BALTIMORE (AP) -The Orioles cut ties with right-hander Paul Shuey on Tuesday, ending his comeback with Baltimore.
Shuey, signed to a minor league contract as a free agent in February, made it back to the majors for the first time since 2004 after undergoing hip surgery. He was 0-1 with one save and a 9.82 ERA in 25 games.
``We needed to make a move. We needed to try something different,'' Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. ``He told me that he expected it. ... It's best for the team.''
Shuey gave up nine runs in the final two innings of the Orioles' 30-3 loss to Texas on Aug. 22, capping the first 30-run game in the majors since 1897.
``It hurt to tell him he was done with us,'' Trembley said. ``I thought he did so much more than just suck up some innings for us when a lot or lesser guys wouldn't have.''
Shuey had already cleaned out his locker and departed the clubhouse before the Orioles began a three-game series with Tampa Bay on Tuesday. The Orioles have 10 days to trade, waive or send him to the minors.
Baltimore recalled left-hander Kurt Birkins from Triple-A Norfolk.
``He's a friend of mine - playing with him early in the year at Norfolk, him helping me through some rough times early in the year,'' Birkins said.
Birkins is 0-1 with a 9.95 ERA in seven relief appearances. But in 19 starts and one relief outing at Norfolk, Birkins went 8-4 with a 3.07 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 105 2-3 innings.
``The changeup has been the pitch that my success really depends on, and I've had trouble with it up here,'' Birkins said.

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