SARASOTA, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter just buried reporters with news during batting practice. It won’t all fit into the headline on this blog entry.
Rule 5 pick Adrian Rosario cleared waivers and returned to the Brewers. Pat Egan cleared waivers and returned to the Orioles.
Egan worked 6 1/3 scoreless innings and recorded two saves this spring.
Justin Duchscherer is projected to make his debut on April 21, which requires a stop on the disabled list.
The Orioles will begin the season with a four-man rotation. Jeremy Guthrie has officially been named the opening night starter on April 1 at Tropicana Field. Brian Matusz will start the second game. Jake Arrieta is expected to start the April 4 home opener.
Showalter hasn’t named a No. 3 starter. The competition includes Brad Bergesen, Chris Tillman and Zach Britton.
The Orioles will need a fifth starter on April 10, and Showalter indicated that he could pull a pitcher out of the bullpen.
Other cuts today included Chris Jakubauskas, Mike Ballard, Alberto Castillo, Chris George and Michel Hernandez. You already knew about Josh Bell.
Two more cuts could be made later today.
Guthrie will start Sunday’s split-squad game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Tillman gets the Red Sox here in the other game.
Matusz pitches in a Triple-A game on Monday, while Britton starts here against the Tigers.
Get all that?