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Injury updates on Tillman, Britton, Ondrusek and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - More good injury news greeted the Orioles today upon their return from Clearwater. Chris Tillman is scheduled to throw off a flat mound for the first time Wednesday at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. It’s still considered a mound despite the lack of height to it. Don’t overthink it. Tillman had been shut down after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his

Wrapping up a 7-5 loss

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Does it count as a “welcome to the majors” moment when you’re facing a collection of minor league hitters in a spring training game? No matter what it’s called, Cody Sedlock fought to keep his head above water today while getting his feet wet. Last year’s first-round draft pick served up a three-run homer to Brock Stassi and a solo shot to

Wright critiques his start and spring (Orioles lose 7-5)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 7, Phillies 5 Recap: Mike Wright retired the Phillies in order in the first inning, but Tommy Joseph hit a two-run homer in the second after Johnny Giavotella was charged with an error. ... Chris Dickerson hit an opposite-field home run in the third inning. ... Giavotella had a game-tying RBI triple in the fifth and scored on an Anthony

Wright’s start and notes on Bundy and Tillman

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Mike Wright retired the first four Phillies this afternoon before Michael Saunders reached on second baseman Johnny Giavotella’s error - it should have been scored a hit - and Tommy Joseph homered to left field. Wright allowed two runs (one earned) and two hits in two innings. He threw 33 pitches, 26 for strikes. Chris Dickerson hit a solo home run with

Updating Britton, Flaherty, pitching schedule and more

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Closer Zach Britton is playing catch now as he continues his recovery from the soreness in his left side that forced the Orioles to shut him down. Manager Buck Showalter said he may give infielder Ryan Flaherty an extra day to recover from a sore shoulder and play him in one of the Thursday split-squad games. “Unless it’s a full-go, I’ll probably

Flaherty on shoulder, plus other morning notes

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Infielder Ryan Flaherty expects to play Wednesday against the Red Sox in Sarasota after staying back in camp today and receiving treatment on his right shoulder. Flaherty missed yesterday’s game and remains shut down due to shoulder soreness that he doesn’t consider serious. “I guess it’s been sore for about five or six days,” he said this morning. “I was kind of

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Dickerson is leading off and playing right field for the Orioles in today’s game against the Phillies in Clearwater. Caleb Joseph is catching and Robert Andino is playing shortstop. For the Orioles Chris Dickerson RF Johnny Giavotella 2B Anthony Santander DH Trey Mancini 1B Logan Schafer CF Chris Johnson 3B Aneury Tavárez LF Caleb Joseph C Robert Andino SS Mike Wright

Showalter on Bridwell and Scott

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are on the road again after two straight home games, making the long drive to Clearwater to play the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. Mike Wright is on the mound after working the first inning in the first intrasquad game and retiring all three batters he faced. He struck out Rule 5 pick Aneury Tavárez, retired Johnny Giavotella on a ground

Wrapping up a 4-1 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - Oliver Drake entered a tie game today in the top of the ninth inning and let the first three batters reach base, punctuated by Thairo Estrada’s three-run homer that gave the Yankees a 4-1 win. Manager Buck Showalter said infielder Paul Janish probably will make the trip to Clearwater for Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Infielder Ryan Flaherty will stay back due

Schoop punctuates last game before WBC with homer (O’s fall 4-1)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Yankees 4, Orioles 1 Recap: Ubaldo Jiménez allowed one run and three hits in two innings, and he threw 17 of 29 pitches for strikes. ... Jonathan Schoop, playing his last game before leaving for the WBC, led off the third with a long home run to left field. ... Vidal Nuño tossed two scoreless innings. Left-handers Donnie Hart and Tanner

Flaherty won’t play today due to sore arm (with Jiménez quotes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ryan Flaherty isn’t in the Orioles lineup this afternoon, with Chris Johnson getting the start at third base. The media was told before first pitch that the utility infielder is bothered by some arm soreness. Manager Buck Showalter will elaborate after today’s game against the Yankees. Showalter relayed word that Flaherty’s condition isn’t serious, but the former Rule 5 pick won’t play

Pregame notes on Tillman, Britton, WBC and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman is on track to begin pitchers fielding practice on Friday morning, exactly as the Orioles planned while setting up his spring schedule. Tillman has only been cleared to play catch after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right shoulder back in December. Zach Britton had no discomfort in his left side after playing catch yesterday. “He feels good. He’s

Janish on his return to Orioles (plus Yankees lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The locker is in the same spot. Only the number has changed. Paul Janish arrived too late to keep No. 15, which now belongs to infielder Robert Andino. But he’s back in Orioles camp and trying again to earn a utility spot. The Orioles appeared to move on from Janish, 34, after signing Andino to a minor league deal, creating a possible

