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Hyde on Davis, Iglesias, Stewart, Eshelman and more

Now that Chris Davis has rejoined the Orioles after a two-game absence, he’s likely to make it back into the lineup Saturday night against Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow. Davis is on the bench tonight and available to play. And the speculation that swirled while he stayed home can be grounded. He didn’t test positive for COVID-19 or opt out. “He feels good,” manager Brandon Hyde

Orioles and Rays lineups

Chris Davis is out of tonight’s lineup, but he’s back with the Orioles. Davis confirmed in a Zoom call this afternoon that he had had a low fever due to a sinus infection. He underwent about eight tests for COVID-19 in the past few days that came back negative. Davis is on the bench against Rays left-hander Blake Snell. Shortstop José Iglesias remains day-to-day with

Davis could return to Orioles tonight

The Orioles might be back to a full roster for tonight’s series opener against the Rays at Camden Yards after playing a man down for the past two games. Chris Davis could be cleared to rejoin the team after being kept at home for precautionary reasons, according to an industry source. Davis hasn’t tested positive for COVID-19, but he ran a low fever Wednesday morning

Orioles down 5-4 in sixth with game in rain delay (O’s lose 8-6)

Very little about the 2020 baseball season is going to approach normal, let alone fit the description like an oiled glove. Having John Means start for the Orioles tonight came pretty close. At least the moment that the bullpen gate swung open and he walked onto the field. The strict pitch count and expectations that he’d work three or four innings lent an unusual twist

Notes on Davis, Iglesias, rotation and more

First baseman Chris Davis remains away from the Orioles as they finish their two-game series against the Yankees at Camden Yards. He also was absent from the ballpark last night. Manager Brandon Hyde isn’t allowed to provide specific information on Davis, who’s likely under COVID-19 protocol. The Orioles haven’t replaced him on the active roster. “C.D. is still unavailable today,” Hyde said during his Zoom

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

The Orioles reinstated John Means from the 10-day injured list this afternoon and optioned reliever Cody Carroll to the alternate camp. Carroll, who has faced nine batters and retired only one, left the ballpark shortly before 3 p.m. Chris Davis and José Iglesias are out of the lineup. The Orioles aren’t explaining Davis’ absence. Iglesias, who had an RBI double last night, is dealing with

This, that and the other

Orioles reliever Hunter Harvey left the alternate camp site in Bowie yesterday and joined his teammates at Camden Yards for the home opener. He arrived at the ballpark around 3 p.m. and headed through the gate reserved for players. Harvey was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain and won’t be activated today. However, left-hander John Means is coming off the

Home runs hurt Orioles again in home opener (updated)

The orange carpet wasn’t unrolled tonight at Camden Yards. Players walked out of the dugouts and lined up sans the traditional introductions. The only bunting used was intended to advance a runner. The Orioles held their home opener in understated fashion, adapting to the new policies implemented because of the coronavirus pandemic. A video played at 7:12 p.m. celebrating baseball’s return but also calling for

Orioles trying to feel normal in unusual home opener

The Orioles took batting practice this afternoon on a field that looked as it did for intrasquad games and an exhibition. Nothing to indicate that they were going to hold their home opening day. No pomp due to the circumstances. They didn’t need any frills. They just wanted to get settled in their own ballpark after the scare they received earlier in the week in

Davis away from ballpark for tonight’s home opener

Chris Davis admitted last night that his safety concerns increased after seeing reports of the positive COVID-19 tests among Marlins players. He also said he’d probably wear a mask at first base. Davis gave the impression that he’d be playing in tonight’s home opener against the Yankees, but he’s absent from the lineup and away from the team. Renato Núñez has replaced Davis in the

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Chris Davis is out of the Orioles’ lineup tonight for their first home game of the 2020 season. Renato Núñez is playing first base and Dwight Smith Jr. is the designated hitter. Davis was 1-for-11 with an RBI double in Boston. José Iglesias continues to bat third. Anthony Santander is one spot ahead of him. DJ Stewart is in left field. Orioles pitchers haven’t issued

Orioles trade Velázquez to Astros for PTBNL (plus other notes)

Already outrighted off the 40-man roster and removed from the player pool, reliever Hector Velázquez is now leaving the Orioles organization. He never got to throw a pitch for them in a spring training, summer exhibition or regular season game. The Orioles traded Velázquez to the Astros this afternoon for a player to be named later. Claimed off waivers from the Red Sox on March

Orioles resuming season against team that tortured them in 2019

Momentum in baseball is the next day’s starting pitcher. We must remind ourselves as the Orioles sit on their back-to-back wins in Boston. They could have rolled into Miami and been toppled by Pablo López, who registered a 3.39 ERA, 1.084 WHIP and .229 average against in 11 home starts last summer, compared to a 7.36 ERA, 1.448 WHIP and .299 average-against in 10 starts

