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Eric Fornataro | Relief Pitcher

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/2/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Orioles released RHP Eric Fornataro.
He signed a minor league deal with Baltimore in April but only stuck for about six weeks. Fornataro posted an ugly 8.10 ERA in 10 appearances for Double-A Bowie before getting axed. The 28-year-old made eight appearances for the Cardinals in 2014 but hasn't been to the majors since. May 26 - 4:47 PM

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Orioles signed RHP Eric Fornataro to a minor league contract.

The O's worked Fornataro out on Wednesday and evidently liked what they saw. The 28-year-old held a 5.54 ERA at Triple-A with the Nationals last season.
Apr 8 - 3:15 PM

According to MASN's Roch Kubatko, the Orioles worked out free agent Eric Fornataro on Wednesday.

It sounds like the O's might be considering signing the 28-year-old right-hander to a minor league contract. Fornataro posted a 4.66 ERA in 9 2/3 innings with the Cardinals in 2014. He spend the entire 2015 season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Nationals.
Apr 7 - 2:26 PM

Nationals sent RHP Eric Fornataro outright to Triple-A Syracuse.

Fornataro was claimed off waivers from the Cardinals in November but the Nationals then designated him for assignment last week to open up a 40-man roster spot for Casey Janssen. Fornataro will be in camp with the Nats this spring but is highly doubtful to land a spot in the club's Opening Day bullpen.
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 02:51:00 PM

Nationals designated RHP Eric Fornataro for assignment.

Fornataro lost his 40-man roster spot Monday to Casey Janssen, who was officially signed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with a $7 million mutual option (or $1.5 million buyout) for 2016. Washington claimed Fornataro off waivers from the Cardinals in November. He had a decent showing at Triple-A Memphis in 2014.
Mon, Feb 2, 2015 02:11:00 PM

Nationals claimed RHP Eric Fornataro off waivers from the Cardinals.

Fornataro appeared in eight games for the Cardinals this season, posting a 4.66 ERA with three strikeouts over 9 2/3 innings. The 26-year-old put up a 2.57 ERA with 35 strikeouts over 56 frames at Triple-A. He'll compete for a middle relief role in spring training.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 02:29:00 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Eric Fornataro to Triple-A Memphis.

The Cards need a fresh bullpen after with the relief corps being taxed in recent days. Fornataro allowed two runs -- one earned -- over two relief frames Saturday in his lone appearance while up with the big club.
Sun, Jun 29, 2014 11:31:00 AM

Cardinals recalled RHP Eric Fornataro from Triple-A Memphis.

Fornataro will function as bullpen depth for the Cardinals until they need a fifth starter Wednesday in Colorado. The 26-year-old righty has a 4.70 ERA in seven appearances this season out of the St. Louis 'pen.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 12:15:00 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Eric Fornataro to Triple-A Memphis.

Fornataro threw 39 pitches over two innings in relief of Tyler Lyons on Monday, so the Cardinals have decided to add some fresh arms for their bullpen. The 26-year-old should get another shot down the road.
Tue, May 13, 2014 02:42:00 PM

Cardinals recalled RHP Eric Fornataro from Triple-A Memphis.

Fornataro was off to a nice start this year at Memphis, having rattled off five scoreless innings of relief. He will join the St. Louis bullpen on Thursday. His first appearance will be his major league debut.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 01:08:00 PM

Cardinals purchased the contract of RHP Eric Fornataro from Double-A Springfield.

Fornataro enjoyed success as a full-time reliever this season, posting a 2.39 ERA and 41/17 K/BB ratio over 67 2/3 innings in Double-A. The 24-year-old right-hander saw an increase in velocity in the 'pen and also did a good job inducing ground balls.
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 03:55:00 PM

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