NORFOLK, VA. — Baseball operations chief Dan Duquette said on Friday that he is satisfied with the way the Opening Day roster has come together and indicated that there probably won't be any surprises over the next couple of days.
"We're always working to build our roster, but I think we've got the people to start the season with,'' Duquette said before the Orioles played the Norfolk Tides at Harbor Park. "I think we've got the people with us.
"You never know, but I think we're in pretty good shape with our roster, with the people we have in camp. We have a little more depth to choose from, and hopefully we picked the right ones to help us get off to a good start. And then, if we didn't pick the right ones we'll have some others here in Norfolk."
Norfolk gets a break in the clouds: When the Orioles arrived in Norfolk on Friday afternoon, it didn't look like they would get the game in. Heavy rain soaked the field and left large pools of water in the outfield and around the warning track. But the sun came out about an hour before gametime and the Tides grounds crew did a nice job of getting most of the water off the field.
O'Day stays behind: Reliever Darren O'Day was left behind in Sarasota because he is suffering from a significant case of the flu, and manager Buck Showalter said that O'Day will not rejoin the team until he's OK.
Showalter said he believes that O'Day will be in Baltimore to run down the orange carpet on Opening Day this Monday, but said he could not guarantee that.