Orioles claim Phelps off waivers

The Baltimore Orioles claimed Cord Phelps off waivers from the Cleveland Indians today.

Phelps spent portions of the past four seasons with the Columbus Clippers. He was the team's primary second basemanduring its two-year run as the International League Governors' Cup and Triple-A National champions in 2010 and '11. He was the IL All-Star second baseman in '12.

Last season, injuries to his neck and wrist limited Phelps to 65 games in Columbus and four with the Indians. He played 53 games overall for the Tribe between '11-13, batting .159 with 2 home runs and 11 RBI.

A third-round pick out of Stanford in the June '08 first-year player draft, Phelps batted .273 with 45 home runs and 212 RBI in 363 games with Columbus. He holds the franchise record for career doubles at 103.

Cleveland designated Phelps for assignment to clear 40-man roster room last week.

The Tribe also signed free-agent outfielder David Murphy today and designated pitcher Tyler Cloyd for assignment to clear 40-man roster room for hm.