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Wrapping up a 10-9 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis switched to designated hitter today to accommodate a sore right forearm and launched a three-run homer to left-center field. The bat is fine. “I just had a little tightness in my forearm,” Davis said after the Orioles’ 10-9 loss to the Cardinals at Ed Smith Stadium. “I noticed it a few days ago. I think it’s a

Machado hits grand slam, Wright talks about start (O’s lose 10-9)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manny Machado chose today to hit his first home run of the spring and he decided to clear the bases with it. Go big or go home. Machado’s grand slam to left field off Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty with no outs in the bottom of the third inning gave the Orioles a 4-0 lead and sent a jolt through the crowd at

Two scoreless innings for Mike Wright

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mike Wright Jr. retired six of the seven batters he faced today, a harmless single the only smudge on his line. Tommy Pham bounced a single up the middle with one out in the first inning, but Wright retired Paul DeJong on a fly ball to right field and Jose Martinez on a bouncer to second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who ranged past

Lineup change, Showalter on Lee, Hays and Barlow

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have made another lineup change today, with Chris Davis switching from first base to the designated hitter role. Mark Trumbo will play first base. The order remains the same, with Davis batting fifth and Trumbo seventh. No reason given for the change, but manager Buck Showalter hinted at the possibility during batting practice. Left-hander Chris Lee’s attempt to break camp

Updating MRIs on Chris Lee and Austin Hays (plus more notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - An MRI administered this morning confirmed that Orioles left-hander Chris Lee sustained an injury to his right oblique muscle and he’s expected to be sidelined at least four weeks. Lee wasn’t expected to break camp with the team, but the injury totally eliminates the possibility. The MRI on Austin Hays was more favorable. Hays has some inflammation behind his right shoulder, but

Orioles lineup vs. Cardinals

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles reliever Darren O’Day will make his spring debut in today’s 1:05 p.m. game against the Cardinals at Ed Smith Stadium. Pedro Álvarez is listed among a group of reserves that also includes outfielder Jaycob Brugman, catcher Andrew Susac and infielder Éngelb Vielma. Outfielder Austin Hays is counted, too, though he was scheduled to receive an MRI today on his right shoulder/lat.

Araujo getting noticed in crowded Rule 5 field

SARASOTA, Fla. - So much gets lost over the course of a game, especially when a top pitching prospect has overcome a series of injuries to make his first career Grapefruit League start and another promising hurler walks off the field after one batter with an oblique injury. Hunter Harvey and Chris Lee overshadowed right-hander Pedro Araujo yesterday, for good and bad reasons. No one

Chris Lee’s oblique injury and a 2-1 win (updated)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Chris Lee most likely injured his right oblique today while facing only one batter. The club will know more about the injury later and how long it could keep him off the mound. Lee appeared in only eight games with Double-A Bowie in 2016 due to an injury to his left lat muscle. He departed today

Harvey and his 95 mph fastball go two innings (O’s win 2-1)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The first career Grapefruit League start today for Hunter Harvey lasted two innings and featured a 95 mph fastball and glimpses of how he became the top pitching prospect in the organization. Harvey became the club’s fourth starter this spring to allow one run over two innings, joining Mike Wright Jr., Nestor Cortes Jr. and Gabriel Ynoa. Harvey gave up three

Notes on Gausman, Hays, Tillman, Castro and more (O’s down 1-0)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said today that Kevin Gausman remains on schedule to start Saturday afternoon’s game against the Phillies in Clearwater. Gausman’s work day on Wednesday or Thursday will provide confirmation. “If he continues to have the indications he had today, he’d stay in turn,” Showalter said. Gausman avoided a serious injury after yesterday’s collision with the Tigers’ Jeimer Candelario

Updating Gausman, Castro and Gentry (lineup change)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Kevin Gausman played a game of table tennis inside the Orioles clubhouse this morning and joked with teammates, nothing to indicate that he was bothered by the after effects of yesterday’s collision with the Tigers’ Jeimer Candelario that forced him out of the game and left him bloodied. Gausman has a cut above his left eyelid and there appears to be

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Austin Hays in starting in right field today for the Orioles’ game against the Rays in Port Charlotte. Hays had been used only as the designated hitter in Grapefruit League competition due to a sore lat muscle. Chance Sisco is catching again and batting fifth. Ryan Mountcastle is starting at third base. The Orioles continue to use Garabez Rosa at first base.

