CLEARWATER, Fla. - The competition for the starting job in right field is intensifying with impressive showings from Joey Rickard and Yusniel Diaz. Rickard went 2-for-3 today with a triple, RBI single and run scored. The former Rule 5 pick also stole his first base of the spring and is 4-for-8. Diaz, part of the return from the Dodgers in the Manny Machado trade and
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Dylan Bundy can joke about his poor spring debuts. With his new manager, Brandon Hyde, and anyone else within earshot. He didn’t add to his legacy today, allowing one run over two innings against the Phillies at Spectrum Field. Bundy surrendered four hits, but the damage was minimal. The Phillies loaded the bases with no outs in the second and settled for
SARASOTA, Fla. - ESPN broadcaster Kevin Brown is joining the Orioles Radio Network in 2019, serving as a play-by-play announcer for about 50 games this season. Brown’s hiring comes on the heels of Joe Angel’s retirement after 19 seasons as the radio play-by-play voice of the Orioles. Angel spent more than four decades calling major league games, including two World Series, 44 postseason games and
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Orioles scratched Nate Karns from Friday night’s start in Tampa due to “general arm soreness,” according to manager Brandon Hyde. Left-hander John Means is taking Karns’ spot and will face the Yankees in a split-squad game. Alex Cobb pitches the day game against the Rays in Sarasota. “We want to be careful with it,” Hyde said. “Just going to push him
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Orioles have adjusted their spring starters this week, listing left-hander John Means to start Friday night’s split-squad game against the Yankees in Tampa. Nate Karns had been the listed starter, with Alex Cobb pitching in the day game against the Rays at Ed Smith Stadium. However, Karns no longer is slated to face the Yankees. Mike Wright is starting Saturday against
SARASOTA, Fla. - Dylan Bundy makes his first spring start today as the Orioles return to the road to play the Phillies in Clearwater. Austin Hays is leading off and playing center field again. Chris Davis is on the trip and batting third. Yusniel Diaz is batting cleanup and playing right field. Jace Peterson moves to third base. Rule 5 pick Drew Jackson is the
SARASOTA, Fla. - The competition for a spot or two in the back end of the Orioles rotation is ongoing and intriguing given the number of candidates and their varying pedigrees. Manager Brandon Hyde has a long way to go before coming to any conclusions, though he keeps getting asked about it less than a week into the exhibition schedule. “Still really early,” Hyde said.
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The two home runs created the loudest sounds and the most buzz. Chance Sisco muscling up again this afternoon, terrorizing two Red Sox pitchers who have been lauded this spring by their manager for their improvement. But Sisco lit up - as much as he’s capable with his quiet personality - when asked about the opposite-field single in his final at-bat
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Spring training statistics can be the great fooler, as so many managers have warned in the past, but Chance Sisco is serious about breaking camp with the Orioles - and the seams on a few baseballs. Sisco has belted a pair of two-run homers today in two at-bats against Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez and reliever Tyler Thornburg, and he slapped
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Alex Cobb is making his Grapefruit League debut in Friday’s split-squad game against the Rays at Ed Smith Stadium. Nate Karns is making his second start in the night portion against the Yankees in Tampa. No way to shield them from a division opponent, especially with the Orioles returning to Fort Myers on Saturday to play the Red Sox. Cobb has
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles individual game tickets go on sale to the general public Friday morning beginning at 10 a.m., which Birdland Members receiving first crack a day earlier at the same time. The club also has released its promotional schedule, highlighted by a Brooks Robinson bobblehead given to the first 25,000 fans 15 and over attending the July 16 game at Camden Yards, and
SARASOTA, Fla. - Cedric Mullins is leading off again today as the Orioles return to Fort Myers to play the Red Sox. Eric Young Jr. is in left field and Anthony Santander is in right. Rule 5 pick Richie Martin is starting at shortstop, Chance Sisco is the designated hitter and Jack Reinheimer is playing second base. Rio Ruiz has moved across the diamond and
