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Orioles' Chris Davis: Ready for full spring participation
Davis (illness) took part in batting practice and fielding drills Sunday and will be a full participant moving forward, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
The veteran slugger sat out of activities to start spring training due to bronchitis, but it appears that issue is fully in the rearview mirror at this point. Barring any further issues, Davis projects to be the Orioles' starting first baseman to begin the season, though he'll need to improve his .168/.246/.296 slash line from last season to warrant staying in that role.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Alcides Escobar: Joins Orioles camp
Escobar signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training Saturday, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
The veteran averaged 155 games per season in eight seasons with the Royals and was a key part of Kansas City's back-to-back pennant runs in 2014 and 2015, though he's never done much at the plate. Over 11 big-league seasons, he's hitting .258/.293/.343 with just 41 homers. He'll join one of the easiest rosters to break into in the league, though the Orioles may prefer to give at-bats to younger players.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Chris Davis: Delayed due to illness
Davis has been in Florida for a week but has yet to join his team due to bronchitis, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Davis expects to be on the field Saturday. He reportedly slimmed down over the offseason after changing up his workout plan. He'll need to make dramatic improvements this year if he's to be any kind of fantasy asset after hitting an anemic .168/.246/.296 last season.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Richard Bleier: Slow start to spring
Bleier (lat) did not throw Friday when the rest of his bullpen group did, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
The fact that Bleier has thrown at all is certainly a sign of progress as he recovers from June shoulder surgery, but the Orioles are making sure to build him back up slowly. Reports earlier in the offseason suggested he'd be ready to go by Opening Day, but it remains to be seen whether or not he's still on that schedule.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jack Reinheimer: Outrighted to Triple-A
Reinheimer cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Reinheimer was claimed off waivers by the Orioles in late January, but he failed to stay on the 40-man roster more than a couple weeks. He wound up clearing waivers this time, however, so he'll stay in the Orioles' organization with their Triple-A squad. At this point, his limited big-league success and inability to stay on the 40-man roster suggests he'll simply be an organizational depth piece in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Mychal Givens: Not named closer yet
Manager Brandon Hyde said Givens will be used in "high-leverage situations" but did not commit to naming him the closer, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Givens is easily the leading candidate to close for the Orioles this season based off his recent performance and the lack of other options in the Baltimore bullpen. However, the Orioles skipper added that he "won't manage the save stat," which doesn't exactly bode well for Givens from a fantasy perspective. It's unclear if the Orioles will simply play matchups in the ninth inning this season or if Givens will wind up being named the closer at a later date. Either way, the right-hander poses fantasy upside thanks to his good strikeout numbers (10.4 career K/9) and seemingly uncontested role as the top gun in the bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Dean Kremer: Sidelined with oblique issue
Kremer strained his left oblique a couple weeks ago and isn't expected to throw for another two weeks, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
The injury was apparently incurred as the pitching prospect was working out in preparation for spring training. Kremer and the team seem to be downplaying the severity of the issue, though oblique injuries are notorious for having somewhat lengthy recovery times. A more concrete timetable for return will likely come forth once he's able to get back to throwing.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Gregory Infante: Spring training arrival delayed
Infante has yet to report to spring training from his native Venezuela, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
There is a lot of political unrest in Venezuela right now, delaying the visa process for a number of major leaguers. However, Infante is also dealing with an illness that doesn't allow him to leave the country just yet, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports. This situation is unlikely to cause a lengthy absence, however, though it's unclear when he'll be back in the United States.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Nathan Karns: Returns to mound work
Karns (elbow) threw off a mound Wednesday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander didn't pitch in a game in 2018 due to elbow inflammation, but it seems like things have improved on that front. It's unclear whether or not Karns is at full strength. He will be a candidate for a rotation spot.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Richard Bleier: Works on mound Wednesday
Bleier (lat) threw off a mound Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
The southpaw missed a big chunk of the 2018 season following lat surgery, but he isn't expected to miss any time during the regular season after he began a throwing program back in November. It's unclear how hard Bleier is throwing in his first bullpen sessions of spring training, but it's at least an encouraging sign that he is able to throw off a mound from the get-go. Barring any setbacks in the coming weeks, Bleier figures to be one of the Orioles' top relievers this season after posting a 1.93 ERA in 32.1 innings in 2018.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jesus Sucre: Stuck in Venezuela with visa delay