Harvey finally gets the chance to make exhibition start

SARASOTA, Fla. - As a regular presence in major league camp whether healthy, injured or recovering, Hunter Harvey would figure to own at least a couple of Grapefruit League starts. He’s always been thrust into a rotation, the bullpen only serving as a place to warm up. Three relief appearances in 2015 and 2016. That’s the extent of his spring training experience. The streak ends

Wrapping up an 8-6 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he didn’t see the collision earlier today involving Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman and Tigers infielder Jeimer Candelario. He heard it. Gausman avoided a trip to the hospital after passing a series of concussion tests, but the Orioles will check him closely on Tuesday after he reports to the complex. “I was watching the ball, the play,” Showalter

Gausman on his “battle scar” and start (Orioles lose 8-6)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kevin Gausman never made it to a local hospital today, passing the concussion tests at the Ed Smith Stadium complex while sporting a cut above his left eyelid. He lost some blood but kept his sense of humor. Gausman expects to be back on the field in a few days after colliding with the Tigers’ Jeimer Candelario while backing up home plate

Gausman leaves game in second after collision (O’s down 6-4)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kevin Gausman’s first start of the spring today ended with him sitting behind home plate with a towel pressed against his face. Gausman appeared to collide with the Tigers’ Jeimer Candelario while backing up the plate on Leonys Martin’s RBI single with one out in the top of the second inning. Candelario returned to the on-deck circle, flexing his leg, while head

Álvarez on return: “Anything is possible, right?”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pedro Álvarez spent the morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex fielding ground balls at first base - alternating with Chris Davis - hitting in the cage and engaging in a four-minute interview with media near the home dugout. The scene was familiar except Álvarez arrived a month earlier than usual and he didn’t take fly balls in right field. The Orioles

Gentry sidelined with hamstring injury (and other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Veteran outfielder Craig Gentry injured his hamstring yesterday in Fort Myers and his return isn’t imminent. “Could be a little issue for us for a little while, I think,” said manager Buck Showalter. “We took him out yesterday. He told the trainer he kind of felt it tighten a little bit on the ball he dove for in center field, and the

Álvarez signing official, upcoming pitchers, Brugman’s return

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pedro Álvarez has passed his physical and signed his minor league contract with the Orioles. Álvarez is guaranteed $1 million if he returns to the majors and can make an additional $3 million based on incentives for plate appearances. Today’s signing marks the third year in a row that the Orioles have brought Álvarez to camp - the last two on minor

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

SARASOTA, Fla. - Colby Rasmus makes his Orioles debut this afternoon, starting in right field and leading off for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Tigers at Ed Smith Stadium. Tim Beckham has moved down to eighth in the order. Chance Sisco is catching. Kevin Gausman makes his first appearance today and he’s hoping to solve the slow-start issue that’s hounded him the past. He

Orioles remain open to signing a starting pitcher

SARASOTA, Fla. - Agreeing to terms with slugger Pedro Álvarez on a minor league deal is the latest move made by the Orioles since they arrived at spring training. Toss him into the same sack as pitchers Andrew Cashner and Chris Tillman and outfielders Alex Presley and Colby Rasmus. Corban Joseph and Sharlon Schoop get their own container over at Twin Lakes Park. The Orioles

Wrapping up a 7-1 loss

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Kevin Gausman will have to play spring training stopper on Monday. The Orioles are winless in four exhibition games following today’s 7-1 loss to the Red Sox at JetBlue Park. They stranded two runners in the top of the ninth and fell to 0-3-1. Remain calm. Erick Salcedo singled off the pseudo Green Monster in left field before Aderlin Rodriguez struck

Brugman outrighted to Norfolk (Orioles fall 7-1)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Outfielder Jaycob Brugman has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, keeping him in the organization. He’ll return to major league camp on Monday. The Orioles designated Brugman for assignment on Wednesday while re-signing starter Chris Tillman. Brugman gives the Orioles another left-handed hitting outfielder to join Colby Rasmus and Alex Presley, who were signed to minor league deals. Brugman

Colby Rasmus in Monday’s starting lineup

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Outfielder Colby Rasmus will make his Orioles debut Monday afternoon against the Tigers in Sarasota. Rasmus will play right field. “I had a good talk with him a couple days ago,” said manager Buck Showalter. “I told him if he doesn’t think so, I could wait until Wednesday, but that’s what he wanted to do.” Showalter views Rasmus as a platoon

Gausman making start Monday (and other notes)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Kevin Gausman is making his Grapefruit League debut on Monday afternoon against the Tigers at Ed Smith Stadium. Gausman will oppose right-hander Michael Fulmer, the American League’s Rookie of the Year in 2016. Chris Tillman hasn’t been notified of his first start since signing a one-year deal last week. Tillman will throw batting practice on Tuesday and should be ready, considering

