Good morning, Birdland!
The Orioles have 16 video games left on their Grapefruit League schedule, however they’ve already began to trim down their roster with eyes in the direction of Opening Day on April 1st.
In a rather predictable flurry of moves, Michael Baumann, Zac Lowther, Alex Wells, and Isaac Mattson had been all optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday. One other pitcher, Evan Phillips, was reassigned to Twin Lakes Park, the workforce’s minor league spring web site.
The O’s had made different cuts earlier within the week too, reassigning Brett Cumberland, Marcos Diplan, Mason McCoy, Zach Muckenhirn, and Josh Rogers to Twin Lakes.
There are actually 60 gamers in huge league camp. After all, that features some names, like Adley Rutschman, who will clearly be re-assigned in some unspecified time in the future.
It additionally features a few guys who’ve battled accidents and now face a race in opposition to time to be prepared for Opening Day:
- Chris Davis has two at-bats this spring and none since February 28. He is because of see a specialist for a again pressure, and it’s doable he’s headed for a stint on the 60-day IL.
- Hunter Harvey damage his indirect on Friday, and is predicted to overlook a few weeks.
- Richie Martin, who missed all of 2020 with a left wrist harm, is at present on the mend from a proper hamate harm. He’s anticipated to play in video games this coming week, nevertheless it doesn’t go away him a lot time to safe a roster spot.
- Rio Ruiz has been out for per week with an sickness. He’s nonetheless anticipated to be the workforce’s on a regular basis third baseman, however faces strain from Rylan Bannon, Ramon Urias, and the potential signing of Maikel Franco.
- DJ Stewart is sort of again from a hamstring harm. He would appear to be on the surface trying in of the battle for outfield taking part in time, however may actually see some AB’s as a DH choice to open the season.
The most important improvement right here is Davis’s harm. Regardless of poor play the previous few seasons, he was anticipated to have a spot on this roster. An prolonged absence offers Stewart probability to make the squad.
Past that, Harvey’s uncertainty leaves a gap in a bullpen that appeared pretty set. It’d permit somebody that appeared to be on the bubble (like Jorge Lopez, Wade LeBlanc, Bruce Zimmermann, or one of many Rule 5 picks) an opportunity to start out the yr in Baltimore.
Cubs Return Rule 5 Pick Gray Fenter To Orioles | MLB Trade Rumors
It was at all times going to be robust for Grey Fenter to stay on a serious league roster regardless of not but taking part in above A-ball. The Cubs will need to have seen sufficient on the backfields as a result of he actually didn’t get a lot of an opportunity in Cactus League video games, tossing one whole inning. Now Fenter may turn out to be a doable bullpen piece for the O’s down the highway.
What fans need to know about seeing a game at Camden Yards this season | The Baltimore Sun
Seems like if you’re hoping to have any shot at attending Opening Day, you’ll want to turn out to be a “Birdland Member” ASAP. Past that it appears like tickets are going to be at a premium for the large day. Plus, regular weekend video games may even be onerous to nab with solely 11,000 people permitted. Maybe that quantity rises because the season goes on and vaccinations turn out to be extra widespread.
Latest On Maikel Franco | MLB Trade Rumors
If MLB Community’s Jon Heyman is to be believed (I do know) then Maikel Franco is signing someplace this weekend. Three groups are mentioned to have an interest, the Mets, Braves, and sure, our Orioles. Mike Elias indicated final week that he didn’t anticipate any main information for the O’s, however that might have additionally simply been posturing.
Notes: Harvey’s oblique injury; camp cuts | Orioles.com
Hunter Harvey exited Friday’s recreation after only a single pitch, which appeared ominous. Seems he has a tweaked indirect. That’s not nice because it probably places Harvey on the shelf previous Opening Day, nevertheless it shouldn’t finish his season.
John Means sizes up strong outing | Steve Mewlewski
I’ll contemplate 2021 successful if the Orioles can get out of it feeling snug that John Means and others are reputable rotation items long run. Means had a sophomore stoop final summer time however nonetheless flashed good things. He’s going to should shoulder a variety of accountability on this employees.
Springtime Sadness (Ep. 59) | The Warehouse Podcast
Should you want one other Orioles podcast to hearken to, you possibly can take a look at this one I do with a pair friends.
Is it your birthday? Joyful birthday!
The one former Oriole celebrating a birthday with you is former skilled hitter Will Clark. His left-handed stroke spent elements of two seasons in Baltimore from 1999 to 2000 earlier than he was dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals in change for infielder Jose Leon.
Today in historical past
1995 – Leon Day, a legendary Negro Leagues pitcher, dies in Baltimore lower than per week after being elected into the Baseball Corridor of Fame. Day had grown up in Baltimore’s Mount Winans neighborhood and obtained his begin in skilled baseball with the Baltimore Black Sox.