Davis: “I would say I’m definitely a little bit more concerned”

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde was able to joke tonight about his experience Monday at the team hotel in Miami, how he ordered a delicious cheeseburger for lunch with a side of sweet potato fries. He definitely recommends the fries. Hyde was preparing for a game but instructed his players to stay near their phones. Don’t leave their rooms. And take advantage of the 24-hour food

Orioles could be hosting Yankees this week (updated)

The 2020 season is about to get weirder. The Marlins have been shut down this week due to an increasing number of positive tests for COVID-19, which forced the postponement of both games against the Orioles in Miami. The teams are supposed to play Wednesday and Thursday night at Camden Yards, but more postponements are in the works. Rather than stay idle, the Orioles could

Orioles left playing waiting game rather than Marlins

Safety comes first. Before a winning series, before the standings, before anything relating to balls and strikes. The Orioles were stuck in their hotel in Miami yesterday unsure whether they’d play the following night or receive clearance to fly back to Baltimore. Less than a week into a truncated season that offers little flexibility, they had gone from summer training camp to the danger zone.

Manfred says Orioles and Marlins won’t play Tuesday night

The Orioles won’t be the visiting team against the Marlins in their home ballpark. Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed tonight on MLB Network that Tuesday’s game also has been postponed and won’t be moved to Camden Yards. Manfred indicated that the next game could be played Wednesday night, which begins the Orioles’ first home series of the truncated season, if COVID-19 testing on the Marlins produces

Orioles-Marlins game has been postponed (latest update)

The Orioles made it through three games before COVID-19 impacted their schedule and perhaps a truncated season. Tonight’s game with the Marlins in Miami has been canceled, with confirmation coming from a team official. The clubs were supposed to play twice in Miami before the home-and-home series shifted to Baltimore. But at least 14 Marlins have tested positive, including 12 players, according to an ESPN

More on Iglesias batting third and whether Cobb is a trade chip

José Iglesias might not have noticed the reaction on social media to the Orioles’ opening day lineup. Impossible for me to miss it. Twitter had a field day with manager Brandon Hyde’s decision to bat Iglesias third. Fans and media partied on it. The lineup should have been written on a cornhole board. What does it say about this team that Iglesias is the No.

Orioles leave Boston with two wins (updated)

Maybe an expanded postseason field in 2020 doesn’t impact the Orioles because they would have kept playing into October no matter the setup. They don’t need any favors. Or maybe it’s just a series win in Boston. Whatever. A team that posted the second-worst record in baseball last summer and is engaged in a lengthy and painful rebuild process is having a little fun and

Elias on player pool, alternate camp and Mountcastle (plus notes)

The Orioles are discussing how they’ll proceed with their 60-man player pool that currently has five open spots. The next meeting is going to be held on Monday, according to executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias. The vacancies exist by design as the club determines how to fill them in order to provide insurance for the major league club and instruction for prospects.

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Orioles third baseman Rio Ruiz moves up to the cleanup spot for today’s rubber match in Boston. Ruiz is batting in the fourth slot for the 10th time in his career. Manager Brandon Hyde is going with his left-handed-hitting lineup against Red Sox right-hander Ryan Weber. Hanser Alberto moves down to fifth in the order, with Chris Davis sixth. Chance Sisco is behind the plate

Phillips veers away from injured list during shutdown

The manipulation of a prolonged baseball shutdown and the changes created in roster projections has a glowing example residing inside the Orioles bullpen. Evan Phillips is sitting in it. Phillips was a slam-dunk resident of the injured list back in March, when elbow soreness led to an MRI, a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles and some bleak news. No surgery was

Cobb dazzles in 7-2 win, Means provides positive news (updated)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said that he wanted to flush last night’s loss. His team almost clogged the bases early this afternoon. Alex Cobb, making his first start since April 26, 2019, was handed a three-run lead before he stepped on the mound and carried a shutout into the sixth in a 7-2 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Cobb had pinpoint control

Notes on Harvey, lineup trend, bullpen, Cobb and more

Orioles reliever Hunter Harvey won’t come off the 10-day injured list when he’s eligible on Thursday, with manager Brandon Hyde noting that the right-hander is improving but still facing a number of tests. Players on the injured list, including John Means and Dillon Tate, have moved to the alternate camp site in Bowie. Harvey is shelved with a right forearm strain that’s been described as

