Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Ramirez was in the mix for an Opening Day roster spot, but his 5.11 ERA and 3.7 HR/9 through five spring appearances (12.1 innings) assured he would be returning to the minors to open the 2019 season. The right-hander will provide a swingman option for the Orioles if needed.
Ramirez will start the Orioles' Grapefruit League opener Saturday against the Twins, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. The 25-year-old got his first taste of Triple-A and the big leagues in 2018, posting a 3.88 ERA and a 5.92 ERA, respectively. Ramirez is competing for a rotation spot this spring, though his numbers outside of his solid 8.5 K/9 in the majors last season leave something to be desired. He figures to start 2019 back at Triple-A Norfolk.
Ramirez will start Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Astros, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports. Ramirez was originally scheduled to start Friday's game, but Thursday's postponement prompted the Orioles to push their starting rotation back by a day. David Hess will now get the ball Friday, with Ramirez and Dylan Bundy covering the twin bill. The 24-year-old Ramirez owns a 6.07 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 58:33 K:BB through 16 appearances (11 starts) with the big club this season.
Manager Buck Showalter said Ramirez (thumb) will start Friday's game against Houston, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Ramirez was scratched from his projected start Wednesday due to a cut on his thumb, but it appears as though that minor injury won't keep him from making one last start in 2018. Ryan Meisinger took his place for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against Boston.
Ramirez won't make his scheduled start Wednesday in Boston due to a cut on his thumb, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. It's unclear if the cut will simply delay him by a day or two or if it will cause him to miss his turn in the rotation entirely. If it's the latter, then his season is already over as the Orioles have just seven games remaining. A replacement for Wednesday has yet to be announced. John Means, who was called up Monday, could be a candidate.