SARASOTA, Fla. - Four games into the exhibition schedule, following a couple weeks of workouts, seems like an ample amount of time to build some early impressions of the Orioles. The good and the disappointing. Reactions and overreactions. Chris Davis hit a home run yesterday in his fifth spring training at-bat and it was a tape-measure shot off a breaking ball. It could mean something
SARASOTA, Fla. - The first three at-bats ended in strikeouts and the familiar walk back to the dugout. A fresh start for Chris Davis, the latest since signing his franchise-record contract in January 2016, already had taken on a familiar look. A groundout made Davis 0-for-4 in two spring training games, but there was contact. And it would get much louder in the fifth inning
SARASOTA, Fla. - Dissecting the first two spring outings begins with the basics for Mike Wright. Four innings and no runs allowed. “I like giving up no runs,” Wright said this afternoon after shutting out the Rays over two innings. “That’s fun.” Wright allowed two hits, walked a batter and struck out one. He’s surrendered five hits this spring, his first appearance coming Saturday in
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles won’t engage in serious discussions about the back end of their rotation for a few more weeks. Whether one starter will hold down the fifth spot breaking camp or if using an “opener” really is a viable alternative. Manager Brandon Hyde and executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias will swap opinions while poring over the roster. Elias already
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles left-hander Richard Bleier threw live batting practice this morning on Field 2, with Cedric Mullins and Carlos Pérez serving as the hitters. Manager Brandon Hyde said Bleier will pitch in a “situational-type game” before debuting in six or seven days. The Orioles are being careful with Bleier, who underwent lat surgery in June and is an important part of their bullpen.
SARASOTA, Fla. - Austin Hays got an immediate return Sunday on his offseason workouts during two at-bats against the Blue Jays at Ed Smith Stadium. Hays fell behind 1-2 and poked an RBI single into right field, and he scored from first base on Carlos Pérez’s two-run double into left-center. The single illustrated how he made adjustments to this approach at the plate in order
SARASOTA, Fla. - The versatility of Stevie Wilkerson will be on display again today when he starts in left field against the Rays at Ed Smith Stadium. Wilkerson made his only four career starts in left field last year with Triple-A Norfolk. Austin Hays is leading off and playing center field and Yusniel Diaz is in right. Joey Rickard is the designated hitter. Rio Ruiz
SARASOTA, Fla. - Three exhibition games won’t provide many clues as to how manager Brandon Hyde envisions the construction of his 25-man roster, especially with players continuing to jump positions. But the two Rule 5 infielders might bring a few of his ideas into focus. Richie Martin made another start at shortstop yesterday against the Twins, going 1-for-2 before Jack Reinheimer replaced him. Drew Jackson
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Orioles returned to Sarasota this afternoon without any updates on the medical chart. No one got hurt. They’ll take the victories that don’t show up in the Grapefruit League standings, which no longer list them as unbeaten. Nate Karns and Hunter Harvey felt good physically while allowing two earned runs in the Orioles’ 7-1 loss to the Twins at Hammond
FORT MYERS, Fla. - When a pitcher who makes the trip from minor league camp is warming twice in the bullpen, it’s a sure sign that the starter’s outing isn’t running smoothly. Nate Karns is healthy, which is the primary interest of the Orioles. He stumbled in the first inning today of his first start after missing the entire 2018 season with an elbow injury,
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Former Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop took his last swings in the cage this morning at Hammond Stadium, headed down the dugout steps and knew he was being followed. One of Schoop’s tools must be eyes in the back of his head. He turned and smiled as a couple members of the Orioles beat crew waited for him to notice. What
SARASOTA, Fla. - Dylan Bundy is making his spring training debut on Thursday against the Phillies in Clearwater, taking the first act of his Grapefruit League season on the road. Bundy threw a simulated game yesterday on one of the back fields at the Ed Smith Stadium complex leading into Thursday’s assignment. Andrew Cashner joined Bundy in the simulated game and is nearing his debut.
