Wong, Teheran and Baker among Orioles camp cuts

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Orioles released second baseman Kolten Wong and pitcher Julio Teheran this morning after the pair opted out of their minor league contracts, moves that contributed to the narrowing of the camp roster to 33 players and simplified the remaining competitions.

Reliever Bryan Baker was optioned, and left-hander Andrew Suárez and catcher Maverick Handley were reassigned to minor league camp.

Removing Wong apparently leaves the final bench spot between Ryan McKenna and Tyler Nevin, barring a late outside addition. The Orioles are checking the waiver wire.

Infielder Nick Maton and catcher Michael Pérez also remain on the camp roster.

With Baker gone, the final bullpen spot comes down to Jacob Webb or Jonathan Heasley. Webb is out of options, while Heasley has one remaining.

Heasley is on the trip to Fort Myers for today’s game against the Twins. He allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning in his first spring appearance but surrendered only one in his last six outings over seven innings.

Webb has allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Suárez opted out but decided not to request his release. His locker has been empty for a few days.

Wong had his bag packed for Fort Myers but told reporters this morning that he hadn’t heard whether he made the club. The news came a short time later.

The desire for a left-handed-hitting second baseman apparently has dissipated. Top prospect Jackson Holliday was reassigned on Friday.

The roster will shrink to 30 players with Félix Bautista, Kyle Bradish and John Means on the injured list.

Let’s take another look at the remaining roster:


Keegan Akin
Félix Bautista
Mike Baumann
Kyle Bradish
Corbin Burnes
Yennier Cano
Danny Coulombe
Jonathan Heasley
Cole Irvin
Craig Kimbrel
Dean Kremer
John Means
Cionel Pérez
Grayson Rodriguez
Dillon Tate
Jacob Webb
Tyler Wells


James McCann
Michael Pérez
Adley Rutschman


Gunnar Henderson
Jorge Mateo
Nick Maton
Ryan Mountcastle
Tyler Nevin
Ryan O’Hearn
Ramón Urías
Jordan Westburg


Colton Cowser
Austin Hays
Ryan McKenna
Cedric Mullins
Anthony Santander

Hays is in today’s lineup after being hit last night on the right shoulder. He said this morning that it’s a little sore but he can play.

Cedric Mullins CF
Gunnar Henderson SS
Anthony Santander RF
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Ryan O’Hearn DH
Austin Hays LF
James McCann C
Ramón Urías 3B
Jordan Westburg 2B

Grayson Rodriguez RHP

Irvin also is pitching today.

Rutschman will replace McCann later in the game.

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