What’s happening? –Thomas Eshelman will start the Grapefruit League opener for the Orioles against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.
Manager Brandon Hyde said that Matt Harvey and Félix Hernández will pitch next week. They’ll throw batting practice in the next few days.
“They’re on track to have a full spring,” Hyde said.
Yolmer Sánchez, who was claimed on waivers by the Orioles from the Chicago White Sox and is likely to start at second base on Opening Day, doesn’t view his new team as one that is rebuilding.
“For the players, you don’t think in that way,” Sánchez said. “You don’t think, ‘we’re a rebuilding team.’ As a player you go out every day and do your best and try to win every game … you don’t think, ‘we’re a rebuilding team, maybe we’re going to lose today.’”
With the White Sox, Sánchez played for Rick Renteria, who called him one of his favorite players. Hyde coached for Renteria with the Cubs in 2014.
“That says a lot coming from Rick, how much respect I have for him, and how long he’s been in the game,” Hyde said. “I can see why. Yolmer’s high energy on the field, and he’s funny. He’s going to make the routine play. He’s always going to be engaged defensively. He’s a great guy to be around, and he’s fun. I can see why Ricky said that about him.”
What’s happened?— Hyde said that following the Covid-19 protocols in 2021 should be easier since the Orioles followed the rules in 2020.
“Last summer was a trail run for this spring training,” he said. “It’s pretty much the same protocols. We’re staying apart. We’re wearing masks on the field.
“We’re wearing masks inside. We’ve had to change our daily schedule and not have too many people at one time. We can’t meet in the clubhouse, all the things that we were doing last summer have carried over to this spring. It’s nothing new, what we’re doing right now because we did do it before. That being said, it doesn’t make it easy, or that we’re enjoying it. We’re looking forward to the day when it is back to normal.”
Hyde said that Rule 5 pitchers Mac Sceroler and Tyler Wells threw well in live batting practice.
“I think there’s going to be some tough decisions down the stretch, and that’s what we’re looking for,” Hyde said.
The Orioles are likely to play some ‘B’ and intrasquad games in the mornings next week.
Former Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph has signed a split major league/minor league contract with the New York Mets.
What’s up with? Ashton Goudeau was claimed on waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the 6-foot-6 right-hander is being considered as a starter, Hyde said.
Goudeau, 28, pitched four games in relief for the Colorado Rockies in 2020. In 2019, he was a starter for Double-A Hartford.
“We’re going to stretch him out,” Hyde stated. “We’re going to take an extended have a look at him. He threw two innings … stay BP [Thursday], begin of a development to get him extra innings to elongate him out just a little bit. We’re going to check out him as a starter. We like his arm. We like his measurement. He threw rather well immediately. He’s going to be a part of getting bulk innings right here in camp.”
What’s what? Sánchez is from Venezuela and is anxious about its political state of affairs.
“You don’t need to see your nation in a foul state of affairs,” he stated. “I’ve my complete household over there, my brothers and my dad and my mother. I’ve a few cousins who left the nation, however just about my complete household is in Venezuela.
“Typically, you don’t strive to consider it, however your loved ones … you’re at all times going to attempt to assist them. Typically, it’s onerous.”
What’s the phrase? “Participant-to-player teaching typically is the very best of any as a result of it will possibly actually hit dwelling when one among your friends is providing you with ideas or simply speaking by way of conditions.”-Hyde on infielders Freddy Galvis and Yolmer Sánchez making ideas to their teammates.
What’s the quantity? 10. Sánchez was tied for the American League lead with 10 triples in 2018. Sánchez additionally had 34 doubles and 55 RBIs.
“I can do higher than that,” Sánchez stated.
Mike Devereaux holds the Orioles’ report for many triples in a season with 11 in 1992.