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

SARASOTA, Fla. - Seth Smith is leading off today in the Orioles’ home game against the Yankees. Adam Jones is batting second again. Mark Trumbo is starting at first base. A reminder: Today’s game airs live on MASN at 1 p.m. For the Orioles Seth Smith RF Adam Jones CF Manny Machado SS Chris Davis DH Mark Trumbo 1B Hyun Soo Kim LF Jonathan Schoop

A leading question regarding the lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will play their second home spring training game this afternoon, with the Yankees making the trip from Tampa, and I have no idea which lineup will be posted. I can only assume that we’ll be warned not to read too much into it. That’s fine and all, but what about yesterday’s lineup? With the exception of Ryan Flaherty playing third

Wrapping up an 8-3 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter got his four World Baseball Classic position players in today’s lineup and they combined for six hits in an 8-3 win over the Pirates in the home opener at Ed Smith Stadium. Five of the hits went for extra bases. Adam Jones and Manny Machado launched solo home runs, and Jones, Jonathan Schoop and Welington Castillo doubled. Castillo

Wade Miley on today’s outing (O’s win 8-3)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 8, Pirates 3 Recap: Adam Jones hit the Orioles’ first Grapefruit League home run by launching the first pitch he saw from Jameson Taillon in the first inning. ... Manny Machado lined a home run to right field. ... Rule 5 pick Aneury Tavárez broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh with an RBI single and stole two bases. ...

Orioles release McFarland (plus game update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander T.J. McFarland has cleared outright and release waivers and is a free agent after the Orioles released him this afternoon. He can sign with any team. The Orioles would like to re-sign McFarland to a minor league deal and start him at Triple-A Norfolk. McFarland would have made $685,000 after avoiding arbitration. The Orioles designated him for assignment last Sunday after

Gunkel scratched from today’s exhibition game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Joe Gunkel won’t appear in today’s exhibition game against the Pirates due to an upper respiratory infection. He was supposed to follow left-hander Wade Miley. “He could probably pitch today, but he’s not feeling well,” said manager Buck Showalter. “He’s better than he was yesterday, but Roger (McDowell) and I decided just to be fair to him, let him get back to

Injury updates on Britton and Bourn

SARASOTA, Fla. - Zach Britton is nearing a return to the mound. The Orioles closer no longer is experiencing discomfort in his left side and will play catch this morning. He appears to have dodged a serious oblique injury “I feel pretty good,” he said. “I think it’s pretty much all the way gone. I think the plan is to play catch and then see

Orioles and Pirates lineups (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Welington Castillo is behind the plate today for the Orioles’ home exhibition opener against the Pirates. Castillo didn’t make yesterday’s trip to Bradenton due to neck spasms. Hyun Soo Kim is leading off and Adam Jones is batting second. Seth Smith is in right field and Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. Could this be the opening day lineup, minus shortstop J.J.

Reviewing yesterday’s news and notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - Will today bring a sense of calm to the Orioles’ camp? Can they go an entire day without an injury or a roster move or something that leaves the media scrambling while ignoring the game that’s unfolding in front of it? Just off the top of my head, we found out yesterday that Michael Bourn broke the ring finger on his right

Wrapping up a 6-2 loss

BRADENTON, Fla. - The Orioles will play their spring home opener on Sunday with a .500 record. The Pirates hit back-to-back home runs off Parker Bridwell in the bottom of the eighth inning and cruised to a 6-2 win at LECOM Park. The Orioles got a run back in the ninth on Robert Andino’s fielder’s choice grounder. The Pirates failed to turn a double play

Showalter on Bourn injury, Janish signing and more (O’s lose 6-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Pirates 6, Orioles 2 Recap: Gabriel Ynoa allowed a run on three hits in the first inning, with Andrew McCutchen lining a double into left-center field with two outs and scoring on Gregory Polanco’s single. ... Jason Garcia allowed two runs and four hits, walked one and hit a batter, in 1 2/3 innings. ... Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander had

Christian Walker claimed by Braves (O’s down 3-1)

BRADENTON, Fla. - The Orioles have lost outfielder/first baseman Christian Walker on a waiver claim to the Braves. Walker, 25, was designated for assignment on Tuesday to make room for left-hander Richard Bleier on the 40-man roster. The Orioles wanted to pass him through waivers and keep him in the organization. Walker, formerly a fourth-round pick out of the University of South Carolina, was named

Bourn could miss a month with broken finger

BRADENTON, Fla. - The injuries are piling up for the Orioles, with outfielder Michael Bourn the latest player housed in the training room. Bourn broke the ring finger on his right hand yesterday while trying to catch a football as part of his workout at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Manager Buck Showalter said Bourn could be out four weeks. Players often toss around a

Orioles sign Janish to minor league deal (updated with quote)

BRADENTON, Fla. - The Orioles aren’t done making roster moves in spring training or seeking ways to improve their infield depth. Veteran Paul Janish has signed a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training, returning him to the organization after it appeared that the Orioles have moved on from him. Janish, 34, has played in 14 games with the Orioles in each

Dariel Álvarez prefers pitching in as an outfielder

BRADENTON, Fla. - Dariel Álvarez is in Orioles camp again this spring as an outfielder and is showing no interest in making the transition to pitcher. Álvarez, 28, confirmed that the Orioles approached him with the idea, but he’s trying to make the club at his natural position. “At the moment, I’m a hitter,” he said through interpreter Ramon Alarcon. “That’s where my mindset is

Orioles and Pirates lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are sending only three of their players to Bradenton today who will be leaving camp for the World Baseball Classic. Welington Castillo isn’t in the lineup against the Pirates. Audry Pérez is the starting catcher. Manny Machado is playing shortstop and batting third against former Orioles farmhand Steven Brault. Adam Jones is batting cleanup and Jonathan Schoop his batting fifth.