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Hanser Alberto moves up to second in the Orioles lineup today versus a left-handed starter and Anthony Santander shifts to left field and bats cleanup. Cedric Mullins is the right fielder against the Red Sox, who are sending left-hander Martín Pérez to the mound. Pat Valaika is replacing Rio Ruiz at third base. Ruiz homered last night in a 13-2 loss. Chris Davis moves down

A different kind of opening day

Well, that was weird. But also the beginning of a new routine. I can’t remember the last opening day spent at my home. Maybe in 1996 because I wasn’t on the beat, though I could have been part of the overflow coverage at my former newspaper. More likely in 1995 with the Orioles in Kansas City. The openers at Camden Yards, Tropicana Field and Yankee

Orioles drop opener to Red Sox 13-2 (updated)

The Orioles formed a row along the third base line tonight while waiting for the playing of the national anthem. One of baseball’s long-standing traditions that brought each of them to one knee. They clutched the long black ribbon that’s been unfurled in ballparks as a symbol of the racial reckoning that’s happening in the United States. Rising to their feet, the Orioles moved closer

Notes on rotation, taxi squad, opening day, Davis’ outlook and more

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde is trying to set up the rest of his rotation without No 1. starter John Means, who’s on the injured list with left shoulder fatigue. He appears to have made decisions through the first road trip. Alex Cobb and Wade LeBlanc start the last two games in Boston and Asher Wojciechowki gets the ball for Monday night’s series opener against the

Orioles and Red Sox lineups, Hector Velázquez outrighted

The Orioles are opening their season in Boston tonight for the first time since 1966 and they’re sending out a lineup that includes Austin Hays leading off and José Iglesias batting third. Iglesias has hit third in two career games before tonight. Anthony Santander is slotted in between Hays and Iglesias. Chris Davis is fifth and Hanser Alberto sixth. DJ Stewart gets the start in

Mancini focused on health as Orioles open season without him

Trey Mancini can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The final chemotherapy treatment and ride from D.C. to Johns Hopkins Hospital. The change in mindset from beating cancer, a fight that leaves him weak and with no appetite for about 48 hours after that trip into Baltimore, to beginning workouts that get him ready for the 2021 baseball season. He’s so close.

Orioles skillfully maneuver 40-man roster

The Orioles demonstrated yesterday how they’re able to do the 40-man roster dance without tripping over their own feet. It was an impressive feat. They had one open spot and a lengthy list of non-roster players competing for jobs, though Stevie Wilkerson dropped out due to a broken finger on his left hand. That’s a lot of traffic and the potential for a massive pileup.

Means on injured list and excluded from 30-man roster

The Orioles will begin the long-awaited 2020 season without their No. 1 starter and projected closer. John Means and Hunter Harvey have been placed on the 10-day injured list. Reliever Dillon Tate also is on the IL - with all three assignments backdated to Monday - but outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. has been activated and made the 30-man roster for Friday night’s opening game against

Orioles inching closer to the opener (updated)

Today marks the final time in 2020 that we can wonder whether the Orioles actually will make it to opening day without the coronavirus pandemic or any assortment of disasters and traumas again shutting down baseball. The completion of a 60-game season remains a dicey proposition, but the 30-man roster will be turned into Major League Baseball by noon, the Orioles will hold an optional

Hunter Harvey appears headed to injured list

Orioles reliever Hunter Harvey won’t be in the visiting bullpen for the opening series against the Red Sox, his next move appearing to be the 10-day injured list instead of the closer’s role. Harvey is bothered by some tightness in his elbow that manager Brandon Hyde described as “muscular,” which reduces the level of concern but also prevents the former first-round draft selection from remaining

Milone on unexpected opportunity to be opening day starter

This isn’t how it was supposed to happen. Tommy Milone didn’t sign a minor league contract with the Orioles in February, a late arrival to their spring training camp in Sarasota, with the idea that he’d make the opening day start. He just wanted to make the club. In one of the sports’ unpredictable and, depending on the depth of your sentimental slant, charming twists,

Orioles moving on to finalization of roster for opening day

The Orioles must turn in their opening day roster by noon Thursday and decide whether anyone else is headed for the injured list. They must sort through the pile of ailing players and figure out if it’s smarter to just remove guys from the pool and send them to the alternate camp in Bowie. It’s a job so big, they should hire interns. Infielder Richie

Orioles left with 6-4 loss to Nationals in rain-shortened exhibition

WASHINGTON - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde broke out a version of his lineup tonight that could be used against left-handed starters. Not a carbon copy necessarily, but a close reproduction. Dilson Herrera has to earn a spot on the roster and a chance to play left field, but there’s preview potential in the final exhibition game. Austin Hays will lead off under any circumstances, as

