "but right now I'm going to sit tight and figure out what they're trying to do."

Lavarnway was a non-roster invitee this spring, and he batted .167/.211/.222 with two doubles and two RBIs in 17 games.

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