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ first road trip this spring includes a Rule 5 middle infield. Richie Martin is starting at shortstop today against the Twins in Fort Myers. Drew Jackson is starting at second base. Cedric Mullins is leading off and playing center field. DJ Stewart is batting cleanup and serving as the designated hitter. Jace Peterson is on the move again, starting today
SARASOTA, Fla. - Nate Karns makes his first start for the Orioles today in their first road game, the team bus pointed toward Interstate 75 south and headed to Fort Myers. Karns brings a certain level of interest and intrigue this afternoon because he missed the entire 2018 season with an elbow injury and pitched in only nine games the previous summer before undergoing thoracic
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde had plenty to say about reliever Branden Kline following today’s 9-8 win over the Blue Jays, but he summed up the right-hander’s performance with the first word. “Wow,” Hyde said. No kidding. It seemed to be the appropriate response after Kline restored order to the game by striking out the side in the ninth inning for the save.
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles brought over three pitchers this afternoon from minor league camp to pad the bullpen in case of an unexpected mid-inning departure, and they also managed to send someone over to Twin Lakes Park with an in-game trade. The club announced during the third inning that it acquired right-hander David Lebron from the Rangers in exchange for international signing bonus slots.
SARASOTA, Fla. - The three-run homer is becoming a staple of Orioles spring training games. At least after two days. Rio Ruiz, starting at third base today, followed a Trey Mancini single and two-out walk by Ryan Mountcastle with a shot over the right field fence to give the Orioles another quick lead. Ruiz has hit four home runs in the majors in 195 plate
SARASOTA, Fla. - Three of the Orioles’ veteran starting pitchers were busy this morning. Dylan Bundy and Andrew Cashner threw simulated games on a back field at the Ed Smith Stadium complex as the Orioles readied for batting practice, providing a glimpse at manager Brandon Hyde’s plans in spring training with a schedule heavy in division opponents. It also is a way to ease them
SARASOTA, Fla. - Dylan Bundy is pitching in a simulated game this morning on one of the back fields at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. He doesn’t know when he’s going to start a Grapefruit League game. Manager Brandon Hyde is considering whether to shield his starters from division opponents and the Orioles are playing the Blue Jays today, the Rays on Tuesday, the Red
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde is giving Chris Davis, Trey Mancini and Jonathan Villar their first spring starts today. Villar is leading off and playing second base. Mancini is batting second and playing left field. Davis follows them, starting at first base. Ryan Mountcastle is the cleanup hitter and designated hitter. Alcides Escobar, one of the newer additions to camp, is playing shortstop
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will play their second exhibition game later today, giving manager Brandon Hyde more opportunities to show off the versatility of his roster and do a little more experimenting. Stevie Wilkerson hasn’t played first base in the majors? Run him out there in the Grapefruit League opener against the Twins. Wilkerson came off the bag to glove Renato Núñez’s throw from
SARASOTA, Fla. - In his first game as a major league manager, albeit one that didn’t count in real standings, Brandon Hyde placed zero importance on the final score. As the Orioles readied to take batting practice this morning on another sun-splashed Sarasota day, he sat in the home dugout at Ed Smith Stadium and insisted that he cared only about evaluating the performances. Take
SARASOTA, Fla. - Though the batting order in the first exhibition game shouldn’t be viewed as a precursor to the regular season lineups, Cedric Mullins carried the look of a legitimate leadoff hitter today against the Twins. Mullins walked, stole second base and scored in the first inning, doubled and scored in the third, and singled and scored in the fifth, as the Orioles posted
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde wants his club to be aggressive on the bases this year, a message he’s delivered to them in meetings and through the press. However, he’s also fine with players circling them. Chance Sisco’s first swing today resulted in a three-run homer off Chase De Jong in the bottom of the first inning to provide an early lead. Cedric
SARASOTA, Fla. - The first game for Brandon Hyde as a major league manager has arrived today. Does a win or loss really matter to him? “No, not at all, zero,” he replied while sitting in the home dugout at Ed Smith Stadium. Let’s remember that it’s spring training and other goals rank higher in the pecking order. “It’s 100 percent about what we just
SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Trumbo said he isn’t expecting to make his Grapefruit League debut this spring for a few more weeks, the process of recovering from September knee surgery continuing to play out. Trumbo has intensified his workouts in spring training, but the Orioles are being careful with him. “There’s going to be a few tests to pass before. A safe bet would probably
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde is kicking off the first exhibition game this afternoon by sitting some of the regulars. First baseman Chris Davis, infielder Jonathan Villar and left fielder Trey Mancini are out of the lineup. Mancini said he knew in advance and is playing Sunday against the Blue Jays. The same must be true of Davis and Villar. Stevie Wilkerson gets
SARASOTA, Fla. - Just as it’s unwise to read too much into the choice of a starting pitcher for the first exhibition game, the same applies to the order of the hitters and where certain players are positioned in the field. The leadoff hitter today against the Twins may be lowered or excluded Sunday versus the Blue Jays. The catcher isn’t assured of breaking camp
SARASOTA - Richard Bleier has no idea when he’s going to pitch in an exhibition game. The euphoria he felt after today’s live batting practice session should carry him for a while. Facing hitters for the first time since June 13, prior to his lat surgery, Bleier broke out his entire arsenal and reported no discomfort or noticeable rust. “I’m very happy with how it
SARASOTA, Fla. - The final workout this morning before the Orioles dive into their exhibition schedule included left-hander Richard Bleier’s first opportunity to face hitters since undergoing lat surgery in June. Bleier threw 20 pitches on the Ed Smith Stadium mound, with Cedric Mullins, Jace Peterson, Eric Young Jr. and Andrew Susac serving as the batters. “Great day for Bleier,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “I’m
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles starter Andrew Cashner knew about the club’s decision to hire Doug Brocail as pitching coach days before the news leaked. He kept it to himself, his approval muted until he arrived in camp. He wasn’t going to be the one to break the story. They have a history. Cashner posted a 3.40 ERA in 28 starts with the Rangers in 2017
SARASOTA, Fla. - Trey Mancini walked out of the cage today, passed Hunter Harvey in front of the bench and suggested that the right-hander stick with everything that he’s doing in camp. If it ain’t broke ... Mancini was smiling as he said it, a touch of sarcasm sprinkled in after Harvey locked him up during live batting practice. “He looked really good,” Mancini said
SARASOTA, Fla. - Jonathan Villar said this morning that he expects to play second base for the Orioles this season. Not his preferred spot in the infield, but it keeps him in the lineup. The signing of Alcides Escobar to a minor league deal and the presence of other shortstop candidates in camp make it more likely that Villar stays at second, where he made
SARASOTA, Fla. - The swings keep coming on the main and back fields. Baseballs are launched over fences, one slamming into the metal roof of the indoor batting cage beyond Camden Yards South. Failure to square them up brings a quick and audible scolding from the man who’s holding the bat. The man who can’t escape the attention and scrutiny as another spring training unfolds.
SARASOTA, Fla. - Yefry Ramírez has been tabbed to start the Orioles’ first exhibition game Saturday afternoon against the Twins at Ed Smith Stadium. “I feel great. Very excited when I was told about the news,” Ramirez said via translator Ramón Alarcón. “It makes he feel really good having this opportunity, so I feel there’s a priority in order and I’m looking to try to
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles held their annual Photo Day this morning at Ed Smith Stadium before taking the field for stretching and workouts. No media access until later today. The schedule doesn’t show any bullpen or live batting practice sessions for the pitchers. Jimmy Yacabonis is on a starter’s routine in camp, including two turns of live BP. Relievers were held to one. As
SARASOTA, Fla. - A leisurely stroll for minor league infielder Drew Jackson turned into a joy ride. With a couple of crazy turns along the way. Jackson was left unprotected by the Dodgers in the Rule 5 draft, held on the final day of baseball’s annual Winter Meetings, and the Phillies selected him with the 11th overall pick. “My phone started blowing up,” he said.
