Hendrickson will take another shot at it next week. He’s been invited to attend the minicamp at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, where he will throw for manager Buck Showalter, pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti.
Hendrickson, 40, hasn’t pitched in the majors since making eight relief appearances with the Orioles in 2011. He spent 2014 with the independent York Revolution, posting a 1.54 ERA in 55 appearances and 52 2/3 innings.
The 6-foot-9 southpaw has lowered his arm slot to the point where it’s more submarine style than sidearm.
The Orioles think Hendrickson, who still lives in York, Pa., would make a good minor league pitching coach. Even if they pass on him next week, he still could wind up in the organization once he retires.
I wrote yesterday that young catchers Michael Ohlman, Jonah Heim and Alex Murphy will attend the minicamp. There are some people in the organization who think the switch-hitting Heim, a fourth-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Amherst (N.Y.) High School, has the highest ceiling of the trio.
Director of player development Brian Graham and Single-A Delmarva pitching coach Alan Mills also will be in Sarasota. Vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson will join Wallace and Chiti in California for the West Coast version of the minicamp.
Steve Johnson, still a minor league free agent while the Orioles attempt to work out a deal, extended his throwing program to 90 feet yesterday. His right shoulder feels great following surgery on Sept. 24 to shave a bone spur.
The Orioles are expected to re-sign Johnson to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training despite interest from the Phillies and Mariners.
Former Orioles catcher Nick Hundley passed his physical yesterday and signed a two-year deal with the Rockies worth a reported $6.25 million. He’ll receive $3.1 million this season and $3.15 million in 2016.
The Orioles wanted to re-sign Hundley and were willing to go two years, but he received more money from the Rockies and he doesn’t have to back up Matt Wieters.
To everyone asking me for more FanFest details beyond the Jan. 31 date, ticket information should be available today. The list of players attending the event will be revealed later.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce the 2015 Hall of Fame inductees today at 2 p.m.
Candidates must be named on 75 percent of ballots cast by BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of Major League Baseball coverage to gain election. In 2014, Craig Biggio missed the 75 percent qualifying point by two votes.
My ballot includes Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez, Pedro Martinez, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Lee Smith, John Smoltz and Alan Trammell.
I also considered Curt Schilling, but I didn’t have room for him. And I dropped Mike Mussina after voting for him last year, but it’s only a temporary omission.
Johnson, Smoltz and Pedro Martinez are in their first year of eligibility, which explains why I couldn’t fit Mussina. I couldn’t bring myself to exclude them. And I keep pushing for Smith, who was the all-time saves leader when he retired, but I know it’s futile.
In case you missed it, here’s a must-read on agent Josh Kusnick, who battles more than executives in contract negotiations. He’s engaged in a much more serious fight - against a pediatric birth defect called “bladder exstrophy” that’s described in the article as a malformation of the bladder whereby it is turned inside out and exposed on the body’s exterior.
Kusnick, who represents Orioles catcher Steve Clevenger, will undergo his 43rd surgery Wednesday morning at Johns Hopkins. But he continues to conduct business as though he’s dealing with a simple head cold.
Hold a good thought for Kusnick. No one should have to endure this much.
Few could handle it as well.