Orioles agree to terms with Pedro Álvarez on minor league deal

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are bringing back Pedro Álvarez. Again. Álvarez has agreed to terms on a minor league contract with an invitation to major league camp, according to a source. No word on whether he’s reporting today, but the club is setting up a locker for him in the main clubhouse. This is the third year in a row that the Orioles have

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

SARASOTA, Fla. - Austin Hays is serving as the designated hitter today and Craig Gentry is leading off and playing center field, as the Orioles make the trip to Fort Myers to play the Red Sox. The lineup is missing a projected starter for the 2018 season. Joey Rickard is in right field - he could work into a platoon - and Anthony Santander is

Notes on Brugman, Ynoa and Hays

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles continue to hold a locker for outfielder Jaycob Brugman inside their clubhouse at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and a team official said they should know his status “in the next day or so.” Brugman was designated for assignment on Wednesday to create a spot for starter Chris Tillman on the 40-man roster, a surprising move considering the need for

Wrapping up a 1-1 tie

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles loaded the bases three times tonight without scoring, including the eighth inning when the first three batters reached. They put two runners in scoring position with two outs in the ninth and came away empty. It served as the recipe for a 1-1 tie with the Twins. The game ended after regulation instead of the teams playing a 10th inning.

Cortes retires six of seven batters in spring debut (O’s, Twins tie)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes Jr. came as advertised tonight in his first spring start. Didn’t throw hard, but worked quickly and changed speeds and his arm angle to keep the Twins off balance. Cortes duplicated Mike Wright Jr.’s outing yesterday by allowing one run and one hit over two innings. Cortes retired six of seven batters and threw 16 of 23

Vielma: “I still feel confident that I can go out there and compete”

SARASOTA, Fla. - The competition for the utility job with the Orioles increased today with Éngelb Vielma’s arrival in camp. Meet the new guy. Same as the old guy - just late getting here. Vielma was detained in Venezuela while trying to get his visa. He flew into the area last night, took his physical today and waited for a chance to play. “It’s definitely

Schoop expects to play tonight (updated with lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles haven’t posted their lineup for tonight’s home intrasquad game against the Twins, but second baseman Jonathan Schoop expects to be in it. Schoop was scratched yesterday with bursitis in his left elbow, but he’s feeling much better today. “I’m doing good,” he said. “I don’t even know the name of it, but it’s nothing to worry about. I think I’m

Orioles and Phillies lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are playing split-squad games today against the Phillies in Clearwater and the Twins in Sarasota. I’m covering the home nightcap, with the clubhouse opening to media at 1 p.m. Chris Davis is wearing the gray pants today as the only projected starter on the trip. Anthony Santander is playing right field after serving as the designated hitter yesterday against the

Britton set to throw again today

SARASOTA, Fla. - While Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop and pitcher Miguel Castro are sidelined indefinitely with elbow and knee conditions, respectively, closer Zach Britton is preparing for his second round of catch this morning as he slowly works his way back to the mound. Britton is following up on his first flat-ground throwing session on Thursday at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. “I think

Wrapping up a 6-3 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles prospects took over the ninth inning today, with Chance Sisco hitting an opposite-field, three-run homer off Rays reliever Brandon Lawson after DJ Stewart singled and Ryan Mountcastle doubled. The Orioles stranded two runners in scoring position and lost to the Rays 6-3, but it provided a nice touch to an otherwise nondescript exhibition opener. “Yeah, especially back-to-back-to-back,” said manager Buck

Wright flashes cutter in two innings against Rays (O’s lose 6-3)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mike Wright Jr. worked two innings this afternoon in the Orioles’ exhibition opener against the Rays and left on a high note. Wright retired the side in order in the second on 11 pitches, eight for strikes. He handled all of the outs - striking out Ryan Schimpf, retiring Johnny Field on a tapper to the mound and catching Justin Williams’ pop

Schoop sidelined with elbow bursitis, Castro with knee tendinitis

SARASOTA, Fla. - Though the Orioles have avoided serious injuries as they approach today’s exhibition opener, two scratches created unexpected changes in their lineup and rotation. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop is day-to-day with bursitis in his left elbow and Miguel Castro won’t make Sunday’s start against the Red Sox in Fort Myers due to patella tendinitis in both knees. Castro also may be experiencing some

Early notes before today’s exhibition opener in Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tim Beckham didn’t have a ball hit to him yesterday during the intrasquad game, leaving his work at third base on the back fields as the only way to assign an early grade. Beckham is starting at third base again today in the Orioles’ exhibition opener against the Rays at Ed Smith Stadium. He’s taking a break from his daily sessions with

