A new day brings a new set of questions and curiosities.
* Will left-hander Josh Rogers be invited to spring training next month?
Rogers underwent a second procedure on his left elbow on July 3, 2019, this one called an “ulnar collateral ligament revision.” He had Tommy John surgery during his senior year in high school.
Making it through his rehab program without any setbacks, Rogers was able to face hitters in the fall instructional camp and work with pitching coach/director of pitching Chris Holt and other instructors.
The Orioles could use spring training to make a more thorough evaluation of Rogers, who came to the organization in the Zack Britton trade with the Yankees in 2018. Of course, they could do the same if he’s held back until the second camp, though the Orioles would be preoccupied with starting their season.
I’ve heard that Rogers is fully recovered and back to 2018 form, when the previous regime was excited to get him. But he needs to make an impression on the new group.
He needs the chance to do it.
So, back to my original question. Will Rogers receive a spring training invite?
From what I can glean - and I do love that word - it depends on how many players are permitted in camps. Major League Baseball is taking its sweet time alerting teams.
* Can Dilson Herrera get back to the majors?
If he does, it might not be with the Orioles.
You Google Herrera’s name and see that he’s listed in the Orioles’ organization. You tell your friends.
You’d be wrong.
Herrera is a minor league free agent. I checked his status over the weekend to clear up the confusion.
The Orioles gave Herrera six plate appearances in September, designated him for assignment after he went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts, and outrighted him to their alternate camp site.
Herrera was removed from the roster when the Orioles activated Chris Davis from the 10-day injured list.
The Orioles needed Herrera on Sept. 1, selecting his contract while Hanser Alberto was day-to-day with a sore knee. Herrera stood out at summer training camp, impressing at the plate and in the outfield corners, and leading to speculation that he might make the 30-man opening day roster.
Not only was he omitted from it, he spent most of the abbreviated season at the secondary site.
* Will the Orioles attempt to sign a veteran catcher before setting their camp roster?
Bryan Holaday is gone after signing a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks. The Orioles brought in Nick Ciuffo, who was the Rays’ first-round selection in 2013 and appeared in only 19 games in the majors.
He doesn’t qualify as a veteran backup.
Is that enough?