SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will try to run their winning streak to two games today with another 1:05 p.m. intrasquad game against the Orioles at the Ed Smith Stadium complex.
Luis Ayala and Armando Galarraga are scheduled to start today, though manager Buck Showalter indicated a few days ago that Wei-Yin Chen could get one of the assignments. Either way, they’re all scheduled to throw.
So are Chris Tillman, Pat Neshek, Oliver Drake, Jon Link, Dylan Bundy and Steve Johnson.
Chen and Bundy figure to get most of the attention, since that’s been the case since we arrived here. But only one of them has a real shot to make the club, and yes, that’s Chen. He’d have to pitch horribly this spring to be denied a spot in the rotation.
A few minor league transactions:
The Orioles confirmed that they’ve signed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez and catcher Josh Johnson.
Gonzalez was 0-7 with a 5.40 ERA at three levels of the Red Sox’s system last year. He’s 18-22 with a 3.92 ERA in 143 minor league games.
Johnson was recommended by Chris Hoiles, who managed him with the independent York Revolution. He provides some depth after Dane Sardinha failed his physical and Ronny Paulino failed to report.