Sucre has not reported to spring training yet due to visa issues, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
The political turmoil going on in Sucre's home country of Venezuela has delayed the visa process for multiple players, Sucre included. This doesn't project to be a long-term issue, though no clear timetable for his return to the United States has been outlined at this time.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Luis Ortiz: Sheds weight ahead of job battle
Ortiz reported to camp Tuesday at 247 pounds, a drop of 22 pounds from what he tipped the scales at last spring, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Ortiz may have been motivated to get his conditioning in order after he battled hamstring injuries on multiple occasions in 2018, including one in mid-September that ended his season prematurely. The 23-year-old enters spring training at full health and should be one of the top candidates to claim a back-end rotation spot in a wide-open competition. The right-hander has an encouraging long-term outlook thanks to a three-pitch repertoire highlighted by a mid-90s fastball, but he struggled to regularly generate swings and misses with the offering between stops at Double-A, Triple-A and the majors last season.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Eric Young Jr.: Invited to camp by Orioles
Young signed a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training with the Orioles on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
The 33-year-old has received at least some big-league playing time for 10 straight seasons, though he didn't accomplish much last year in 41 games for the Angels, hitting just .202/.248/.303. He still has a bit of speed, which could be useful to deep-league owners should he find his way to regular playing time, but he doesn't offer much else, and the rebuilding Orioles will likely prefer to give at-bats to younger options.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jack Reinheimer: Designated for assignment
Reinheim was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Reinheimer will take a spin through waivers for the fourth time this offseason. The 26-year-old utility infielder hit a combined .257/.324/.377 with five homers and 13 stolen bases in 69 games on the farm in 2018 (primarily at Triple-A). Reinheimer has also made brief appearances in the majors in each of the past two seasons, though his .143/.250/.143 triple-slash through 40 plate appearances during those stints is nothing to write home about.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Nathan Karns: Lands deal with Baltimore
Karns (elbow) agreed to a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Orioles on Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The deal also includes $200,000 in incentives. Karns missed the entire 2018 season due to elbow inflammation and was sidelined for much of 2017 due to thoracic outlet syndrome. It's unclear where the right-hander is in terms of health right now, but he'll likely slot into the back end of Baltimore's rotation when healthy given his decent 4.37 ERA and 9.3 K/9 in his career.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jesus Sucre: Signs MiLB deal with Orioles
Sucre signed a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training with the Orioles on Friday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Sucre can opt out of the deal March 22 if he is not on the 40-man roster. The 30-year-old spent the last two seasons in Tampa Bay and slashed .232/.268/.330 in 390 plate appearances as his defense continues to be his primary asset.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Andrew Cashner: Says he's healthy
Cashner (knee) said earlier this month that he feels 100 percent healthy heading into spring training, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. "My knee didn't really feel normal until maybe a month and a half into the offseason, probably the middle of November to Thanksgiving," Cashner said. "I think for me, the time off has been good and then getting back into lifting. I've been doing some rehab stuff and I'm excited about what's to come in camp."
The first season of the two-year, $16 million pact Cashner inked with Baltimore last February was an utter disaster. Over his 28 starts, Cashner went 4-15 with a 5.29 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 5.8 K/9 before getting shuttered in mid-September when a cortisone shot couldn't alleviate the lingering pain in his knee. Though he's now healthy and probably has a secure rotation spot by virtue of his contract and veteran status, Cashner needs to demonstrate improvement in several areas -- namely, his strikeout, walk and home-run rates -- before he can be relied upon in fantasy.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Austin Hays: No limitations entering camp
Hays recently noted that he doesn't expect to face any limitations in spring training coming off September ankle surgery, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Hays was cleared to resume a running program in late October and apparently hasn't hit any snags in his recovery, setting him up to report to camp at full strength. After making his MLB debut in September 2017, Hays was expected to establish himself as an everyday player for Baltimore last season, but that never came to fruition while he battled injuries and saw his performance take a step back at Double-A Bowie. He'll get the token opportunity to compete with DJ Stewart for a starting gig in the corner outfield during camp, but Hays will more than likely need some further polish in the high minors before receiving another look in the big leagues.... See More ... See Less