Milone replaces Means as opening day starter

For the second season in a row, the Orioles must switch opening day starters and deny the winner of the competition his first career assignment. John Means has been scratched with left arm fatigue and replaced by veteran left-hander Tommy Milone. Manager Brandon Hyde made the announcement earlier today in his Zoom conference call, delivering news that was anticipated for the past few days. Means

Orioles lineup vs. Nationals

The Orioles will take another look at utility candidate Dilson Herrera in left field tonight as they conclude their three-game exhibition schedule against the Nationals in D.C. Herrera played right field and second base last night at Camden Yards. His chances of making the club increased with news that Stevie Wilkerson suffered a fractured bone in his left ring finger. Austin Hays returns to the

Orioles must make decision on Means

The Orioles should know later today whether left-hander John Means is making the opening night start at Fenway Park. They can’t wait any longer because he’ll need to throw for a couple of days without any arm discomfort. Has to prove that he can do it. A dose of good news would lift their spirits. This team is crawling to the starting line. Contingency plans

Cobb impressive early, Santander with two hits in 4-2 loss (updated)

Alex Cobb knows the pain of being unable to start on opening day for the first time because an injury ruined the experience. He can sympathize with left-hander John Means, whose assignment in Boston is in jeopardy due to arm fatigue. Cobb isn’t a candidate to replace Means because he stood on the mound tonight with baseball in hand and his own, more modest goal,

Orioles still don’t know whether John Means can start opener

The Orioles are waiting to find out the results of Stevie Wilkerson’s visit today to a hand specialist and should be able to gather more information later this afternoon. Wilkerson had swelling in his left ring finger after making a diving catch last night in Philadelphia. He’s become a candidate for the injured list. John Means isn’t throwing while trying to work through a dead-arm

Santander in Orioles lineup vs. Nationals

Anthony Santander is in the Orioles’ exhibition lineup tonight against the Nationals, making the start in right field after reporting to camp last week. Santander was late after testing positive for COVID-19, but the Orioles are optimistic that he can get ready for Friday night’s opener in Boston. DJ Stewart is leading off and Cedric Mullins, who homered last night in Philadelphia, is in center

Valdez and Herrera making surprising bids for opening day roster

One of the more startling developments of summer training camp beyond John Means’ dead-arm period is the potential crashing of the opening day roster projection party. Who invited César Valdez and Dilson Herrera? It feels like they carpooled and brought their own keg. The odds of Valdez’s making the trip to Boston for Friday night’s opener were placed at a “hard no” back in March,

Wilkerson seeing hand specialist after leaving game with injury

Stevie Wilkerson’s bid to break summer camp with the Orioles as one of their super-utility players was hurt tonight in Philadelphia. Wilkerson is going to see a hand specialist to determine the cause of the swelling in his left ring finger. He made a diving catch in the bottom of the second inning to rob the Phillies’ Jean Segura and came out of the game.

Updating Means, exhibition pitchers and more

The Orioles remain uncertain about John Means’ status for opening day, though there’s been improvement in the condition of his left arm. Manager Brandon Hyde said the club remains in day-to-day mode with Means. “He felt a lot better today,” Hyde said during his Zoom conference call with the media. “Has done a lot of treatment today. We haven’t made a decision on that yet,

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies

The Orioles will play their first summer training camp exhibition game tonight with Austin Hays leading off and Pat Valaika handling the shortstop position at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. José Iglesias’ exclusion from the lineup is the only surprise. He didn’t play in last night’s final intrasquad game and received treatment for a sore back earlier in camp. Hanser Alberto, who’s been a presence

Iglesias offering more than defense in summer camp

The only way to cool down José Iglesias in summer training camp is to offer him a seat in the dugout and keep him there. Point the big fan at him. Assuming those kind are permitted inside the ballpark. Iglesias brought a stellar defensive reputation to the organization after signing over the winter. One plus is inadequate when describing him. He’s treating camp as if

Taylor Davis and Austin Hays hit back-to-back intrasquad homers

The Orioles played their final intrasquad game tonight at Camden Yards. Major League Baseball keeps chugging forward in its quest to begin the 2020 season. For the Orioles to reach opening day against the Red Sox, they first must play three exhibition games and hold a workout Wednesday in Baltimore. They’ll head to Boston the following day. They aren’t out of the woods, but they’re

Means scratched from Sunday exhibition with arm fatigue

Just as the Orioles managed to fill out their summer camp roster with outfielders Anthony Santander and Dwight Smith Jr. returning to Camden Yards this week, they’ve become unsure about the availability of their No. 1 starter on opening day. Left-hander John Means has been scratched from Sunday night’s exhibition game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park due to a fatigued arm. Thomas Eshelman

