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Orioles' Austin Wynns: Continues with batting practice
Wynns (oblique) took batting practice again Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Wynns said Monday he hoped to return to game action by the end of the week but he remained out of the lineup Friday. The 28-year-old's continued participation in batting practice indicates he hasn't suffered a setback with his oblique, but still has no set date for his return.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' David Hess: Favorite for rotation spot
Manager Brandon Hyde said Hess has "a good chance of making the team," Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Hess didn't necessarily turn any heads this spring, compiling a 7.50 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 12:3 K:BB through 18 innings, but with a lack of viable alternatives in Baltimore, the right-hander will reprise his role in the team's starting rotation in 2019. Across 103.1 innings last season, Hess posted a 4.88 ERA and 6.4 K/9.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Josh Rogers: Tweaks back Thursday
Rogers exited Thursday's game against the Pirates after tweaking his back, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Rogers apparently suffered the injury after his spike got awkwardly caught on the mound. The southpaw allowed one run on two walks in one inning prior to exiting. While his removal is being called precautionary, it could prematurely end his spring with just a few days left on the exhibition schedule. It's unclear if this injury will affect Rogers' bid for one of the team's final rotation spots.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Renato Nunez: Returning to lineup Friday
Nunez (arm) will return as a designated hitter Friday against Toronto, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Manager Brandon Hyde said Wednesday that Nunez will need to return soon if he's to make the team, and he appears ready to do just that. According to Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com, the 24-year-old won't start but is scheduled for two at-bats after Mark Trumbo exits the game. It remains possible that both Nunez and fellow third baseman Rio Ruiz could break camp with the team.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jesus Sucre: Good shot at roster spot
Sucre has a good chance to make the Orioles' Opening Day roster, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Manager Brandon Hyde confirmed as much Thursday, though it's unclear if that would be a temporary position until Austin Wynns recovers from his oblique injury or if Sucre is expected to remain on the roster all year. Either way, the veteran backstop is unlikely to provide much fantasy value, as he hit just .209/.247/.253 in 73 games for the Rays last season.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Renato Nunez: Not guaranteed roster spot
Manager Brandon Hyde said he needs to see Nunez (arm) play more before deciding if the third baseman will break camp with the Orioles, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Nunez has been sidelined with a sore biceps recently. The third baseman has struggled when healthy this spring, slashing .226/.265/.452 with two homers and a 0:11 BB:K through 12 games. Nunez is hoping to return to action Thursday or Friday. He'll need to turn things around if he wants to beat out Rio Ruiz, who is slashing .297/.400/.541 this spring, for the starting gig at the hot corner.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Drew Jackson: Path to roster spot clearing up
Jackson's chances of making the Opening Day roster increased after the Orioles released Alcides Escobar on Wednesday, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
Jackson will have to remain on the big-league roster all season as a Rule 5 pick. He's battling fellow Rule 5 pick Richie Martin (who was picked first overall in that draft) for the starting job at short, but Escobar's release means there's now room for both to make the team.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Richie Martin: Expected to make team
Martin has a clear path to a roster spot with Alcides Escobar getting released Wednesday, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
Martin always had a chance as the top pick in the Rule 5 draft, but Escobar's release appears to confirm his spot. He's still battling fellow Rule 5 pick Drew Jackson for the starting shortstop job.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Alcides Escobar: Decision coming Wednesday
Escobar has an opt-out in his contract which triggers Wednesday, meaning the Orioles' decision on whether or not to add him to the major-league roster is imminent, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
The Orioles must decide if they want a veteran taking up a spot on the roster or if they'd be better served giving playing time to young players given where they currently sit in the competitive cycle. Escobar is hitting just .219 with a .597 OPS this spring, though Baltimore was likely never expecting much more than veteran leadership from him at this point in his career. Rule 5 picks Richie Martin and Drew Jackson represent the Orioles' primary alternatives at shortstop.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Renato Nunez: Remains out of lineup
Nunez (arm) remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against Boston, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Nunez's arm soreness is reportedly minor, but he'll wind up missing at least three games. Rio Ruiz starts in his place again Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Joey Rickard: Favorite for right-field job
Rickard is expected to open the season as the Orioles' starting right fielder, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Rickard has slashed a credible .263/.314/.475 (113 wRC+) versus lefties during his career, but his shortcomings against same-handed pitching make him a poor fit for anything more than a short-side platoon role. Though the 27-year-old will be in line for steady at-bats to begin the season, he'll likely transition to a fourth- or fifth-outfielder role at some point later in 2019 once the Orioles feel Austin Hays is ready for a callup to the majors.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Renato Nunez: Out again Tuesday
Nunez (arm) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's spring game against the Twins, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports.
