LAKELAND, FLA -- The Orioles have optioned pitcher Oliver Drake to Double-A Bowie and have also told catcher Caleb Joseph that he will be reassigned to minor league camp.
Both were at Thursday’s game at Joker Marchant Stadium -- and so was first baseman Joe Mahoney, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said it’s possible they will stay with the club for several more days while the club gets through its split-squad games Saturday and Sunday.
Here are some other things from Showalter’s pre-game media session:
“We have a lot of different options, and we talked to him, too,” Showalter said. “I think he wants to face major league hitters.”
Right-hander Alfredo Simon has been dealing with a sore groin but says he is feeling better, and Showalter said he anticipates Simon will pitch Saturday or Sunday, depending on how he feels.
Bench coach John Russell will manage Saturday’s split-squad game at Fort Myers against the Boston Red Sox. Showalter hopes to be able to manage both games Sunday -- an afternoon game in Orlando and an evening game in Sarasota.
Jason Berken (hamstring) threw off flat ground and a half-mound, and Showalter said Berken is getting close to pitching against hitters.