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde continues to rotate players at different positions in camp. Heads can spin trying to track them. Ryan Mountcastle, Chris Bostick and Jace Peterson worked out at third base this morning on the Earl Weaver “Little” Field. Rio Ruiz and Steve Wilkerson moved to first base. Rule 5 picks Richie Martin and Drew Jackson were stationed at shortstop. Zach
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles made another waiver claim this afternoon, selecting Josh Osich from the Giants, while also adding a fifth left-handed reliever to their 40-man roster. Osich, 30, joins Richard Bleier, Tanner Scott, Paul Fry and Donnie Hart. Non-roster southpaws Sean Gilmartin and Chris Lee also are in camp. Infielder Hanser Alberto has been designated for assignment to make room for Osich on
SARASOTA, Fla. - Infielder Alcides Escobar is in Orioles camp this morning and taking his physical. He’s been assigned uniform No. 1. Rule 5 pick Richie Martin sits next to him in the clubhouse. He’s also been assigned No. 1. My guess here is that Martin will be changing numbers. Four fields will be used again today for living batting practice. Alex Cobb, Yefry Ramírez
SARASOTA, Fla. - With veteran infielder Alcides Escobar expected in the clubhouse this morning, the Orioles media will have an easy note or main story teed up on the second day of full-squad workouts. Escobar was traveling yesterday, his arrival increasing to 60 the number of players in camp. The roster holds 62, including catcher Jesús Sucre and pitcher Gregory Infante, who remain in Venezuela.
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles turned in their busiest day of spring training with early meetings and lingering physicals followed by stretching and the first full-squad workout of camp. Players were spread over every field at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Live batting practice was held in the stadium and on fields 2-4. “We’re getting guys going, getting ready for games,” said manager Brandon Hyde.
SARASOTA, Fla. - The first full-squad workout today will feature 14 pitchers throwing live batting practice spread over four fields. Andrew Cashner, Dylan Bundy and Sean Gilmartin will throw off the Ed Smith Stadium mound. Nathan Karns, David Hess, Hunter Harvey and Cody Carroll are grouped together. So are Luis Ortiz, Dillon Tate, Evan Phillips and Tanner Scott. Gabriel Ynoa, Branden Kline and Jimmy Yacabonis
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have reached another spring mile marker today with the first full-squad workout. Every player is in camp except for infielder Alcides Escobar, who’s expected to report later today, catcher Jesús Sucre and pitcher Gregory Infante - the latter two stuck in Venezuela for visa and health reasons. “(Today) definitely does step it up a notch. There’s no doubt,” said manager
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles aren’t suffering from a shortage of infielders in camp. Major league and minor league deals. Guys come off the 40-man roster, clear waivers and receive invites. Bringing in Alcides Escobar raises the infield total to 14 and most of them can man the middle. No one has been anointed as the starter at third base, shortstop or second base. “I
SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Eric Young Jr. and infielders Hanser Alberto and Steve Wilkerson reported to Orioles camp this morning, leaving infielders Jonathan Villar and Alcides Escobar as the only position players who haven’t arrived. Escobar signed a minor league deal yesterday and might not get here until Monday’s first full-squad workout. Young, who’s been assigned No. 28, also received a minor league contract with
SARASOTA, Fla. - The arrival of veteran infielder Alcides Escobar in Orioles camp, whether today or by Monday’s first full-squad workout, will require him to field questions along with ground balls. Why the Orioles, who are in a full rebuild that’s been made public and can turn off a player whose career is winding down? Is it because of the late date, or maybe an
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles made a move this afternoon that intensified the shortstop and utility competition. Alcides Escobar agreed to terms on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training as the first full-squad workout unfolds on Monday. He can earn $700,000 if playing for the Orioles. The rebuild doesn’t preclude executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias from bringing a
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said he anticipates having everyone in camp Sunday besides catcher Jesús Sucre and pitcher Gregory Infante, who remain in Venezuela. The first full-squad workout will be held Monday. Jonathan Villar, Steve Wilkerson, Eric Young Jr. and Hanser Alberto haven’t reported. An illness is preventing Infante from boarding a flight to the United States. “What I just heard this
SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielders Yusniel Díaz and DJ Stewart, third baseman Ryan Mountcastle and infielder Jack Reinheimer have reported early to camp. Among position players still marked absent are infielders Jonathan Villar, Steve Wilkerson and Hanser Alberto and outfielder Eric Young Jr. They aren’t required to be at the ballpark until Monday’s full-squad workout. Outfielder Austin Hays arrived yesterday and took batting practice on the
SARASOTA, Fla. - Among the early observations from Orioles spring training are how the workouts are packed with activity but also moving at a brisk pace, not a single minute wasted, and laptop screens are hard to see in bright sunlight. On the latter subject, the increase in technology and data collection is playing out before our eyes while pitchers complete their bullpen sessions on
SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis knew it was coming. He hadn’t reported to Orioles camp, at least according to the media’s unofficial count, after vowing to arrive early. The most critical of fans had more ammunition. Talk radio came after him, too. Davis said he’s been in Sarasota since Saturday afternoon, but an illness kept him away from his teammates. He didn’t want to be
SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis is in camp and he’ll speak with the media in a few minutes. There seems to be an obsession over his report date. Position players aren’t due until Sunday. “We’ve talked on the phone a few times, got to see him in person at FanFest, talked to him this morning. So it’s been all positive,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “I
SARASOTA, Fla. - More position players arrived in Orioles camp this morning, including infielder Jace Peterson and outfielders Joey Rickard, Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander. In case I neglected to mention him earlier, third baseman Rio Ruiz also is in camp ahead of Monday’s first full-squad workout. Alex Cobb showed up earlier with the pitchers and catchers, the circumstances so different from those last spring.
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Pedro Araujo has new eyes casting their gaze upon him in camp. This could be a good thing. This could be a bad thing. Starting with the good, Araujo couldn’t handle the jump last summer from the Single-A Carolina League to the majors as a Rule 5 pick. He was overmatched and underwhelming, with the club stashing him on the
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles play their first spring training game on Feb. 23 in Sarasota and MASN is providing full coverage as part of its exhibition schedule. Seven games will air on the network, beginning with the opener against the Twins at 1 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium. Six more home games follow on MASN: March 3 against the Detroit Tigers at 3 p.m.;
SARASOTA, Fla. - In his first spring training as a major league manager, Brandon Hyde is bringing some of his previous tactics while running camps to the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota. Music blared as the Orioles came onto the field for early stretching and warm-ups, the play list including two Pearl Jam songs, and the tunes switched to country later in the morning.
SARASOTA, Fla. - Dean Kremer, the Orioles right-hander who led the minors in strikeouts last summer, is unable to work out in camp due to a strained left oblique. Kremer sustained the injury two weeks ago while working out at home and expects to be out for two more weeks. “I’ve got a slow recovery coming back, but I should be back in a couple
SARASOTA, Fla. - Pitchers have a tendency to avoid the American League East as if it’s a contagious disease. Especially the ones who are attempting a comeback and willing to accept a one-year deal in order to reestablish their value on the free agent market. Then there’s Nathan Karns, who preferred a team like the Orioles, based on their division. As crazy as it might
SARASOTA, Fla. - About a month before Trey Mancini arrived at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, he received a text from Orioles catcher Chance Sisco that included a photo of his locker inside the home clubhouse. Mancini had moved down to the end of the row. In the corner where Adam Jones always resided in spring training. Sacred baseball ground. With only two full seasons
SARASOTA, Fla. - The rain and chill in the air didn’t prevent the Orioles from having a productive first workout for their pitchers and catchers. It just had the beat crew scrambling to find warmth. I’ll say it again: Florida cold is different than anywhere else. Same temperature in Baltimore and I’d be sleeveless. Richard Bleier broke out his cutter for his latest bullpen session.
