Notes on Susac, catching options and split-squad starters (update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles catcher Andrew Susac could miss at least three or four days with “a possible staph infection,” according to manager Buck Showalter, who met with the media following the fifth workout of spring training. Susac’s condition worsened overnight and he wasn’t on the field this morning, the latest health issue to strike the former Giants and Brewers catcher. “Something we’re concerned about,” ... read more

Susac missing from today’s workout due to health issue

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles held an abbreviated workout this morning with no bullpen sessions on the agenda. Manager Buck Showalter ran various fielding drills, including bunt coverage. However, catcher Andrew Susac wasn’t a participant due to an undisclosed physical issue. Showalter will meet with the media at 12:30 p.m. and provide an update on Susac, who came to the Orioles in a Feb. 2 ... read more

Adam Jones: “It’s not about money. It’s winning”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Adam Jones sat at his locker this morning wrapping tape around his fingers as sweat ran down his forehead. Players weren’t due on the field to stretch for another hour. He was in full work mode in preparation for his 11th and perhaps final season with the Orioles. Jones stated again that the club hasn’t reached out to his agent regarding a ... read more

Beckham working hard at his new position

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tim Beckham took his cuts in the batting cage yesterday afternoon beneath another gorgeous blue sky and headed to the Camden Yards replica field. He walked with Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop, the trio shadowed by third base coach Bobby Dickerson. Dickerson, who also serves as infield instructor, kept hitting grounders to Beckham at third and Machado at shortstop. It ranks as ... read more

Wrapping up the fourth day of workouts

SARASOTA, Fla. - Infielder Rubén Tejada has reported to camp, leaving only a few position players marked absent. Everyone is required to be at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Sunday, with the first full-squad workout held the following day. Manager Buck Showalter said he hasn’t seen outfielder Cedric Mullins and infielders Garabez Rosa and Éngelb Vielma, the latter experiencing a visa issue in Venezuela. ... read more

Schoop vows to atone for missing FanFest

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop said he regrets skipping the annual FanFest event last month at the Baltimore Convention Center and vows to make amends. “Yeah, of course, for the fans,” he said upon reporting to camp this morning. “That’s why I’m going to sign for them. Every fan, I’m going to sign for them and give them something back. I’m glad ... read more

Machado on staying an Oriole and moving to shortstop

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manny Machado’s equipment bag from the World Baseball Classic arrived at his locker this morning a few minutes before the three-time All-Star, who walked into the clubhouse with a big smile on his face, approached every teammate, and offered a handshake and a hug. One at a time. Every player he could find. Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop have reported to ... read more

Orioles remain in the hunt for another starting pitcher

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles aren’t done with the construction of their rotation. There’s scaffolding in place with two openings behind Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy and Andrew Cashner - in no particular order. Hard hats are recommended again with names dropping off the board. The preference remains to add a left-hander, though Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes Jr. could break camp with the team as ... read more