Look at me. Writing a blog entry without a dateline.
It feels ... weird.
The Orioles are scheduled to play an exhibition game against Triple-A Norfolk this afternoon, but the weather needs to cooperate. A rainout would be a major irritant to the Orioles, who lost four Grapefruit League games for weather-related reasons and don’t want to go consecutive days without working out.
They had an off day on Friday. They’re not looking for another one today.
They’re going to gather at Camden Yards on Sunday, where the final 25-man roster may finally come into focus. Some cuts could be made later today.
I’d like to speak with certainty while breaking down the last remaining cuts, but executive vice president Dan Duquette could make a late waiver claim and totally muck up the works. I get the sense that he’s checking on available relievers.
Evan Meek beat out Alfredo Aceves, who opted out of his deal and signed a minor league contract with the Yankees. I guess their Triple-A team was more appealing than the Orioles’ Triple-A team. Or maybe he misunderstood the terms of his contract with the Orioles. He’s quite a character.
I kid. He knew what he was doing. Not saying I completely understand it, but he knew.
The bullpen should be set. Meek, Tommy Hunter, Darren O’Day, Ryan Webb, Josh Stinson, Brian Matusz and Zach Britton. Looks like a solid unit to me.
We don’t know if Hunter can close. He hasn’t done it. But give him a shot.
The Orioles could make his life easier and prevent more gray hairs from sprouting on manager Buck Showalter’s head by providing fewer save opportunities in 2014. There’s no law against taking a four-run lead into the ninth inning.
As I wrote Friday morning, Duquette practically made the announcement on WBAL Radio during the Orioles’ final Grapefruit League game against the Rays. And I haven’t talked to a single person who thinks Schoop will begin the season in the International League.
Weeks continues to wait for official word.
“I feel like it’s in the team’s hands,” he said Thursday afternoon. “For me, I feel like the things that were asked of me as far as defensively and as far as coming in and showing the things that I can contribute to the team, as far as speed and getting on base, I’ve done as well as I could in spring.
“I feel like I’m starting to get more of a grasp of what’s going on and what I’m doing at the plate and everything right now, which is a good thing before the season. But yeah, ultimately it’s in their hands, it’s in the brass’ hands, and they’ll make a decision that’s best for the team.”
We know which way Weeks is leaning.
“I’d be crazy to think I wouldn’t want to be on the team, but at the end of the day, it’s in their hands,” he said. “I have to take it however it comes. But my desire is to be on the team.”
Either way, he’ll be in the organization. Weeks has minor league options and can be sent down.
Shameless plug alert: I’m appearing on “Wall to Wall Baseball” from noon to 2 p.m. on MASN. That is, if I can find the Hunt Valley studio. It’s been a while.