Castillo’s education, Jiménez’s strikes and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will find out later today whether their regulars can maintain the high standard set yesterday by their backups, Rule 5 picks and non-roster invitees. The mismatch on paper didn’t play out in Lakeland, as the Orioles shut out the Tigers 2-0 in their exhibition opener. Hyun Soo Kim was the only projected starter in the lineup - at least against

Wrapping up a 2-0 win

LAKELAND, Fla. - The Orioles didn’t win their first exhibition game last spring until March 12 against the Twins. They had 10 losses and two ties. The Grapefruit League isn’t putting the same squeeze on them in 2017. Stefan Crichton struck out Mike Gerber to strand a runner on second base today in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Orioles won their opener

Wilson retires all six batters he faces in debut (O’s win 2-0)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 2, Tigers 0 Recap: Tyler Wilson retired all six batters he faced, striking out one and throwing 14 of 21 pitches for strikes. ... Johnny Giavotella singled in all three of his at-bats. ... Ryan Flaherty drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly in the second inning. Need to know: Jayson Aquino struck out two batters in two

Washington sidelined with shoulder injury (and more notes)

LAKELAND, Fla. - Today’s game isn’t scheduled to begin until 1:30 p.m. due to opening ceremonies at the newly refurbished Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. First baseman/outfielder David Washington is listed on the travel roster, but he’s day-to-day after jamming his right shoulder while diving back into first base on an attempted pickoff. He had a single and double in Tuesday’s intrasquad game. Washington

Early notes on Hardy, Santander, travel roster and Wieters

LAKELAND, Fla. - Shortstop J.J. Hardy said this morning that his back continues to feel much better and yesterday’s injection was done to “get over the hump.” Hardy doesn’t have a hump on his back and he isn’t ringing a bell later. You know the expression. While waiting to be cleared for baseball activities, Hardy continues to take a dose pack and perform core strength

Orioles and Tigers lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Hyun Soo Kim is riding the bus to Lakeland for the Orioles’ exhibition opener today against the Tigers. He counts as a regular. Kim is playing left field and batting third. Chris Dickerson is playing right field and leading off. Ryan Flaherty is the shortstop and Caleb Joseph is catching. For the Orioles Chris Dickerson RF Johnny Giavotella 2B Hyun Soo Kim

Because You Asked (spring training edition)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are ready to dip into their Grapefruit League schedule with today’s trip to Lakeland to play the Tigers. We’ve moved into a new phase of spring training. There are games and an actual opponent from outside the organization. The mailbag is filling up and the repetition is the same in the south. You ask it, I answer it, you ask

Opinions run in various directions regarding intentional walk

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles squeezed in a five-inning intrasquad game this morning before meetings occupied the rest of their day. Major League Baseball sent representatives to discuss rule changes with manager Buck Showalter and his staff. The team gathered in the clubhouse for the annual briefing from the players association, led by union chief Tony Clark, which prevented media access. Of all the rule

Showalter on injured players, intrasquad game and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy received a cortisone injection in his lower back earlier today, but it was scheduled all along and not done because of a setback in his recovery. Showalter remains encouraged by the progress being made by Hardy, Chris Tillman (shoulder) and Zach Britton (oblique). “Yeah, nothing negative there. They’re on good footing,” Showalter said following the Orange Team’s 3-1

Machado and Castillo homer in intrasquad game

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles decided to do some scoring in their second intrasquad game. Manny Machado hit a two-run homer off Vidal Nuño in the bottom of the third inning and Welington Castillo followed with a solo shot to lead the Orange Team to a 3-1 victory over the Black Team at Ed Smith Stadium. Nuño threw 15 of his 19 pitches for strikes,

Injury updates on Tillman, Britton and Ondrusek

SARASOTA, Fla. - A quick tour of the injury ward in the Orioles’ spring clubhouse this morning didn’t reveal any setbacks. The news was encouraging. Chris Tillman will play catch again today, extending the distance on his throws, to further test the condition of his right shoulder. “It feels good,” he said. “Another work day today. Catch, a lot of exercise, shoulder stuff.” Tillman was

Intrasquad lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - The sun is shining at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and the Orioles are prepared to play their second intrasquad game at 11:30 a.m. The lineups are out for starters Ubaldo Jiménez and Kevin Gausman. Orange Team Jonathan Schoop 2B Adam Jones CF Manny Machado SS Welington Castillo C Chris Davis 1B Mark Trumbo DH Hyun Soo Kim LF Seth Smith RF

Rickard ready for outfield competition

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles added two outfielders on minor league contracts within a span of three days, signing veterans Craig Gentry and Michael Bourn. Good defenders, good speed, capable of backing up at all three spots. Meanwhile, Joey Rickard shows up each morning and enthusiastically runs through every drill, tracking the ball in the outfield and in the cage without looking over his shoulder.