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles held their workout today for pitchers and catchers in a steady drizzle. Electronic equipment set up behind the mounds - laptops and high-speed video cameras - were covered with towels. “I think we got fortunate,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “We had all kinds of Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, depending on the weather, and fortunate to get the bullpens
SARASOTA, Fla. - Rain has been falling all morning in Sarasota and it could impact the first workout for Orioles pitchers and catchers at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. They’ll attempt to head outdoors if the proverbial window opens. Former Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph has signed a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks worth a guaranteed $1.1 million. He turned down the Orioles’ offer of a
SARASOTA, Fla. - The report date for pitchers and catchers at Orioles camp yesterday didn’t preclude a handful of position players from showing up. Mark Trumbo hit, threw and shagged fly balls on the Camden Yards replica field. Outfielder Ryan McKenna, utility candidate Chris Bostick, infielder Zach Vincej and Rule 5 infielder Richie Martin were in the clubhouse for media availability, and I heard that
SARASOTA, Fla. - Much of today’s activity at the Ed Smith Stadium complex happened out of the media’s view. Behind closed doors. Without the sounds of batting practice or games of catch. Players met individually with executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias, manager Brandon Hyde and the coaches. Assistant general manager Sig Mejdal got the analytics ball rolling. A rebuild and brand new
SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Trumbo took batting practice this morning on the replica Camden Yards field, testing out his surgically repaired right knee and gaining a truer sense of the rebuild that’s unfolding around him. “I was probably seven or eight years older than anybody in the cage today,” he said, drawing laughter from the media at his locker. Not that the 33-year-old Trumbo has
SARASOTA, Fla. - The first official day of Orioles camp is Wednesday morning, but players took batting practice, shagged fly balls and did some running earlier today on the back fields. A nice turnout before noon. Position players already here include Mark Trumbo, Trey Mancini and Mike Yastrzemski. Mancini has been assigned Adam Jones’ old locker in the far corner of the clubhouse. Jones’ absence
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles pitchers and catchers report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex today, an official date that doesn’t preclude anyone from showing up early. The place isn’t surrounded by a moat - unless there’s heavy rain, because it’s Florida and a little flooding is required by state law. Security guards will allow entrance to employees. The days of players waiting until the final
SARASOTA, Fla. - Seeking a veteran outfielder to compete for a job in spring training, the Orioles have signed Eric Young Jr. to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to major league camp, according to an industry source. Young, who turns 34 in May, is a career .245/.312/.332 hitter in 10 major league seasons. He appeared in 41 games with the Angels last
The demise of baseball’s offseason began with two cancelled flights today to Tampa, leading to the great race last night to the airport. Still plenty of time to compile a list of spring training story ideas and top candidates to be stalked at their lockers and on the back fields at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Chris Davis is going to be asked again and
I’m drawing closer to again making it through an offseason without running out of material. There were some narrow escapes along the way, especially with no media access to minicamp, but here we are, days away from the steady flow of spring training reports. I’m sitting on some leftovers, which can get messy. A comfortable chair would make more sense. For example, here’s Trey Mancini
The week began with me still convinced that the Orioles would sign or trade for a veteran starter before opening day to occupy a spot in the middle or back end of the rotation. And because of this, I’ve been hesitant to go all-in while discussing camp competitions and ranking the favorites. News broke on Thursday that the Orioles signed right-hander Nate Karns to a
The Orioles announced their 2019 minor league staffs this morning and the composition of their player development department, with many of the changes and returns already reported. Gary Kendall moves up from Double-A Bowie to manage Triple-A Norfolk, with Mike Griffin returning as pitching coach and Butch Davis as hitting coach. Ramon Sambo is serving as field coach after holding the same title with short-season
On a normal day in an offseason that’s been light on significant Orioles roster news, the signing of pitcher Nate Karns to a one-year deal would have lit up the social media switchboard. The conversations would have touched on his chances of filling a spot in the rotation, his injury history, the pros and cons of a low-risk move that eliminated infielder Jack Reinheimer from