Schoop scratched from Orioles lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Second baseman Jonathan Schoop has been scratched from today’s lineup and replaced by Luis Sardiñas. The Orioles haven’t provided an explanation, but Schoop walked through the clubhouse this morning with an ice pack wrapped on his left elbow. Trey Mancini moves up to second in the order, with Manny Machado batting third. For the Orioles Tim Beckham 3B Trey Mancini LF Manny

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Anthony Santander gets the start in right field today for the Orioles’ exhibition opener against the Rays at Ed Smith Stadium. Tim Beckham is leading off and playing third base. Adam Jones is the cleanup hitter. Caleb Joseph is catching. Most of the regulars are playing today. For the Orioles Tim Beckham 3B Jonathan Schoop 2B Manny Machado SS Adam Jones CF

Gentry: “I love playing here. It just worked out perfectly”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nothing much has changed for Craig Gentry since the Orioles signed veteran outfielder Colby Rasmus to a minor league deal this week and invited him to camp. Gentry is working under a similar contract and could be used in a platoon with Rasmus. The Orioles have been searching for plus defenders for the outfield who bat from the left side, capable of

Showalter speaks after today’s intrasquad game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mike Wright, Chris Lee, Jeff Ferrell, Joely Rodríguez, Donnie Hart, Jimmy Yacabonis and Pedro Araujo are scheduled to pitch Friday afternoon in the exhibition opener against the Rays at Ed Smith Stadium. Wright will work the first two innings if the Rays allow it. I’ve lost count of how many times someone has referenced a “big spring” for Wright, who’s out of

Hays stands out in intrasquad game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Austin Hays led off today’s intrasquad game with a triple and scored on Cedric Mullins’ liner to right field to account for all of the scoring in the Black Team’s 1-0 four-inning win over the Orange Team before a bunch of club officials, players and media. Hays, the organization’s minor league Player of the Year, went 2-for-3 with a run scored. David

Susac returns to Orioles clubhouse after hospital stay

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are catching Caleb Joseph and Austin Wynns in today’s intrasquad game and they’re using Audry Perez and Chance Sisco as designated hitters. Andrew Susac will settle for being in the clubhouse instead of a hospital bed. Susac returned to the facility earlier this week after missing Sunday’s workout and being treated for a staph infection. Today marked the first time

Rasmus: “I feel like I still have a little bit left to give to the game”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Colby Rasmus pulled back his long hair this morning, slipped a cap over it and declared that he’s ready to play baseball again. The Orioles hung a No. 28 jersey in his locker. They’re also putting a lot of trust in him. Seven months after he left the Rays and returned to his Alabama home to be with his wife and three

Intrasquad lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles won’t parade many of their regulars through today’s intrasquad game at Ed Smith Stadium. Tim Beckham is leading off and playing third base for the Orange team. Caleb Joseph is batting second and catching. Austin Hays is leading off and playing right field for the Black team, followed by Ryan Mountcastle and Cedric Mullins. For the Orange team Tim Beckham

Machado on Beckham: “I think he looks great”

SARASOTA, Fla. - The work is done in the morning and early afternoons, ground balls hit to Tim Beckham at third base under a hot Florida sun on the Camden Yards replica field. The first Grapefruit League game hasn’t been played and grades remain incomplete, but the transition so far has been seamless. Manny Machado has an ideal vantage point over at shortstop, Beckham’s old

Showalter on Tillman’s side session, outfield defense (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Colby Rasmus is taking his physical in Sarasota today and his minor league deal won’t be announced until the Orioles have the results in hand. Update: The Orioles announced the deal. Rasmus increases the camp total to 63 players. Rasmus opened the 2017 season on the Rays disabled list following surgery on his left hip and he developed tendinitis in June.