Pitching updates, Bourn’s arrival and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Wade Miley no longer will pitch in Thursday’s rescheduled intrasquad game. Miley has been named the starter for Sunday’s home exhibition opener against the Pirates. Ubaldo Jiménez and Kevin Gausman are starting in the intrasquad game, which has been reduced to five innings. The Orioles begin Grapefruit League play on Friday in Lakeland with Tyler Wilson opposing the Tigers’ Michael Fulmer.

Nuño and Bleier hoping to head north with Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pitchers Vidal Nuño and Richard Bleier and outfielder Michael Bourn reported to Orioles camp this morning, the three newest additions to a clubhouse that still has a few empty lockers. Let’s see what today brings besides rain and high winds. Two of those lockers belonged to left-hander T.J. McFarland and outfielder/first baseman Christian Walker, who have been designated for assignment and could

Britton on soreness: “I don’t think it’s anything serious”

SARASOTA, Fla. - The rain arrived early this morning in Sarasota and caused the Orioles to postpone their intrasquad game until Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Work must be done indoors today unless it involves the backstroke. Closer Zach Britton isn’t scheduled to throw after informing the club yesterday that he’s feeling some soreness on his left side. Britton didn’t sound worried this morning while providing

Jiménez putting thoughts of free agency on hold

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ubaldo Jiménez is back in his contract year, free agency looming like storm clouds over one of the practice fields. Will a team make it rain? The Orioles were mighty generous on Feb. 19, 2014, giving Jiménez $50 million over four years in the largest deal handed out to a free agent pitcher outside the organization. The return hasn’t been acceptable, to

Britton scratched from intrasquad game (plus other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Closer Zach Britton has been scratched from Wednesday’s intrasquad game with symptoms of a possible left oblique injury, according to manager Buck Showalter. Showalter said the move is being made for precautionary reasons and suggested that Britton could pitch if the Orioles had started the regular season. They’re not taking any chances with him in February. Britton was supposed to pitch in

Orioles interrupt intrasquad by trading for Bleier (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Christian Walker was listed as the first baseman and cleanup hitter for the visiting team in today’s intrasquad game, but he never took the field. David Washington replaced him in the bottom of the first inning and lined a single into center field off Logan Verrett leading off the top of the second. There was a good reason for Walker’s removal from

Intrasquad lineups and Wieters news

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have posted their first lineup for 2017. It’s an intrasquad game, but let’s not quibble. Don’t read too much into it. Jonathan Schoop probably isn’t going to bat leadoff on opening day. But he needs the at-bats this spring before leaving Feb. 28 for the World Baseball Classic. Home Team Jonathan Schoop 2B Adam Jones CF Manny Machado SS Hyun

Hardy says his back is “feeling much better”

SARASOTA, Fla. - The schedule and expectations for shortstop J.J. Hardy haven’t changed over the past few days. His back hasn’t put up any roadblocks. Hardy remains confident that he can start playing in exhibition games on March 10, the target date set after he underwent three tests to determine the cause of his spasms and eliminate the most serious possibilities. “I’d say everything’s kind

Joseph offers scouting report on Liranzo

SARASOTA, Fla. - Caleb Joseph raised his mitt during a recent bullpen session, awaiting the pitch from 21-year-old Jesús Liranzo, never expecting it to arrive so quickly. The ball almost startled Joseph, who was catching Liranzo for the first time. It definitely impressed him. “I’m not going to say his windup lulls you to sleep. I don’t want to say that. But it’s not a

Orioles sign Bourn to minor league deal (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is on a roster roll. The Orioles have re-signed outfielder Michael Bourn to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. He can earn $2 million if he returns to the majors. Bourn appeared in 24 games with the Orioles last season and batted .283/.358/.435 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 46

Notes on Nuño, Ondrusek, Davis, Andino and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Vidal Nuño will participate in his first workout on Wednesday before leaving March 5 for the World Baseball Classic. He’s pitching for Team Mexico. Manager Buck Showalter said Nuño has been working out for a few days and conditioning won’t be an issue. “He’s going to be in pitching shape when he gets back,” Showalter said. “I think he’s OK. Get

