The empty hole inside of Dan Duquette is only filled when he is claiming random guys off of waivers. His life has some meaning for a little while once again as the Orioles claimed right-handed pitcher David Hale from the Rockies on Monday afternoon.
Hale, 28, had been designated for assignment by the Rockies back on Friday after having appeared in two games for the Rockies this year. In those two games, he gave up three runs in two innings. Oops.
The O's have assigned Hale to Norfolk. There is little cost to this move, since they had an open spot on the 40-man roster and they can always DFA him later if they don't need him after all. In the meantime, he's a guy who can ride the Norfolk-Baltimore shuttle if they need a fresh arm at some point, either as a spot starter or as a long reliever.
Most of Hale's appearances in the minors have been as a starting pitcher, though he's been used mostly as a reliever in his big league action. One interesting thing about him is that he went to Princeton, having been drafted originally by the Braves out of the third round in the 2009 draft.
After claiming Hale, the 40-man roster is now full. The next time Duquette steps into these waters, he will have to cast off someone from the existing fringe. I imagine he's already rubbing his hands together with glee at the possibility.