Orioles agree to terms with Rasmus on minor league deal

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ search for a left-handed hitting corner outfielder has led them to Colby Rasmus. Rasmus and the Orioles have agreed to terms on a minor league deal pending the completion of a physical, according to a source. Rasmus, 31, could platoon in right field and back up at all three spots. He’s a career .252/.318/.463 hitter against right-handers and a .211/.290/.366

Tillman: “It feels good to finally be able to join the team”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman no longer will be a spectator in spring training. Hidden behind the walls of the Ed Smith Stadium complex while negotiations continued on a new contract, Tillman is free to join the workouts and prepare to join a rotation that’s added two starters in less than a week. “It is a relief,” he said this morning while standing outside an

Orioles announce Chris Tillman signing

SARASOTA, Fla. - The deal is official. Chris Tillman is coming back to the Orioles for the 2018 season, a match that made sense since the early days of free agency. Tillman passed his physical and signed his one-year contract worth a guaranteed $3 million. Incentives can push it to $10 million. There was a delay in the Orioles getting the necessary paperwork, which forced

Wright arrives in camp in the right frame of mind

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mike Wright keeps hearing that it’s an important spring for him, followed by an important season. Stacking more pressure in case he feels the urge to exhale. He’s out of minor league options and there’s an indentation from him in one of the seats on the Triple-A shuttle. The Orioles have filled four of their rotation spots and are receptive to adding

Cashner throws first bullpen session with O’s (and other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman spent this morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, but he hasn’t been cleared to join workouts until his new contract becomes official. Both sides are in a holding pattern, but an announcement could come later today. The Orioles are waiting to hear back from Tillman’s representative. Tillman has agreed to a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $3 million. He

This, that and the other

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are expected to announce later today Chris Tillman’s signing to a one-year deal. They don’t disclose the terms, but as I reported yesterday, he’s guaranteed $3 million and can earn another $7 million in incentives. There was no confirmation yesterday, perhaps because the club was waiting for the results of his physical or the deal needed to be approved by

Gausman, Bundy and O’Day on Tillman’s return (and other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - While the Orioles are staying quiet about Chris Tillman today, with no announcement made on their agreement, executive vice president Dan Duquette isn’t necessarily done with the pitching market. Duquette will continue to check on available starters despite the Orioles guaranteeing Tillman $3 million with a chance to increase the overall value to $10 million, and Andrew Cashner $16 million with a

Orioles re-sign Tillman to major league deal (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles continue to make news on the first day of full-squad workouts by re-signing pitcher Chris Tillman to a one-year major league contract that guarantees him $3 million, according to multiple sources. Tillman was taking his physical at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. The deal is heavy in performance bonuses for innings pitched. He can earn an additional $7 million, according

Orioles sign Alex Presley to minor league deal

SARASOTA, Fla. - With a left-handed hitting outfielder on their shopping list and the first full-squad workout held later today, the Orioles announced that they’ve signed veteran Alex Presley to a minor league deal and invited him to camp. The Orioles have 62 players at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Presley is a career .263/.306/.388 hitter in eight major league seasons with the Pirates, Twins,

Chris Davis won’t be caught looking at same slump

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis walked into the Orioles clubhouse this morning with a thick moustache and a clear head. He’s determined to keep one of them. The facial hair can go, along with the Wyatt Earp jokes, but the former home run champ won’t allow his confidence to waver again, for distractions to set in, and a slump to bury him and the team.

Asher trying to regain club’s confidence as camp continues

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will conduct their first full-squad workout this afternoon after the remaining players in camp have passed their physicals and are cleared for baseball activities. Utility infielder Éngelb Vielma isn’t expected to arrive until perhaps later in the week due to a visa issue in Venezuela. Everyone else should be in camp. How could practically every team in baseball claim Vielma

Notes on Susac, catching options and split-squad starters (update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles catcher Andrew Susac could miss at least three or four days with “a possible staph infection,” according to manager Buck Showalter, who met with the media following the fifth workout of spring training. Susac’s condition worsened overnight and he wasn’t on the field this morning, the latest health issue to strike the former Giants and Brewers catcher. “Something we’re concerned about,”

Susac missing from today’s workout due to health issue

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles held an abbreviated workout this morning with no bullpen sessions on the agenda. Manager Buck Showalter ran various fielding drills, including bunt coverage. However, catcher Andrew Susac wasn’t a participant due to an undisclosed physical issue. Showalter will meet with the media at 12:30 p.m. and provide an update on Susac, who came to the Orioles in a Feb. 2

Adam Jones: “It’s not about money. It’s winning”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Adam Jones sat at his locker this morning wrapping tape around his fingers as sweat ran down his forehead. Players weren’t due on the field to stretch for another hour. He was in full work mode in preparation for his 11th and perhaps final season with the Orioles. Jones stated again that the club hasn’t reached out to his agent regarding a

Beckham working hard at his new position

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tim Beckham took his cuts in the batting cage yesterday afternoon beneath another gorgeous blue sky and headed to the Camden Yards replica field. He walked with Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop, the trio shadowed by third base coach Bobby Dickerson. Dickerson, who also serves as infield instructor, kept hitting grounders to Beckham at third and Machado at shortstop. It ranks as

Wrapping up the fourth day of workouts

SARASOTA, Fla. - Infielder Rubén Tejada has reported to camp, leaving only a few position players marked absent. Everyone is required to be at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Sunday, with the first full-squad workout held the following day. Manager Buck Showalter said he hasn’t seen outfielder Cedric Mullins and infielders Garabez Rosa and Éngelb Vielma, the latter experiencing a visa issue in Venezuela.