Quick hits from today’s workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Vidal Nuño, the newest Oriole in camp, isn’t working out today and probably won’t report until midweek. The roster remains at 54 players with Nuno’s addition and T.J. McFarland being designated for assignment. Robert Andino returned to camp after leaving yesterday to attend to a family matter. He worked out at third base, shortstop and second base in an attempt to

Washington wants to bring more power to Orioles lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. -The clubhouse won’t open to the media this morning because it’s Photo Day. Players will be inside Ed Smith Stadium with smiles plastered on their faces. It’s quite a scene. Vidal Nuño hasn’t met the media after the Orioles acquired him from the Dodgers yesterday for minor league pitcher Ryan Moseley. Nuño has a 5-20 career record, but let’s not judge him by

Orioles acquire Vidal Nuño from Dodgers

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter mentioned today that his club had 54 players in major league camp, the lowest total in baseball. Left-hander Vidal Nuño temporarily made it 55. The Orioles have acquired Nuño from the Dodgers for minor league pitcher Ryan Moseley. They had been awaiting the approval of ownership. Left-hander T.J. McFarland was designated for assignment to create room on the

Ondrusek sidelined with ankle injury (plus more notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reliever Logan Ondrusek may not pitch in Wednesday’s intrasquad game after rolling his right ankle yesterday during a drill. He’s been walking with a limp and continues to receive treatment. Ondrusek was supposed to be on the same team as starter Wade Miley, Dylan Bundy, Zach Britton, Mychal Givens and Jed Bradley. Ondrusek, 32, said the injury occurred as he tried to

Ynoa trying to seize opportunity with Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - Gabriel Ynoa knows that he has a chance to impact the Orioles this season. It just depends what he does with it. The Orioles made an attempt to improve their pitching depth on Feb. 10 by acquiring Ynoa from the Mets for cash considerations. They designated catcher Francisco Pena for assignment and he cleared waivers. Ynoa, 23, has thrown a couple of

McFarland moving on from disappointing 2016 season

SARASOTA, Fla. - T.J. McFarland didn’t know whether the Orioles would tender him a contract over the winter. Whether he still was regarded as a fit for their bullpen. Whether a lost season made him disappear from their plans. The first question no longer is in play. The Orioles reached agreement on a deal that pays McFarland $685,000 for the upcoming season. Manager Buck Showalter

Good news on Hardy and getting to know Gentry

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles made it through today’s workout before a storm hit the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Perhaps the black cloud has lifted from shortstop J.J. Hardy, who found out that the tests on his back - an MRI, CT scan and bone scan - came back clean. Manager Buck Showalter is projecting that Hardy could begin playing on March 10. “The thing

Orioles sign Gentry, Machado meets with the media

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have signed outfielder Craig Gentry to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, giving them a defensive upgrade if he makes the club. Gentry is a career .261/.335/.333 hitter in eight major league seasons, but he appeared in only 26 games with the Athletics in 2015 and 14 with the Angels last season due to injury. The

Jones on playing center field, his opinions and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Adam Jones doesn’t care if people want to criticize him for playing too shallow in center field. He’s going to be himself, he says, and that includes making a joke about it. Jones ran out to the warning track on the Camden Yards replica field yesterday to start shagging fly balls, leaving the rest of the outfielders a substantial distance in front

Showalter on Hardy: “Nothing’s in jeopardy”

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles held their first full-squad workout today and received more attention for the one player who wasn’t on the field. Shortstop J.J. Hardy’s absence, at first believed to be caused by an illness, was due to lower back spasms that he said began on Jan. 27. He’s undergone an MRI and CT scan and has a bone scan pending. “The first

Hardy provides update on back spasms

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy spent about 3 1/2 minutes at this locker updating the media on the condition of his lower back. He hasn’t done any baseball activities since the spasms started. “Backs spasms,” he said. “Had them for a couple weeks now. We’re running a bunch of tests to make sure we can rule everything out. I’ve done an MRI, I’ve

Hardy undergoing CT scan on lower back (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Shortstop J.J. Hardy remained absent from the Orioles’ workouts today as the full squad gathered on the back fields. He also wasn’t in camp. Hardy left the complex to receive a CT scan on his sore lower back. He had an MRI yesterday and the Orioles wanted to follow up with further testing. Hardy was in street clothes this morning while teammates

Brach wins arbitration hearing

SARASOTA, Fla. - As the Orioles went through their early stretching exercises this morning prior to the first full-squad workout, manager Buck Showalter walked through a line of players on one of the back fields and yelled, “Brach won!” Teammates applauded reliever Brad Brach, the volume a little louder than the standard golf clap. One player demanded that Brach pay for dinner tonight. The price

Davis on his health, Smith on his new team

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis continues to swing a bat without pain in his left thumb, one of the most positive developments in the first week of camp. He’s no longer hindered by an injury that required constant treatments last season and forced him to make adjustments at the plate that didn’t bring the desired results. “I think the biggest thing was

Brach back from arbitration hearing and ready to resume routine

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles reliever Brad Brach should find out early this afternoon whether he won or lost his arbitration hearing. He only knows now that there is no animosity and both sides are ready to move on from the process. Brach returned to Sarasota yesterday around 3:30 p.m. and did some throwing to work up a sweat. Back to business as usual. “It’s kind

Can Bradley avoid being left out?