Updates on Dwight Smith Jr. and Richie Martin

Orioles outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. confirmed this afternoon that his absence from summer training camp was based on a positive test for COVID-19. Smith began workouts yesterday by tracking pitches. “I had to run a lot of tests to make sure everything was running well with my body and also keeping my distance from everybody in this locker room, so we all had to do

Delays for Santander and Smith could mean starts for Stewart

Rio Ruiz’s fly ball was slicing toward the left field line. DJ Stewart was racing to it. Could have been a double, could have been an out with flair. Could have been an injury to Stewart, who made a sensational diving catch and really felt it. Stewart rose to his feet and bent forward for a couple of seconds. He straightened, reached for his right

Valdez impressive in intrasquad (MASN airing two exhibitions)

Asher Wojciechowski made his latest bid tonight to stay in the Orioles rotation by starting for the orange team, designated as the hosts, in the penultimate intrasquad game at Camden Yards. Never read too much into a scrimmage, whether or not it’s accompanied by recorded crowd noise and walkup music, but Wojciechowski is lined up to serve as the No. 4 starter behind John Means,

Dwight Smith Jr. reports to summer training camp

The Orioles have a full camp roster at Camden Yards with outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. reporting today. The club hasn’t explained Smith’s absence, but it’s tied to COVID-19 testing. He’s been quarantined prior to his return to the ballpark. Manager Brandon Hyde, on his daily Zoom conference call with the media, said Smith tracked pitches earlier today. “We’ll be working him into our workouts going

O’s must get creative again with players shut out of camps

The Orioles are streaming players from their summer training camp site at Camden Yards to the facility in Bowie, offering some hints about their intentions at a couple of positions. Players aren’t trapped inside Prince George’s Stadium. The Orioles can bring them back as options for the opening day roster. But they’ve tumbled down the power rankings. While the Bowie camp is set up to

Orioles turn up volume on intrasquad game

Chris Davis sent a fly ball over the fence in right-center field tonight, a high drive off southpaw Wade LeBlanc in the top of the first inning. Fans could be heard cheering, though none were planted in the seats. DJ Stewart crossed the plate ahead of Davis after his walk and they tapped spikes instead of fists or elbows. Shoes are deemed safe. Davis was

Updates on Tate, Martin, Blach and more

Orioles reliever Dillon Tate remains day-to-day with inflammation in his right elbow, an injury that occurred after he was struck by Pat Valaika’s comebacker during Friday night’s intrasquad game. Tate is trying to win a job in job in the bullpen, but he’s losing valuable innings. “Still having some soreness, still hasn’t thrown yet,” manager Brandon Hyde said earlier this afternoon in his Zoom conference

Wojciechowski on camp, the rotation and his message

As Orioles starter Asher Wojciechowski increases his innings and pitch count in camp, he’d also like to tear down the stigma of a rebuilding club and the narrative that he perceives as following it through the summer. He can stomach the lowered expectations within the industry. But don’t question the heart. “We all believe in ourselves,” he said today in a Zoom conference call with

Work on extra-inning situations continues at Camden Yards

The Orioles closed yesterday’s workout by again simulating an extra-inning situation. A runner on second base and no outs. Pressure applied to the hitters and the defense. Be satisfied with an RBI or a putout, depending on your point of view. John Means wasn’t subjected to the same treatment during Tuesday’s night’s intrasquad game - it was reserved for the four relievers - but the

Orioles select contracts of LeBlanc and Milone

The Orioles appear to have made a couple of important roster decisions as they approach opening day. The club announced tonight that it purchased the contracts of left-handers Wade LeBlanc and Tommy Milone, who are likely to be included on the pitching staff that breaks summer training camp. LeBlanc is in line to be the No. 3 starter after signing a minor league deal on

Recapping today’s workout, Santander’s second day on the field

The Orioles didn’t play an intrasquad game today, devoting the hours on the field to live batting practice and workout drills. Alex Cobb threw live BP after John Means started last night. Wade LeBlanc is expected to pitch Thursday night to stay in line for the opening series in Boston. Anthony Santander stood in the box against Cobb and appeared to be tracking pitches rather

Santander late arrival in summer training camp due to COVID-19

Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander, made available earlier today to the media, confirmed that he tested positive to COVID-19 after arriving in Baltimore for the intake process and was quarantined for two weeks. Santander said he had “mild” symptoms, which included a low fever, and considers himself lucky. “Now I’m healthy, I’m not contagious, happy to be back on the field with my teammates and ready

Unable to accept the 2020 baseball season as genuine

Major League Baseball is attempting to start up a season. That much we can agree on. Is it a legitimate season? Don’t get me started. I respect most opinions. You won’t sell me on Caddyshack II or Gary Cherone fronting Van Halen. You won’t convince me that a plant-based burger is a burger and zoodles replicate a bowl of pasta. Or that pickleball is equal