Nunez was held out of Monday's game due to arm soreness, and that will be the case again Tuesday. Nunez's absence will give Rio Ruiz another chance to stake his claim to the starting third base job for the Orioles.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Mike Wright Jr.: Making case for rotation spot
Wright remains in contention for one of the two remaining spots available in Baltimore's Opening Day rotation, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Wright performed miserably in relief in 2018 and owns a 6.41 ERA in 111 career innings as a big-league starter, but that apparently didn't dissuade the Orioles from stretching the right-hander out this spring. In a small sample of six outings during the Grapefruit League, Wright has managed a 3.06 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 10:3 K:BB in 17.2 innings. Those mediocre numbers are actually better than what his competitors (David Hess and Josh Rogers) for the final two rotation spots have offered, so Wright seemingly finds himself in a good position heading into Opening Day. No matter which of the two pitchers break camp with the rotation, it's difficult to see either being worthy of rostering outside of AL-only formats.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' David Hess: In mix for rotation spot
Hess remains in contention for one of the two remaining spots available in Baltimore's Opening Day rotation, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Along with Josh Rogers and Mike Wright, Hess is vying for a starting job in what might be one of the least compelling job battles of the spring, from a fantasy perspective. All three hurlers work in the low 90s and have posted below-average strikeout rates combined with actively damaging ERAs and WHIPs during their respective stints in the big leagues. With 13 runs allowed in 13 innings this spring, Hess hasn't exactly shown the sort of improvement needed to offer any optimism he'll be in store for any sort of meaningful breakthrough in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Josh Rogers: In hunt for rotation spot
Rogers remains in contention for one of the two remaining spots available in Baltimore's Opening Day rotation, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
With Dylan Bundy, Alex Cobb and Andrew Cashner all assured starting roles, it's down to Rogers, David Hess and Mike Wright for the final two openings. Though both Hess and Wright have more experience at the big-league level, both have largely floundered in their respective cameos and may offer less upside at this point than Rogers, a soft-tossing control specialist. Rogers owns a 3.86 ERA this spring but has given up four home runs and struck out only seven across 14 innings, so he's not without his warts either.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Rio Ruiz: On-base machine in spring
Ruiz has gone 11-for-37 (.297 average) at the plate with two home runs, three doubles and one steal through his 15 Grapefruit League appearances entering play Monday.
In addition to making the most of the contact he's made this spring, Ruiz has shown excellent plate discipline, drawing six walks against eight strikeouts to keep his on-base average at an even .400. The strong performance at the dish has not only put Ruiz in contention for an Opening Day roster spot, but he could even beat out a banged-up Renato Nunez (arm) for the top job at third base. For now, Ruiz is just a name to keep an eye in AL-only formats and the deepest of mixed leagues.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Austin Wynns: Expects to play this week
Wynns (oblique) said Monday that he's hopeful to return to the Orioles' Grapefruit League lineup by the end of the week, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Wynns is slated to hit soft-toss pitching Tuesday before likely moving on to live batting practice Wednesday. If his oblique checks out fine following the two workouts, Wynns could re-enter the lineup as a designated hitter before eventually stepping back in behind the plate. With Chance Sisco having seemingly separated himself from the Orioles' other catchers in spring training, Wynns is competing with a trio of non-roster players in Jesus Sucre, Carlos Perez and Andrew Susac for the No. 2 gig.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Renato Nunez: Dealing with arm soreness
Nunez is not in the lineup for Monday's spring game due to right arm soreness, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
The issue, which is being considered mild, doesn't sound like anything that will jeopardize Nunez's status for Opening Day at this point. That could change if the third baseman isn't able to rejoin the lineup within the next week or so. He should be considered day-to-day for now.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Anthony Santander: Headed to minors
Santander was optioned to minor-league camp Sunday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Santander put together a solid spring, going 11-for-33 with six doubles, two homers and seven RBI through 18 games, but it wasn't enough to earn him a spot on the Opening Day roster. The former Rule 5 pick will head back to the minors for more seasoning, as he's appeared in just 11 games at Triple-A (and 69 at Double-A).... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Yefry Ramirez: Optioned to minors
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.... See More ... See Less