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will begin their first full-squad workout this morning still unsure where they’re going to find another left-hander for their bullpen. They’ve got Zach Britton to close, and each day this week has brought another reporter into camp to set up at his locker. (See what I did there?) They’ve got rookie Donnie Hart to match up against left-handed hitters. And

Showalter on team “getting back together”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter monitored the rundown drills on every back field this morning, offering instruction and making sure they were done properly before moving to the next location. He also watched batting practice on the Camden Yards replica field, chatting with Chris Davis as the slugger waited his next turn in the cage. Showalter seemed to be at his happiest after

Notes on Brach and today’s workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reliever Brad Brach had his arbitration hearing this morning in St. Petersburg, Fla., with no agreement reached before entering the room. The result is expected on Friday. Manager Buck Showalter said there are only three position players that he hasn’t seen today, but he’s been told they’re in town. The Orioles team introductory meeting will take place tonight, allowing Showalter to take

Schoop on WBC, Peña on return, Johnson on being an Oriole

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Trumbo, Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop reported to camp this morning, the biggest names among position players to enter the facility during the media’s hour-long clubhouse access. Schoop will leave camp on Feb. 28 to join Team Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. “The thing I’m concerned with is going to Korea. It’s far to go over there. I think I’m

Leftovers for breakfast

SARASOTA, Fla. - Position players are due in camp today, with the first full-squad workout held on Friday. Many of them already have reported to the Ed Smith Stadium complex, but we’re still waiting on Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Mark Trumbo and new right fielder Seth Smith. Jones’ truck arrived earlier this week. The Orioles still have 52 players listed on their camp

Francisco Peña clears waivers and outrighted (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Francisco Peña has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, according to an industry source. He’s expected to be in camp on Thursday. The Orioles designated Peña for assignment last week after acquiring pitcher Gabriel Ynoa from the Mets for cash considerations. Catching depth was becoming an issue with Welington Castillo leaving camp on March 5 for the World Baseball

Notes, quotes and video from today’s workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - Twelve pitchers threw bullpen sessions today before the Orioles concluded today’s workout. Wade Miley, Ubaldo Jiménez and Darren O’Day were in Group 1, followed by Zach Britton, Brad Brach and Logan Ondrusek in Group 2, T.J. McFarland, Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy in Group 3 and Chris Lee, Jesús Liranzo and Jed Bradley in Group 4. Welington Castillo caught O’Day and Britton.

Tillman on shoulder: “It’s feeling strong, it’s feeling better”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman said he’s going to play catch again today for the fourth or fifth time since receiving his platelet-rich plasma injection. The shoulder feels “much, much better,” but he’s not going to rush the process. He won’t jeopardize his season in order to maintain his streak of opening day starts. Tillman said he had the injection on Dec. 20 or 22

Notes on catching need and Miley’s momentum

SARASOTA, Fla. - The glorious weather wasn’t destined to last through spring training, and rain has entered the forecast to threaten this morning’s workout at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Pitchers and catchers are on a tighter schedule due to the seventh annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic that benefits the Miracle League of Manasota. A shotgun start is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Orioles should

Orioles sign Juan Francisco to minor league deal

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are on a roll with signing players to minor league deals. The camp roster has room and they’re intent on filling it. Infield depth remains a priority and the Orioles addressed it again tonight by signing Juan Francisco to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training, according to multiple sources. Francisco, 29, hasn’t played in the

Showalter says Tillman “probably won’t be an option” for opener

SARASOTA, Fla. - What was considered a mere formality has become an open competition. Chris Tillman figured to make his fourth consecutive opening day start for the Orioles, the only drama being how long it would take to get confirmation. However, a platelet-rich plasma injection in Tillman’s right shoulder has pushed him back three weeks and made him a prime candidate for the disabled list.

Tillman may start season on disabled list

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman isn’t expected to be the Orioles’ opening day starter on April 3 at Camden Yards after undergoing a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right shoulder in December. Tillman contacted head athletic trainer Richie Bancells two months ago to express his concerns over how the shoulder was responding to a throwing program. It’s the same shoulder that forced him on the

Bullpen sessions highlight first day of workouts

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles completed their first workout for pitchers and catchers. The usual fielding drills, including one on the Camden Yards replica field where players shift to each infield position during bunts. This is how manager Buck Showalter ensures that they know where each teammate will be in game situations. New catcher Welington Castillo caught Mychal Givens’ bullpen session as part of Group

Castillo leaning on Joseph to learn new pitching staff

SARASOTA, Fla. - Players are trickling into the clubhouse this morning and undergoing the standard physicals, with signs pointing them to each station. Catcher Welington Castillo will have to delay the bonding process with his pitching staff until getting medical clearance. Castillo will leave camp on March 5 to join the Dominican Republic team in the World Baseball Classic. It’s not an ideal arrangement, with

