The Orioles made some cuts today.
The official list isn't out yet, but looks like the headliner is third baseman Josh Bell. It's no surprise that Bell will be going down to Triple-A Norfolk to play every day.
Bell played in 21 games this spring, batting .225 with no homers and 3 RBIs in 40 at-bats. He did, however, have four doubles, two triples and a stolen base and got glowing reviews for how much thinner and faster he looked.
When the Orioles traded for third baseman Mark Reynolds, it became likely that Bell would not start the season in the majors. Still, Bell said he'd use this spring to show what he could do, and he came to camp 30 pounds lighter.
"You can't feel any other way but to prove yourself. That's just the way I feel about it. You have to prove people wrong. If you're winning other people over, whether it be another team or the front office, whoever it is, you just have to prove yourself," Bell said. "I just want to go down and prove myself in Triple-A and when I get back out there, I can get some of those guys to trust me, too."
Another player expected to be cut from camp is Rule 5 pitcher Adrian Rosario, who allowed two runs in two spring innings, walking three and allowing three hits. The Orioles like his arm, however, he has not pitched above Single-A and is considered too raw to keep on the major-league roster all season.
He'll have to clear waivers – if he doesn't, the team that claims him must keep him on its roster all season -- and then the Orioles would have to offer him back to the Milwaukee Brewers for $25,000 (half of what they paid). They would like to work out a deal to keep him on the roster, but that won't be pursued until he clears waivers.
The Brewers also have an Orioles farmhand, Pat Egan, as a Rule 5 pick. He is not expected to make the Brewers roster but it looks like another Rule 5 from the Orioles, pitcher Pedro Beato, may be retained by the New York Mets.
Here's the lineup for tonight's game at Sarasota against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
2B Brian Roberts, RF Nick Markakis, 1B Derrek Lee, DH Vladimir Guerrero, LF Luke Scott, CF Felix Pie, 3B Mark Reynolds, C Matt Wieters, SS J.J. Hardy. Jake Arrieta is pitching.
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