Schoop vows to atone for missing FanFest

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop said he regrets skipping the annual FanFest event last month at the Baltimore Convention Center and vows to make amends. “Yeah, of course, for the fans,” he said upon reporting to camp this morning. “That’s why I’m going to sign for them. Every fan, I’m going to sign for them and give them something back. I’m glad

Machado on staying an Oriole and moving to shortstop

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manny Machado’s equipment bag from the World Baseball Classic arrived at his locker this morning a few minutes before the three-time All-Star, who walked into the clubhouse with a big smile on his face, approached every teammate, and offered a handshake and a hug. One at a time. Every player he could find. Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop have reported to

Orioles remain in the hunt for another starting pitcher

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles aren’t done with the construction of their rotation. There’s scaffolding in place with two openings behind Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy and Andrew Cashner - in no particular order. Hard hats are recommended again with names dropping off the board. The preference remains to add a left-hander, though Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes Jr. could break camp with the team as

Wrapping up the third day of workouts

SARASOTA, Fla. - First baseman Chris Davis and infielder Ryan Mountcastle have reported to camp two days before position players are required. Still no sign of Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Luis Sardiñas and Rubén Tejada in the main clubhouse. Davis’ moustache could have gotten here two days ahead of him. “They’re trickling in pretty good now,” said manager Buck Showalter. “We don’t go on the

Duquette talks about the Cashner signing

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette secured right-hander Andrew Cashner yesterday, signing him to a two-year, $16 million contract with an option, but he remains in the market for another starting pitcher and a left-handed hitter. Duquette is exploring trades and free agency. He’d prefer the latter. “This time of year, obviously, I’d rather be adding players without taking away from them,

Brach on Cashner: “I think it’s a really good pickup for us”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielders Crag Gentry, signed to a minor league deal last week, and DJ Stewart are early arrivals at camp. Andrew Cashner, signed yesterday to a two-year, $16 million contract with an option for 2020, has been assigned No. 54. Reliever Jimmy Yacabonis also is wearing 54, but those days are ... wait for it ... numbered. Brad Brach was Cashner’s teammate in

Notes on Hays, Rodríguez, Britton and Mesa

SARASOTA, Fla. - Austin Hays will let others debate whether he should be the Orioles’ starting right fielder. Whether he belongs in the majors in any role or should accumulate more at-bats with the Triple-A affiliate. A quick interview at his locker this week confirmed that Hays is keeping it simple. His approach and his answers. “I’m just coming back and looking forward to putting

Orioles’ deal with Andrew Cashner is official

SARASOTA, Fla. - The negotiations began back in November, when Orioles vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson met face-to-bearded face with veteran right-hander Andrew Cashner. Talks gained and lost momentum, optimism rose and sank. But the club sliced through a thawing market today and reeled in its first significant free agent while addressing its most pressing need. Cashner passed his physical exam this afternoon

Orioles sign Cashner to two-year, $16 million deal (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles now have three confirmed starting pitchers. The club has reached agreement with right-hander Andrew Cashner on a two-year contract worth a guaranteed $16 million, according to multiple sources. The deal is done and the club is expected to announce it shortly. Cashner joins a rotation that includes Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. One spot is expected to be filled internally.

José Mesa hoping to follow father’s footsteps to Baltimore

SARASOTA, Fla. -Sixteen pitchers threw in the bullpen today, including José Mesa, who is vying for a spot on the 25-man roster as a Rule 5 pick and perhaps in a rotation that has plenty of room. Also throwing today were Josh Edgin, Asher Wojciechowski, Darren O’Day, Brad Brach, Mike Wright, Mychal Givens, Chris Lee, Gabriel Ynoa, Perci Garner, Andrew Faulkner, Tim Melville, Alec Asher,

Eddie Gamboa on his commitment to the knuckleball

SARASOTA, Fla. - Eddie Gamboa has a better grip on his pitching future. Gamboa has conceded after much prodding from the Orioles that he needs to go exclusively with his knuckleball. No more mixing it in 50 percent of the time. No more fastball first and then the secondary stuff. If Gamboa is going to get back to the majors after appearing in seven games

Joining Orioles a breath of fresh air for Susac

SARASOTA, Fla. - Andrew Susac has a plan. And a color scheme. Susac feels right as home with the Orioles, who acquired him on Feb. 2 to compete for a job as backup catcher. It isn’t strictly his welcoming teammates or a hankering for grouper. Orange and black work for him. “I think it’s awesome,” he said. “It seems like I can’t get out of

José Mesa viewed as starter in camp (and other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rule 5 pick José Mesa will be used as a starter in camp instead of working out of the bullpen. The Orioles added him to the mix earlier today, with the right-hander joining Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, Mike Wright, Gabriel Ynoa, Miguel Castro, Hunter Harvey and Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes Jr. Mesa, son of the former Orioles pitcher of the same

Highlights from the first day of workouts (with video)

SARASOTA, Fla. - With 35 pitchers in camp, the Orioles offered a heavy dose of bullpen sessions this afternoon on the first day of workouts. The group consisted of Dylan Bundy, Jayson Aquino, Jhan Mariñez, Donnie Hart, Richard Bleier, Miguel Castro, Nestor Cortes Jr., Jeff Ferrell, Stefan Crichton, Jimmy Yacabonis, Eddie Gamboa, Jason Gurka, Hunter Harvey, Joely Rodríguez, David Hess and Pedro Araujo. Michael Kelly

Britton on his recovery and uncertain status

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielders Austin Hays and Jaycob Brugman are the latest Orioles to report early to spring training. The first full-squad workout is Monday. Players are taking their physicals before heading out to the field around noon. Darren O’Day will be shaving off his beard. Zach Britton was sitting at his locker as the media ventured inside the clubhouse, joking that it was unintentional

Will the Orioles find their starting pitcher this week?

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard can be added to the list of position players who reported early to camp, joining a group that includes Adam Jones, Tim Beckham, Anthony Santander and Trey Mancini. Rickard is competing for a spot as an extra outfielder, whether he’s platooning in right field with an unidentified left-handed hitter or serving as a backup. His primary competition comes

Orioles will watch Lincecum throw this week

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will be counted among the teams attending Tim Lincecum’s showcase later this week. The two-time Cy Young Award winner will throw Thursday at Driveline Baseball’s facility outside Seattle, allowing him to dive into a flooded free agent market. Executive vice president Dan Duquette indicated earlier today that the Orioles are more likely to sign a couple of veteran pitchers than

Perci Garner on knee surgery and signing with the Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have both of their starting pitchers under contract for 2018 after Kevin Gausman reached agreement today on a $5.6 million deal to avoid Wednesday’s arbitration hearing in Arizona. Gausman and Dylan Bundy will be joined by three other starters. The Orioles aren’t going to experiment with a two-man rotation this summer. The issue is reaching agreements with free agents or

Gausman agrees to contract for 2018 season (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Center fielder Adam Jones, infielder Tim Beckham and outfielder Anthony Santander are counted among the position players who reported early to camp. Only pitchers and catchers are required to show up today at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. The first full-squad workout is Monday morning. Beckham has inherited J.J. Hardy’s old locker at the end of a row. They no longer play

More Britton and Bleier as pitchers and catchers report

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’ve concluded the latest countdown in baseball’s offseason. Orioles pitchers and catchers are required today to report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex. A couple of stragglers will show up later - after the Orioles figure out how to plug the holes in their rotation. The clubhouse opens to the media from 8-9 a.m. and manager Buck Showalter will be available before

Sifting through spring training storylines

One more day until Orioles pitchers and catchers are required to post at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Fla. The first workout is held the following day. My first trip to Publix will come later this afternoon after my flight lands in Tampa, I hop into a rental car and make the hour drive to the hotel. I can do it with my

More on starting pitching and Richard Bleier’s refusal to relax

The Orioles never were in the running to sign free agent right-hander Yu Darvish, and the six-year, $126 million contract he landed yesterday from the Cubs justified their distance. They weren’t going to spend so lavishly on a starting pitcher. The sides had no reason to be linked in any reports. The Cubs are using Darvish to replace Jake Arrieta, who also is expected to

Zach Britton on the “frustration” of a slow offseason

With the free agent market still overflowing due to a winter-long freeze, a neat trick if you know anything about liquids and temperatures, the Major League Baseball Players Association is arranging a “31st camp” for unemployed players at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The list of participants will include former Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold, 34, who’s attempting a comeback after announcing his retirement last