Leftovers for breakfast

SARASOTA, Fla. - While the Orioles remain focused on finding another outfielder who is more glove than bat, they also want to take an extended look at Rule 5 picks Auneury Tavárez and Anthony Santander. The at-bats and reps will be plentiful, assuming that Santander is recovered from his shoulder surgery. Tavárez is assured of staying busy. “We’d like to add to the depth of

Duquette and Showalter discuss Jones’ positioning in field

SARASOTA, Fla. - The only real piece of news to come out of the first day of spring training involved the signing of infielder Chris Johnson to a minor league contract. Nothing that’s going to rock the baseball world, but an interesting depth move that also brings together father and son. Meanwhile, the hot topic of the day centered on the center fielder and he

Notes on the WBC, catchers, Givens and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Hyun Soo Kim also is an early arrival at spring training. He’s been working out at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and the media saw him walk down the hallway this morning toward the weight room. How’s that for confirmation? The Orioles added infielder Chris Johnson today on a minor league deal and they’re expected to sign a few more players

Early notes from the first day of spring training

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles reliever Brad Brach said he still expects to go to his arbitration hearing on Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla. He isn’t aware of any negotiations to strike a deal. Talks could resume, of course. The Orioles made a late effort to reach agreement with Caleb Joseph before winning their case, and they signed Kevin Gausman prior to his hearing. Brach is

Orioles sign Chris Johnson

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles made another move to improve their infield depth, signing Chris Johnson to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The announcement came this morning. Johnson, 32, is the son of Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson. The Tides infield is taking shape with Johnson likely to start at third base, Robert Andino at shortstop and Johnny Giavotella at

Mancini among the early arrivals at spring training

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’ve reached the official day that Orioles pitchers and catchers are supposed to report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex. However, it’s more of a formality. Lots of guys already have shown up, and that includes position players who aren’t due until later in the week. Trey Mancini arrived on Thursday and began his workouts the following day, unsure whether he’s going

Plenty to ponder as pitchers and catchers set to report

SARASOTA, Fla. - One day remains before pitchers and catchers are due to report to spring training at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. One day and a healthy assortment of storylines and curiosities. The Orioles’ roster is mostly set, but it’s always subject to change while executive vice president Dan Duquette lets the market play out. We’re usually good for at least one press conference

More Ynoa and Mancini on possibility of playing outfield

With the Orioles completing another cash transaction with the Mets yesterday, acquiring young right-hander Gabriel Ynoa, is it safe to assume that executive vice president Dan Duquette is focused only on finding another outfielder? Don’t get too comfortable with that notion. Duquette could add a veteran starter - the preference is still on a minor league deal, though it’s not the only avenue - and

Orioles acquire Ynoa from Mets

The Orioles made a move today to improve their pitching depth while also eliminating a catcher from the 40-man roster. Depth added and subtracted. Executive vice president Dan Duquette acquired 23-year-old right-hander Gabriel Ynoa from the Mets for cash considerations. Catcher Francisco Pena was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Ynoa (pronounced ya-know-ah) is 59-30 with a 3.36 ERA and

MASN to air seven Orioles spring training games

If you’re unable to attend the Orioles’ exhibition games in person, their network will bring you closer to seven of them. Food and beverages not included. MASN is airing seven spring training games from Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. The coverage begins with the Feb. 27 game against the Yankees. Your job keeping you from setting up in front of a television? Not to worry.

Machado on playing shortstop in the WBC and more

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado said last night that he expects to slide over to shortstop for the World Baseball Classic. One look at the Dominican Republic’s roster and it’s easy to understand why. Adrian Beltre figures to handle the hot corner. Other infielders include Machado, Robinson Cano, Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes. Which player would you put at shortstop? Seems like a no-brainer to

Orioles release 2017 promotional schedule and ticket information

If you like stuff, the Orioles have lots of it to pass along to fans this season at Camden Yards. The club announced its promotional giveaways, and the list of new items includes Zach Britton and Jonathan Schoop bobbleheads, a Manny Machado Starting Lineup figure, a home plate welcome mat and a replica Camden Yards to celebrate the ballpark’s 25th anniversary. Where has the time

Inviting more discussion about camp roster

With the 40-man roster full and the 12 camp invitees revealed, it’s time to uphold our little tradition here and pick a spring training dark horse. You reserve the right to change your mind if someone is added to the roster who emerges as a more desirable candidate. But in the meantime ... The dark horse must be a pitcher or position player who unexpectedly

Jones, Machado, Schoop, Castillo and Givens confirmed for WBC

The Orioles are losing five players in spring training to the World Baseball Classic, including new catcher Welington Castillo, who will need a crash course in getting acclimated to the pitching staff in camp. Center fielder Adam Jones and reliever Mychal Givens will play for Team USA, Castillo and third baseman Manny Machado will play for the Dominican Republic and second baseman Jonathan Schoop will

Closing book on Carter, updating Wieters, camp battles and more

I was asked again yesterday morning about the possibility of the Orioles signing free agent slugger Chris Carter to serve as the designated hitter. Well, the club’s reported interest earlier in the winter was exaggerated and I never got the sense that it picked up before he reached an agreement with the Yankees on a one-year, $3.5 million deal. I guess 41 home runs don’t

Orioles invite 12 players to spring training

The Orioles have revealed their list of non-roster invitees to spring training, and it includes two new middle infielders and a catcher who wasn’t in the original group. Johnny Giavotella and Robert Andino will report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, as previously reported. They’ll be joined by catcher Yermin Mercedes, who replaces the injured Austin Wynns. Wynns is recovering from an ankle

More on Andino signing, arbitration negotiations, remaining business

While the Orioles continue their search for another outfielder and still intend to upgrade their pitching depth, they’ve addressed the need for infield depth by signing Johnny Giavotella and Robert Andino to minor league deals. Both players figure to begin the 2017 season at Triple-A Norfolk unless an injury creates a spot on the 25-man roster, but competition always is a good thing. “They bring

Orioles bring back Andino on minor league deal

The need for improved infield depth has led the Orioles back to Robert Andino. Remember him? The Orioles have confirmed the signings of Andino and Johnny Giavotella to minor league deals. The Giavotella signing was reported last week. Both players will receive invitations to spring training. Andino appeared in 360 games with the Orioles between 2009-2012, batting .239/.302/.326 with 46 doubles, 16 home runs and

Leftovers for breakfast

The question of who leads off for the Orioles this season has gone unanswered. It’s likely someone already on the team, since the only potential opening among position players involves another spare outfielder with a solid defensive reputation. There’s no prototypical solution to the problem. Adam Jones led off in 108 games last season beginning May 27 and has volunteered to stay atop the order.

Orioles reach agreement with Gausman

The Orioles are down to one unsigned arbitration-eligible player after agreeing to terms with pitcher Kevin Gausman less than a week before going to a hearing. The file-and-trial method comes with exceptions. Gausman will make $3.45 million this season, according to sources, with incentives possible based on the number of starts. He was seeking $3.55 million and the Orioles countered at $3.15 million, so he

Drake started from the bottom and hopes to make headlines

The Orioles roster on opening day won’t resemble the one that’s utilized later in the month of April. The three open dates on the schedule in the first eight days enable them to carry fewer pitchers and an expanded bench. Don’t get too attached to every player who runs down the orange carpet. Manager Buck Showalter suggested that the Orioles could carry 10 or 11

Adam Jones: “The market is really, really crazy”

Adam Jones won’t reach free agency, barring an extension on his contract, until the conclusion of the 2018 season. It doesn’t tap him on the shoulder, but he can feel its presence. Jones has stated that whether he stays in Baltimore depends on the front office, that he’s not calling all the shots. What he’s doing now is watching how the market unfolds and wondering

Orioles could add another catcher

The Orioles are in the market for another catcher as spring training approaches. Austin Wynns injured his ankle while playing for Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League and it’s not known when he’ll be available. He’s on the list of spring invites, along with top prospect Chance Sisco and Audry Perez. One official speculated that Wynns might not be ready until March, but

Joseph loses arbitration case (and signs one-year deal)

One arbitration hearing is in the books for the Orioles, with catcher Caleb Joseph coming out on the losing end in St. Petersburg, Fla. The ruling was handed down today. Joseph will be paid $700,000 instead of the $1 million that he sought. He made $523,500 in 2016. In 49 games last season, Joseph batted .174/.216/.197 with three doubles and no RBIs. He missed a

Who’s up first?

The Orioles will find out today whether they’re paying catcher Caleb Joseph $1 million or $700,000. His hearing was held yesterday in St. Petersburg, Fla. It’s going to take a lot longer to figure out who’s batting leadoff this season. Adam Jones did it for 108 games last season, the switch coming on May 27 in Cleveland. He batted .282/.320/.471 atop the order, but manager

Orioles sign Giavotella to minor league deal

Manager Buck Showalter wants more infield depth in the minors, especially in the middle, and the Orioles made a move today to address the need. The Orioles signed second baseman Johnny Giavotella to a minor league deal after the Angels outrighted him in August and non-tendered him three months later. He could compete with Ryan Flaherty for a utility job, but is more likely injury

Arbitration hearing dates and Davis leftovers

Catcher Caleb Joseph’s arbitration hearing will be held today in St. Petersburg, Fla. He’s seeking $1 million and the Orioles countered at $700,000. He made $523,500 last season. Pitcher Kevin Gausman’s hearing is set for Feb. 7 and reliever Brad Brach’s hearing is Feb. 16. You’ve probably memorized the figures, or at least have them hanging on your fridge. Gausman made $532,000 last season and

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