Good morning, Birdland!
The Orioles launched their spring coaching roster on Friday, and together with it got here the information that one of many workforce’s high prospects, Heston Kjerstad, had been dealing with “an episode of myocarditis” over the summer time and into the autumn. This precipitated him to utterly miss out on being included within the workforce’s alternate web site and tutorial league.
It was not revealed whether or not or not Kjerstad had examined constructive for COVID-19 at any level. Nevertheless, his case has already been in comparison with that of Eduardo Rodriguez. The previous Orioles farmhand and present Red Sox starter missed all of 2020 following a COVID-19 diagnosis and the myocarditis that followed.
The excellent news is that following a number of months of inactivity for Rodriguez he was in a position to have a standard offseason and appears able to tackle a full workload for Boston in 2021. Contemplating Kjerstad has been named to the O’s spring coaching crew it could appear to be the same scenario for him.
Clearly, any form of abnormality with the guts needs to be handled with warning. It was irritating on the time when the Orioles wouldn’t go into element about Kjerstad’s absence final summer time, merely calling it a “non-sports medical concern.” In any case, he was simply chosen second general within the draft and figures to play an important position within the group’s rebuild. Followers are understandably desirous to see him play. Now that this information has come out it makes extra sense with the Orioles choice to maintain the whole lot underneath wraps as he recovered.
Orioles’ spring roster features 10 invitees, 22 camp reserves including Adley Rutschman; Heston Kjerstad recovering from myocarditis | The Baltimore Sun
There isn’t a lot stunning right here (apart from the Kjerstad information). We gained’t be seeing D.L. Corridor or Grayson Rodriguez for some time resulting from COVID restrictions and the delay of the minor league season. However Adley Rutschman will make his technique to Sarasota subsequent week together with another fascinating younger weapons.
O’s to allow limited fans at Spring Training | Orioles.com
Hopefully this might be high-quality. It seemingly might be so long as everybody adheres to the security protocols, however everyone knows that isn’t a given.
The rookies most likely to make each AL team out of spring training | The Athletic
Technically, Ryan Mountcastle counts as a rookie and he’s going to make the roster. So do Dean Kremer and Keegan Akin for that matter. The Orioles can have loads of kids on the squad.
Notes on deadening the ball, Camden Yards game times and more | Steve Melewski
There most likely had been just a few too many residence runs in Main League Baseball video games the final couple of years. Now the league is tweaking the balls to vary that. This could make for some blissful pitchers and annoyed hitters.
Is it your birthday? Pleased birthday!
Henry Urrutia turns 34 at present. The outfielder appeared in two seasons for the O’s (2013 & 2015), enjoying in 34 complete video games. He later spent a while within the Purple Sox system however has been out of affiliated ball since 2017.
Large right-handed pitcher Logan Ondrusek celebrates his thirty sixth birthday. The 6-foot-8 hurler made his manner into seven video games with the 2016 O’s following a five-season run with the Reds.
Former utility participant Howie Clark turns 47. Clark had two stints with the Orioles as a participant, first from when the workforce drafted him in 1992 by means of a short main league debut in 2002, after which once more for seven video games in 2006. He returned to the group after his enjoying profession ended, serving because the hitting coach for the Shorebirds in 2015 earlier than transferring as much as the large league bench as assistant hitting coach from 2017-19.
Pleased fiftieth to Todd Wiliams. The journeyman reliever wrapped up his profession with 4 seasons in Baltimore from 2004 by means of 2007. He gathered a 4.02 ERA over 177 complete appearances with the O’s.
Lastly, it’s the birthday of the late Jim Brideweser. The center infielder performed in 73 video games with the 1954 Orioles after which in 91 video games for the ‘57 membership.
At the present time in historical past
It seems that the Orioles haven’t had any main occasions happen on February thirteenth, according to Baseball Reference. So, here’s what has occurred exterior of Birdland.
1987 – Tigers pitcher Jack Morris is awarded the very best quantity ever by way of wage arbitration: $1.85 million.
1995 – Japanese star pitcher Hideo Nomo indicators a take care of the Los Angelese Dodgers, which features a $2 million bonus. He would go on to win NL Rookie of the Yr.
2008 – Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee testify for almost 5 hours earlier than the U.S. Home oversight committee. It does not go well for them.
2012 – Yoenis Cespedes indicators a four-year take care of the Oakland Athletics price $36 million following his defection from Cuba.