Shortstop J.J. Hardy left the Orioles clubhouse Monday morning to have a magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) on his left shoulder. He walked out in a particularly good mood – the shoulder he jammed while diving for a ball Friday is improving significantly.
Orioles outfielder David Lough is still dealing with injuries and likely will not be ready to begin the season, providing some clarity to the club’s final position player battles.
The Orioles reduced their spring training camp to 37 players Sunday by sending out three, including one of the organization’s top position players, Dariel Alvarez.
Despite hitting three home runs Sunday, including back-to-back shots in the first inning, the Orioles lost to the Minnesota Twins, 6-5, before an announced crowd of 6,914 at Ed Smith Stadium.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter expects to make “five or more” cuts after the split-squad games on Sunday. Most will be position players; at least one will be a pitcher.
The Orioles play split squad games today at home against the Minnesota Twins and on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Orioles play split squad games today at home against the Minnesota Twins and on the road at the Blue Jays.
Heading into spring training, some uncertainty clouded the Orioles' rotation. The club had six starters for five spots, but one was expected to shake loose before Opening Day on April 6.