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Dariel Álvarez: Now a hitter and a pitcher

SARASOTA, Fla. - He’s been an outfielder since the Orioles signed the Cuban native to an $800,000 bonus on July 26, 2013. But this season, Dariel Álvarez will be a pitcher and designated hitter when he plays in games in the O’s minor leagues. Long-known for his big-time right arm, Álvarez clearly fell behind a host of others on the Orioles’ major league depth chart ... read more

Chris Lee on outing: “I need to be more efficient than that”

SARASOTA, Fla. - It was just a spring training game. It won’t count for much once the regular season starts. But for 24-year-old left-hander Chris Lee, tonight probably felt like a lot more. With the days left on the spring schedule dwindling, it was his latest chance to audition for the Orioles’ fifth starter job. Lee entered his fifth spring appearance and second start with ... read more

Welington Castillo returns to team, feels ready to start the season

SARASOTA, Fla. - New Orioles catcher Welington Castillo rejoined the team today from the World Baseball Classic. He pretty much has pronounced himself ready to start the season and said manager Buck Showalter agrees. Castillo caught many innings over six high-level games, giving him a much different experience than he’d get in a normal spring training. He said it left him feeling ready to go. ... read more

Mark Trumbo on spring struggles and getting WBC players back

SARASOTA, Fla. - If you are a veteran player and your spot in the lineup is secured, you are probably not too worried about having poor stats in spring training. That pretty much describes Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo. A year after batting .256/.316/.533 and career highs with 47 homers (which led the majors) and 108 RBIs, he has struggled during spring training. Trumbo described his ... read more

Dylan Bundy has dealt with injuries, but Bobby Bundy has been through more

SARASOTA, Fla. - If you think pitcher Dylan Bundy has been through a lot with elbow and shoulder issues over the years, his older brother, Orioles minor league pitcher Bobby Bundy, has been through more. Bobby Bundy has had not one, but two major right knee ACL surgeries. He had bone spurs removed from his right elbow twice and, like Dylan, he also had Tommy ... read more

Minor league notes on Branden Kline, Mike Yastrzemski and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have dealt with a series of injuries this year at major league camp. And, over at Twin Lakes Park, the O’s minor league staff is dealing with a few as well. Right-handed pitcher Branden Kline, who had Tommy John surgery on Oct. 8, 2015, needed a follow-up arthroscopic procedure last week. The Orioles’ second-round pick in 2012 out of the ... read more

Notes on Ryan Mountcastle, David Hess and more from minor league camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - A few notes from the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park. This is the home of the Orioles’ minor league camp, where today at 1 p.m. teams representing Single-A Frederick and Single-A Delmarva will play the Boston Red Sox. At the same, teams representing Triple-A Norfolk and Double-A Bowie are on the road playing Boston in Fort Myers. O’s minor ... read more

Q&A with new Orioles pitching coach Roger McDowell

SARASOTA, Fla. - When the Orioles hired Roger McDowell as pitching coach in November, they got a man with a strong resume in the position. McDowell, who replaces Dave Wallace, spent the last 11 seasons as the Atlanta Braves pitching coach. During that run, the Braves ranked fourth in the majors with a 3.88 ERA, including a 3.58 ERA from a bullpen that ranked second ... read more