Orioles practice extra-inning situations in intrasquad

If rules are going to change in the 2020 season, the Orioles must keep up by implementing special drills in workouts and intrasquad games. This is a matter of baseball survival beyond staying safe in a pandemic. Beginning with Hunter Harvey in the bottom of the first inning, the Orioles sent a succession of relievers to the mound for the “visitors” and placed a runner

Santander cleared for workouts at Camden Yards

Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander has reported to Camden Yards and is participating in this afternoon’s workout. Manager Brandon Hyde didn’t provide any details on Santander’s prolonged absence from summer training camp, which likely has been related to COVID-19 testing. Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. remains absent. The club is rushing to get Santander ready for the July 24 opener against the Red Sox in Boston, with

Orioles add Kremer to player pool and option Velázquez

Another Orioles prospect is taking a dip in the player pool. The team announced today that right-hander Dean Kremer has been added to the 60-man pool and is headed to the alternate training site in Bowie. Pitcher Hector Velázquez, viewed as a long relief candidate when summer training camp began, has been optioned to the alternate site. He’s no longer in the running for a

Hays and Alberto kept in leadoff spot in intrasquad games

As manager Brandon Hyde provides the occasional reminder that it’s still too early to offer a completed lineup projection for opening day, he keeps batting Austin Hays and Hanser Alberto in the leadoff spot during intrasquad games and offering a glimpse at the options that enable him to complete one of the tasks. Proven leadoff hitters aren’t falling from the Orioles’ tree. Hays and Alberto

Mountcastle gets more work in left field, Milone retires 15 of 16

Ryan Mountcastle was given another look in left field tonight for the “visiting” Orioles in their intrasquad game at Camden Yards. Use him before they lose him. Both teams had a full outfield, which in itself is a noteworthy achievement. Mountcastle, Andrew Velazquez and Mason Williams for the team wearing white. DJ Stewart, Austin Hays and Cedric Mullins for the team in orange. Both lineups

Martin and Blach to undergo surgery (plus other notes)

Orioles infielder Richie Martin and pitcher Ty Blach are scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday after suffering injuries last week in summer training camp. The truncated 2020 season will go on without them. Martin is having a procedure to repair a fractured bone in his right wrist. Blach is slated for Tommy John surgery after receiving a second opinion on his sore left elbow. Manager

Roster reductions out of team’s control, Stewart’s rotation candidacy

Camp reductions aren’t supposed to happen due to injury. The Orioles would prefer maintaining control of the process, but it keeps slipping from their grasp. Forty-five players in the pool are supposed to be competing for spots on the 30-man roster for opening day. The rest are headed to the alternate camp in Bowie, with the Orioles having the freedom to call upon them. They

Martin has broken bone in wrist, three spots in rotation appear set

The utility competition in the Orioles’ summer training camp no longer includes Richie Martin, who’s been lost in an unexpected manner. Martin underwent X-rays yesterday afternoon that revealed a fractured bone in his right wrist, an injury that occurred after he collided with first baseman Chris Davis while diving back into the bag during Friday night’s intrasquad game. The former Rule 5 pick held his

Orioles finalize plans to use Bowie stadium as alternate camp site

The final arrangements have been completed on the Orioles’ alternate summer camp site. The club is using the Prince George’s Stadium facility in Bowie, which is the home of the Double-A Baysox. Preparations are ongoing to get the complex ready and the first full workout is expected to be held on Thursday morning. There are 53 players working out at Camden Yards, with the last

Players unable to work out losing chance for opening day roster

Time is running out for players who can’t participate in summer training camp to make the Orioles 30-man opening day roster. Manager Brandon Hyde didn’t reference outfielders Dwight Smith Jr. and Anthony Santander, who have been held out of workouts and intrasquad games - the assumption being that it’s linked to COVID-19 testing - but there are 13 days left before the beginning of the

Means: “It was just kind of a surreal moment” (and Puig note)

John Means insists that he didn’t know it was coming. The conversation with manager Brandon Hyde. The confirmation that he’d be the opening day starter on July 24. “I think up until I get told that I’m opening day, I just kind of assumed I was just fighting for a job,” Means said this afternoon in a Zoom conference call with the media. Means already

Leftovers for breakfast

Alterations made to the 2020 season haven’t changed how outsiders in the industry view the Orioles’ chances of contending. However, the club keeps drawing praise for how it’s conducted business during and after the shutdown. Refusing to reopen the complexes in Sarasota and Baltimore proved to be wise decisions. And the precautions and protocols at summer training camp are giving players a greater sense of

Cobb sharp in debut before pitch limit; Martin, Tate banged up

Alex Cobb had one outfielder behind him tonight as he worked the first inning of an Orioles intrasquad game. So he did the smart thing. He kept the ball in the infield. A wise strategy that he implemented throughout his outing. A couple of grounders and a chopper in the first got Cobb back in the home dugout with minimal effort. A leadoff walk to

John Means named opening day starter (and other notes)

The obvious has become official. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde told the media today that left-hander John Means will start the July 24 opener against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Means made his major league debut in Boston in 2018. Means, the club’s lone All-Star representative last summer as a rookie, will start the July 19 exhibition game in Philadelphia to prep for the assignment.

Josh Rogers on his latest recovery from elbow surgery

One year and three days after undergoing his second reconstructive surgery on his left elbow, Orioles pitcher Josh Rogers stepped on a half mound at a friend’s indoor sports training facility in Sellersburg, Ind., threw a baseball and felt whole again. Didn’t really matter that there’s no minor league season to shoot for or a definite plan for later in the summer and over the

Iglesias and Blach make brief appearances in intrasquad game

Not only did José Iglesias make it into tonight’s intrasquad game at Camden Yards, but he doubled off John Means into an empty right field in the top of the first inning and stroked another double into left-center in the third. That’s one way to remove the concerns about your back. Or at least get the media off the one belonging to manager Brandon Hyde,

Update on Iglesias, tonight’s intrasquad and Cobb

Orioles shortstop José Iglesias could be available to play in tonight’s intrasquad game at Camden Yards after missing last night’s affair. Manager Brandon Hyde said Iglesias’ back has improved and the veteran is a gametime decision. He’ll test it later this afternoon before the club determines his status. Iglesias also sat out Tuesday’s workout because of the discomfort. “We’re going to go through all the

Orioles back in Boston for 2021 opening day

After going a substantial length of time without opening their season in Boston, the Orioles suddenly could be making a habit of it. The 2021 schedule was released today and the Orioles again will play the Red Sox in their first game on Thursday, April 1. The home opener is a week later, also against the Red Sox, on April 8. Until this year, the

Hunter Harvey: “I couldn’t wait to get back to a ballfield”

Hunter Harvey was craving the chance to work a complete season out of the Orioles bullpen. A schedule consisting of 162 games. With the removal of signs suggesting that the team proceed with caution. Just as past injuries have been out of Harvey’s control, so too is a pandemic that leaves teams with only 60 games and a slew of adjustments to the roster and

Orioles’ first intrasquad game features home runs by Núñez and Hays

Austin Hays led off the top of the first inning tonight with a fly ball to the right field warning track. It bounced. It rolled. No one was around to retrieve it. Mark it down as F-9. Stevie Wilkerson was the only outfielder for the “home” team in the intrasquad game at Camden Yards. He played center field. Flanked by two ghost defenders. DJ Stewart

Iglesias sitting out tonight’s intrasquad game (and other notes)

Orioles shortstop José Iglesias won’t play in tonight’s intrasquad game at Camden Yards due to soreness in his back that kept him out of yesterday’s workout. Manager Brandon Hyde said it’s a precautionary move and is hoping that Iglesias will be available on Thursday. Tonight’s game is going to be relaxed, which is typical of intrasquad settings. Hyde said he’ll use some “ghost defenders” rather

Intrasquad games move Orioles to next phase of evaluations

The summer training camp is moving into its next phase for the Orioles. Past the routine workouts that define the spring version. Bring on the intrasquad games and some semblance of competition while manager Brandon Hyde turns up the heat on the evaluation process that’s going to pare the roster to 30 players on opening day. Orioles versus Orioles is happening at Camden Yards for

Elias explains policy on testing (plus workout notes, draft signings)

Orioles outfielders Dwight Smith Jr. and Anthony Santander remained absent for a fifth consecutive day of workouts. Explanations are going to be withheld for now based on a club policy that executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias shared this afternoon. While other teams have confirmed the numbers of positive tests for COVID-19, making names public if given permission, the Orioles are giving the silent treatment.

More on players adapting to changes, Hyde on Hays and Davis

The 2020 schedule is official, with the Orioles on the road for their first two series prior to the July 29 home opener against the Marlins. More weirdness in an unprecedented season. Never before has Major League Baseball held opening day at such a late date, with two games on July 23 and the rest July 24. The Orioles haven’t opened in Boston since 1966.

