As the Orioles’ bullpen tries to find its way through the first two weeks of the season, a major part of that process is figuring out the role Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia will play among the relief corps.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has said repeatedly that you can’t hide a Rule 5 pick in the American League East. Every bullpen spot is critical.
The Orioles love Garcia’s upside, but before making the team’s Opening Day roster, he had never pitched above low-A ball. He is also adjusting to a full-time bullpen role for the first time in his pro career.
“I think there’s a good end game there,” Showalter said. “Until he gets comfortable and the team always comes first, we’re going to find out where he can consistently contribute. We’re not going to know that until about June or July when you get some things under your belt, but we’re fortunate now with the off days and some other things … He’s been a hitter away from coming in for about three days.
“We like him. We think he’s got a chance...Read more
Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop left Boston this morning to report to the team’s spring training facility in Sarasota, Fla., where he will rehab his injured right knee.
Schoop was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after an MRI revealed a Grade 1 partial PCL tear and an MCL sprain.
The Orioles haven’t released a timetable for Schoop, but his injury typically takes about six to eight weeks of recovery time. However, the Orioles are optimistic that he can return closer to two to four weeks because the 23-year-old Schoop has strong legs and is young.
-- There’s still no sign of when shortstop J.J. Hardy will be able to go on a minor league rehab assignment. He took today off from rehab exercises and live hitting, but did some tee work and took ground balls.
“I don’t think there’s any issue,” Showalter said. “Slowly but surely. … We’re not there yet. I said all along I’m just glad we don’t think there’s any structural thing that needs to be repaired. … You knew it wasn’t going...Read more
If you’ve been paying any attention to the Orioles this season, you probably know that center fielder Adam Jones is off to one of the best starts of his career.
Jones was 3-for-5 with three singles in the Orioles’ 4-1 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday, extending his hitting streak to eight games.
Over that span, Jones is hitting .533 (16-for-30) with 10 runs, four homers and nine RBIs. In those eight games, Jones has had four multihit outings, including three with at least three hits.
-- Jones wasn’t the only Oriole to have a good day Saturday. Steve Pearce, Chris Davis, Jones and Jimmy Paredes, Nos. 2-5 in the Orioles' order, were a combined 9-for-20. All four had multiple hits.
It will be interesting to see how much playing time Paredes gets. Hours after arriving in Boston, only recently activated from the disabled list, he was batting fifth as the Orioles’ starting designated hitter. He went 2-for-5 Saturday with a double.
Even if it is only as a DH, having the...Read more
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he spoke to Major League Baseball’s chief baseball officer Joe Torre in the aftermath of Friday’s strange game in which right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was ejected, but wouldn’t divulge any details of his conversation.
“I wouldn’t broadcast that,” Showalter said. “Those are private conversations. … I talked to Joe and we’ve got to move on.”
Showalter is obviously still mad about Friday’s events. Without any warnings to either team, home plate umpire Jordan Baker ejected Jimenez in the fourth inning after he hit Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the right shoulder. Baker believed that Jimenez was trying to hit Sandoval in the head in retaliation for Sandoval’s hard slide into second base on Jonathan Schoop, but both teams saw that slide as an afterthought.
-- Jimmy Paredes arrived at Fenway Park in time for batting practice today. Activated off the disabled list to fill Schoop’s roster spot, he will be the starting DH and bat fifth.
Paredes, who was...Read more
As Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop plopped down on the couch in the visiting clubhouse of Fenway Park, teammate Manny Machado pulled over a chair so Schoop could elevate his injured right knee, which was braced with a heavy immobilizer. Before the Orioles' game against the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon, teammates and staff gave Schoop words of encouragement as reality set in that another early-season injury had wracked the Orioles.
Schoop, the talented 23-year-old who won the starting second base job last season as a rookie and was having a strong start to the 2015 campaign, went on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a Grade 1 partial posterior cruciate ligament tear and a medial collateral ligament sprain in his right knee. It is unclear how much time Schoop could miss, but it is possible that his recovery could take multiple weeks beyond the DL date of May 3.
“We're not going to get into timelines right now,” manager Buck Showalter said. “We know it's a minimum of the DL period....Read more
There were far too many quotes from the Orioles' 3-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox, especially ones pertaining to Ubaldo Jimenez’s ejection, to get into the gamer, so here are some leftovers from postgame interviews.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter
On whether ejection was retaliation for Pablo Sandoval’s slide on Jonathan Schoop:
“I guess that’s what his point was. … That’s the way we play, they play. You inspire both teams to play. It wasn’t even a thought. Ubaldo, the first time up, you try to pitch guys in [when they] get their arms extended and are strong. We threw, I think, three fastballs. We tried to go in the first time up. It’s kind of professionally a little embarrassing to see that type of thing have such an impact.
On the effect on the bullpen:
“It just puts our bullpen in a challenge for the rest of this road trip, or for a while, because we had to pitch people in situations where they shouldn’t have been pitching. Darren [O'Day] and Brian [Matusz] were the only two guys who had...Read more