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 (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