The man who is credited with teaching the Orioles how to win is being mourned today throughout the baseball industry. The words hit especially close to home in Baltimore. The pain digs especially deep. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson has passed away after a lengthy battle with bone cancer. He was 83. Updates on the severity of Robinson’s condition began to circulate at the Winter
Vowing back in December to proceed slowly through the free agent market while seeking to upgrade the roster, Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias has acquired his first player on a major league deal. Veteran right-hander Nate Karns has agreed to a one-year contract guaranteeing $800,000 with a possible $200,000 in incentives based on innings pitched, according to an industry source. Karns,
The media at FanFest was treated to the availability of 27 players and six coaches for interviews in the workroom on the third level of the Baltimore Convention Center, along with executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias and manager Brandon Hyde. The Orioles PR staff spoiled us again, making it easy to gather notes and quotes in a comfortable setting. The only unexpected
One of the offseason trends for the Orioles involves the hiring of college coaches to minor league positions, and the announcements coming via their Twitter accounts. Social media working its magic again. The latest confirmation arrived Tuesday night, with Matt Trate tweeting that “my family and I are looking forward to the next chapter with @Orioles as I have accepted a position as a MiLB
The inviting storylines awaiting the media at spring training, less than a week before it begins, include the competitions at third base and right field and behind the plate. Other candidates can be tossed into the mix as executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias attempts to swing a few trades and/or snatches up a couple of free agents lingering on another sluggish market.
With exactly one week remaining before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, the Orioles are applying the finishing touches to the construction of their minor league staffs and an announcement is coming within the next few days. Certainly before I board my Monday flight to Sarasota. What do we know? Well, let’s start with Gary Kendall, who’s replacing Ron Johnson as manager at Triple-A
The Austin Brice era with the Orioles was fleeting. It lasted about a month. The Marlins have claimed Brice off waivers after the Orioles designated him for assignment on Jan. 28 to create a spot for infielder Jack Reinheimer on the 40-man roster. Reinheimer was claimed off waivers from the Rangers. The Orioles claimed Brice from the Angels on Jan. 4 and designated infielder Breyvic
The curiosity over manager Brandon Hyde’s first spring training with the Orioles is building as the days melt away in the winter cold. How much will it resemble or differ from past years under former manager Buck Showalter? The instruction, hours spent on the field, player availability to the media. All of the important stuff. Hyde explained at FanFest why Orioles camp won’t duplicate how
Though the Orioles coaching staff lacks anyone with managerial experience in the majors, resumes include handling the same job and responsibilities in the minors. One example is first base coach Arnie Beyeler, who spent the past three seasons guiding Triple-A New Orleans in the Marlins system. He also managed in the Red Sox system and led Triple-A Pawtucket to the Governors’ Cup championship in 2012
Time remains in the offseason to break down the top storylines of spring training, the most anticipated interviews, the most intense competitions, the best and worst of everything. The dissections will cut deep. The repetition that usually follows will numb the mind. The locker belonging to pitcher Branden Kline is going to attract media despite the interviews he gave last weekend at FanFest and Thursday
Beyond the outside hires that have been made public via Twitter, the Orioles also are shuffling minor league personnel to fill vacancies at multiple levels of their farm system. The Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk has announced the promotion of manager Gary Kendall, 55, from Double-A Bowie. Kendall will replace Ron Johnson. Buck Britton, 32, is moving up from low Single-A Delmarva to Bowie as Kendall’s
The Orioles’ search for a veteran catcher to toss into the spring training competition led them to Jesús Sucre, who has agreed to terms on a minor league deal. The announcement came this afternoon. Sucre’s contract includes an invitation to major league camp and guarantees $850,000 if he makes the club. USA Today reported that the deal also includes a March 22 opt-out date. The
In a spring training that’s going to spew its share of storylines and curiosities for the media, one of the major ones involves the Rule 5 picks and how many the Orioles are willing to stash on the 25-man roster. They kept two for the bullpen last year in Pedro Araujo and Nestor Cortes Jr., the latter designated for assignment in April and returned to