Orioles opening in Boston as part of shortened season

A baseball season cut down to 60 games will start for the Orioles later this month in Boston. Major League Baseball released the schedules tonight and the Orioles are going to play the Red Sox in a three-game series that begins July 24. First pitch for the opener is 7:30 p.m. They won’t return to Camden Yards until completing a two-game series against the Marlins

Orioles hold their fourth workout as other teams cancel

Multiple teams canceled their morning workouts today, including the Nationals and Astros, due to the delays in receiving results of the COVID-19 testing over the weekend that’s done on a regular basis as camps opened across the country. Other teams have pushed back their workouts. The Orioles gathered at Camden Yards for their fourth workout, pitchers and position players subjected to a stifling heat that’s

Orioles working to stay together while pushed apart

As the Orioles transformed yesterday’s summer training camp workout from batting practice in the cage to live BP sessions for a group of relievers, projected starter Asher Wojciechowski emerged from the home dugout and headed over to the visiting side. Long hair tied back and a smile on his face as he joined a couple of his teammates. Maybe a chance to feel normal again

Hyde on pitching updates, roster flexibility and more

Orioles pitchers Alex Cobb and Mychal Givens will throw live batting practice on Monday after doing side work earlier in summer training camp. They, too, are marked as present and active. “Really good. They threw the ball well,” manager Brandon Hyde said in today’s Zoom conference call when asked how the two right-handers have looked after three days. Cobb threw to hitters on a back

John Means: “I was ready to feel like I was worth something again”

The Orioles haven’t named their opening day starter for July 24, an announcement shelved due to baseball’s shutdown. John Means was lined up for the assignment and nothing has happened to change the narrative. Means worked four “innings” yesterday while throwing live batting practice, which actually meant dialing down from his home activity. “I think I’m very close,” he said today in a Zoom conference

Contending vs. evaluating remains a popular storyline

The ability of a 60-game season to thrust teams with normally low expectations into contender status has become a fascination of sorts in Baltimore. Fans wonder if the Orioles can make the playoffs, or at least flirt with the possibility from their lowered bar until closing time, due to the unusual dynamics brought by the coronavirus pandemic. Media is, at the least, curious about the

Recapping Day 2 of summer training camp

The Orioles still don’t have a full turnout for their summer training camp, with manager Brandon Hyde saying again this afternoon that a couple of Dominican players remain in the intake process for COVID-19 testing. “We’re still waiting on that,” Hyde said today in a Zoom conference call. While some teams are confirming positive tests, whether or not they receive permission from players to reveal

More from the first day of summer training camp

The Sarasota portion of camp ended for the Orioles on March 12, almost four months passing before they could reconvene at Camden Yards for unprecedented summer sessions. The roster has undergone some changes, with 45 players plunging into a pool and 15 others expected at the alternate site in Bowie. Manager Brandon Hyde won’t block out everything he saw at the Ed Smith Stadium complex

Davis on the “most odd, just random, weirdest” day of his baseball life

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has played a game with no fans inside the ballpark. He’s eclipsed 50 home runs, earned a win on the mound, received the richest contract in franchise history and endured the longest hitless streak for a position player to start a season. Nothing, however, can compare to what he experienced today at Camden Yards. So many changes implemented to keep

Hearing from Hyde and LeBlanc on first day of summer training camp

The oddity of holding a summer training camp in July at Camden Yards showed itself this afternoon in a variety of ways. More than just the month and location. Starting up again after the coronavirus pandemic shut down baseball in March, the Orioles held their first workout today with Tommy Milone and Thomas Eshelman facing hitters while executive vice president Mike Elias and manager Brandon

Dwight Smith Jr. on baseball’s return and his fundraiser

The temperature in Baltimore today is supposed to reach 98 degrees. Not a cloud in the sky. But there will be Orioles on the Camden Yards field. Sweating for a shortened season. The summer camp begins this morning with staggered workouts. The facility and social distancing don’t allow 44 players to perform drills simultaneously. Pitchers will do their throwing in shifts with an obvious shortage

Leftovers for breakfast

The obsession with how the 2020 season impacts the Orioles’ rebuild is understandable. The process already is challenging on many levels. Reducing the schedule to 60 games and eliminating the minor league side is downright cruel. No one said life is fair, and that’s certainly the case in a pandemic, where perspective is needed on a daily basis within the sports community. Executive vice president/general

Orioles still deciding next step for Kjerstad after signing him

Now that the Orioles have signed outfielder Heston Kjerstad, the second overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft, they must decide what to do with him. It’s a little more complicated than in past summers. The minor league season has been canceled, with the official announcement coming yesterday afternoon. The hammer was going to fall. The only question was how long it would take for

Hess goes from optioned to an Orioles option for opening day

David Hess spent the offseason following a program created for him at Premier Pitching & Performance center in St. Louis. The same facility that changed John Means’ professional life. He made it through the first version of spring training with a spot on the camp roster. He lost that spot a week later when the Orioles included him among four players optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

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