While the start of spring training is still a few weeks away, some Orioles headed to Sarasota this week for mini-camp. Ed Smith Stadium housed pitchers, up-and-comers, players recovering from injuries and some newcomers this week.
Pitchers included Tommy Hunter (the strongest candidate for the O’s closer role), Hunter Harvey (the O’s first-round pick in 2013), Kevin Gausman, and Dylan Bundy. For the first time in a year, Bundy said that he was throwing without pain, and the right-hander has targeted a date for his return to competitive baseball.
Like Bundy, Nolan Reimold is recovering from injury, and on Thursday, the outfielder took live batting practice for the first time since July.
Players new to the Orioles organization also emerged in Florida this week. On the first day of mini-camp, the O’s inked Delmon Young to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. He worked out with the O’s along with veteran Jack Cust, who is aiming for a minor league deal.
In MLB news, all 30 clubs approved expanded replay, as announced yesterday. Various plays and situations are now able to be reviewed, including home runs, hit batters and, yes, fan interference.
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