In years past, the Orioles’ January minicamp has been the site of several veteran tryouts as the team seeks to round out its roster.
There weren’t any unfamiliar faces among the handful of major leaguers and large crop of minor league pitchers in Sarasota on Monday, but manager Buck Showalter said there might have been one if he’d had his way.
Showalter had asked scout Dean Albany, who covers Maryland, to invite Mount St. Joseph graduate Gavin Floyd to come throw for them this week. Showalter wasn’t clear whether that would happen or not.
The Severna Park native has frequently been mooted to join his hometown team, but his career hasn’t brought him back to Baltimore yet. The fourth overall pick in the 2001 MLB Draft to the Philadelphia Phillies made his major league debut in 2004, and was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 2006.
But he hasn’t been a contributor in the majors since he had Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in 2013. He signed with the Atlanta Braves over the Orioles in 2014 and threw for barely a month before losing another season to an elbow injury.
He pitched in relief for the Cleveland Indians in 2015.
Past minicamp tryouts have had varying amounts of success. Designated hitter Delmon Young joined the team after impressing at the minicamp in 2014, while last year, veteran lefthander Mark Hendrickson tried to catch on with the team.