Taking an Orioles quiz during the shutdown

With no baseball to be played or watched on a Sunday, what better substitute than a pop quiz on the Orioles? Oh, please, no need to thank me. This is the coronavirus edition. Extra credit awarded for expanding on “none of the above” by making a prediction. The Orioles’ fifth starter will be: A. Tommy Milone B. Kohl Stewart C. A player who wasn’t in ... read more

Hyde on Stewart and impact of shutdown on development

The Orioles were supposed to be playing split-squad games tonight against the Twins and Red Sox. The latter would have provided the final division opponent before opening day and the last road trip in the Grapefruit League. I never made it to Fort Myers this spring and that’s got to be a first for me. And I’ve been covering spring training since 1997 in Fort ... read more

“We’re in a holding pattern that we’ve never been in before”

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said he keeps waking up with the mindset that he has “47 things to do” as part of his day. Then reality sets in, a new normal that he can’t escape. There is no baseball for a man who’s never home on this date. He’s supposed to be deciding on the final roster cuts before opening day. Setting his rotation, bullpen ... read more

Notes on LeBlanc opt-out date, minor league compensation and more

The Orioles trimmed their camp roster to 50 players yesterday afternoon and reached an important date involving left-hander Wade LeBlanc. Well, it seemed to carry a lot more significance prior to the opening of camp and baseball’s complete shutdown. LeBlanc’s minor league deal, agreed upon in late January, included a March 19 opt-out clause. He could request his release and the Orioles would have 48 ... read more

Elias on roster moves, draft, Mancini and more

The Orioles haven’t emptied their spring training complex in Sarasota, but the number of players are dwindling. Executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias indicated this afternoon in a conference call that most of the Orioles returned home due to the coronavirus pandemic. They also were given the choice of going to Baltimore for informal workouts. “The general state of affairs in the Orioles organization is ... read more

Orioles option four players

The Orioles whittled their camp roster to 50 players this afternoon while making their first moves since baseball’s shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pitcher David Hess, infielder/outfielder Ryan Mountcastle, outfielder Cedric Mullins and infielder Ramón Urías have been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. No cuts had been announced since left-hander Keegan Akin was optioned to the Tides back on March 10. A few competitions gained ... read more

Reviewing the roster during the shutdown

The Orioles would have been making the short drive to Bradenton today for a game against the Pirates if spring training had proceeded without interruption. The trip back always takes twice as long because of the traffic, but it’s still the easiest one. Many of the competitions are unsettled while baseball takes a long break, but shortstop is set. José Iglesias has the position locked ... read more

Learning more about Orioles before spring training ended

The Orioles would have been traveling to Fort Myers today for a game against the Twins if spring training had proceeded without interruption. They tried it last Thursday and didn’t get a mile from the complex before the buses pulled back into it. Four left turns and they were exactly where they started. A pretty good hint that Major League Baseball was shutting down due ... read more