SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles reassigned right-hander Brock Huntzinger to minor league camp before Wednesday’s game, so the club now has 49 players remaining in major league camp.
“The innings weren’t here anymore,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “I want him to stay as sharp as he was here. We’re starting to lose the ability to pitch some of these guys, especially with piggy-backing some of the starters.”
Huntzinger, signed in the offseason as a five-year minor league free agent, allowed one run and two hits over 3 2/3 innings in three spring appearances.
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“You look at the year he had last year, and he had some kind of year. Between two levels, and I was talking to him. He wasn’t in camp with Boston, but he came over 15-20 times. He’s only 25. He might be ready to step to another level. I was impressed with him. Big presentation, he wasn’t scared ... He’s got a grip on it.”
There could be more cuts made this afternoon.
-- Nolan Reimold was in the Orioles starting lineup Wednesday and will start going to the club’s minor league complex to get more at-bats Thursday because there’s a Double-A and Triple-A game at Twins Lakes Park.
-- South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon is expected to return from getting his work visa in Canada no later than Friday. Yoon is scheduled to make his spring debut Saturday. He couldn’t pitch in a paid attendance game until he received his visa.
-- Hall of Fame knuckleballer Phil Niekro is going to be at minor league camp for the next six days, starting today, to continue working with right-hander Eddie Gamboa.
-- Asked Showalter’s reaction to the Atlanta Braves signing Ervin Santana, he said: “We signed Santana,” referring to rehabbing two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana.