Orioles set 25-man roster

The Orioles announced their opening day roster this afternoon and it doesn’t contain any surprises.

It’s the same math as reported a few days ago, with 14 position players and 11 pitchers, including eight relievers.

Oliver-Drake-white-sidebar.jpgOliver Drake (Navy) received the eighth bullpen spot. He’s out of options and may have to be placed on waivers after the Orioles activate left-hander Wade Miley from the disabled list on April 9 or need a fifth starter on April 15.

Miley, Chris Tillman and Rule 5 outfielder Anthony Santander were placed on the 10-day disabled list. Rule 5 outfielder Aneury Tavárez was returned to the Red Sox to come off the 40-man roster and create a spot for outfielder Craig Gentry.

The Orioles optioned pitchers Gabriel Ynoa and Jayson Aquino, both candidates for the fifth starter’s job, to Triple-A Norfolk.

Gentry was the last non-roster player in camp and he earned a trip north after batting .321/.429/.528 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, eight RBIs and seven stolen bases, and playing defense at an exceptional level.

Trey Mancini, learning to play the outfield, also made the team after batting .333/.339/.600 with seven doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs.

Tyler Wilson and left-hander Vidal Nuño serve as long relievers in the bullpen.

Also, outfielder-turned-pitcher Dariel Álvarez was transferred to low Single-A Delmarva and pitcher Jason GarcÍa was transferred from Norfolk to Double-A Bowie.

Here’s the 25-man roster:

Catchers: Welington Castillo, Caleb Joseph

Infielders: Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy, Jonathan Schoop, Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty

Outfielders: Adam Jones, Hyun Soo Kim, Seth Smith, Mark Trumbo, Joey Rickard, Trey Mancini, Craig Gentry

Starters: Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Ubaldo Jiménez

Relievers: Zach Britton, Darren O’Day, Brad Brach, Mychal Givens, Donnie Hart, Tyler Wilson, Vidal Nuño, Oliver Drake

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