Britton still targeting May return, looking back on big O’s trades

Orioles closer Zach Britton reaches another important date today in his recovery from right Achilles surgery. He’s hoping that it’s the latest step, so to speak, in the right direction. Britton will undergo his third checkup from Dr. Kenneth Jung of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles before he flies to Sarasota and reports early to spring training. He expects to receive more encouraging

Taking the Orioles rotation for another spin

While the Orioles wait for starting pitchers to drop into their laps like acorns, the majority of fans think the team would be nuts to bring back anyone from last year’s rotation who remains on the free agent market. This is an unscientific poll. I’m basing my observations on comments attached to the blog and appearing on my Twitter feed, and impromptu conversations in restaurants,

Flaherty signs minor league deal with Phillies

The Ryan Flaherty era in Baltimore really has come to an end. Or maybe it’s just been put on hold. The Phillies have signed Flaherty to a minor league deal, as first reported by ESPN.com. He’ll go to spring training in Clearwater, Fla., and attempt to win a utility job. Selected from the Cubs organization in the December 2011 Rule 5 draft, Flaherty spent six

Orioles re-sign Craig Gentry to minor league deal (updated)

The Orioles are bringing back outfielder Craig Gentry and increasing the number of invites to major league camp. Gentry has agreed to a minor league deal, according to a source, and will report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex. He can earn $900,000 if he makes the club, as first reported by USA Today. Manager Buck Showalter expressed his interest in Gentry, 34, during last

Choosing this year’s spring training dark horse candidate

We’re down to six days before pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex for spring training, though it’s expected that the place will be filled with early arrivals. Not a lot of feet drag into Sarasota. The time has come to offer my dark horse candidate to make the team. The challenge, of course, is doing it with so

Orioles and Schoop agree to contract terms for 2018 (updated)

The Orioles have avoided an arbitration hearing with second baseman Jonathan Schoop, with the sides agreeing to terms on an $8.5 million contract for 2018, according to an industry source. Schoop filed at $9 million and the Orioles countered at $7.5 million. He made $3.475 million last season. A hearing was scheduled for Thursday in Phoenix, Ariz. Despite the usual reports that the Orioles were

Forecasting Orioles’ 25-man roster remains a source of frustration

With exactly one week remaining before pitchers and catchers must report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, the task of submitting a mock 25-man roster hasn’t grown much easier since my attempts two months ago. The rotation still has openings behind Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy, with only in-house candidates in the mix. The bullpen includes only one left-hander, Richard Bleier, who seems

Leftovers for breakfast

Included among the memorable nuggets to spill out of FanFest, along with the boulder-sized announcement that Manny Machado would play shortstop, was executive vice president Dan Duquette’s confirmation that the Orioles have been in contact with utility infielder Ryan Flaherty. A season ticket holder brought up Flaherty’s name during the Q&A session and Duquette noted the applause and the popularity of “Flash.” Someone has to

Hutchison a consideration as Orioles seek starting pitchers

The Orioles have four catchers on their 40-man roster after Friday’s trade with the Brewers that gave them Andrew Susac, a former top prospect for the Giants who hasn’t hit in the majors, but is the depth move that executive vice president Dan Duquette sought before spring training. The roster is full and the Orioles still have three openings in their rotation. They can create

Mancini approaching spring training in usual competitive manner

One year ago, Trey Mancini was a prospect at first base and uncertain whether the 25-man roster could hold him on opening day. Chris Davis blocked him at his natural position, Mark Trumbo was ticketed for designated hitter duties and organizational debate centered on the wisdom of his part-time role in the majors versus regular at-bats in Triple-A. There’s been a dramatic shift as the

Darren O’Day: “Last year was encouraging in a lot of aspects”

The Orioles went into the offseason showing more of a willingness to part with a bullpen piece in order to satisfy other roster needs, dealing from a strength while running the risk of weakening a unit that’s needed to prop up a shaky rotation. They listened to offers for closer Zach Britton and setup man Brad Brach. They turned a clogged ear to overtures for

Mountcastle, Stewart and Mullins among 19 O’s non-roster invites

The Orioles are inviting 19 non-roster players to their major league camp later this month, increasing to 35 the number of pitchers filtering into the Ed Smith Stadium complex. More starters are expected to show up later with Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman the only confirmed members of the rotation. The club also might want to add a couple of mounds. The list of non-roster

Gausman and Bundy on being the only confirmed starters

The lack of confirmed starters for the Orioles rotation is both a concern and a source of comedic material. “It’s definitely a little weird, but I’m sure in the next couple weeks we’ll probably sign some other guys,” Kevin Gausman said at FanFest. “But yeah, it’s definitely a little weird right now for sure. I think I’ve had probably 50 people in the last, I

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