Orioles designate Pedro Alvarez for assignment

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 18: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Baltimore Orioles takes a swing during a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 18, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Red Sox won 10-8. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE– The Orioles have continued to shuffle their roster, now ridding themselves of a veteran hitter.

The team has designated DH Pedro Alvarez for assignment after he struggled so far in 2018.

Alvarez, 31, is hitting a lowly .181 with 8 HR’s and 18 RBI’s.

With the Orioles sorely out of contention, the team is taking the chance to see what some of its younger players can do at the Major League level.

Now, Alvarez will have the choice to accept a Minor League assignment with the team or elect free agency.