Thursday will mark a week since the Orioles' first full-squad workout, and pitchers and catcher have been working out since Feb. 14, so Friday's Grapefruit League opener agaisnt the Detroito Tigers will be a welcome change for players.
"I'm tired of getting on the back fields with [first-base coach Wayne] Kirby sitting there, screaming and yelling, putting the balls in the ponds and making us run," center fielder Adam Jones said. "…It's part of it. It gets yourself in shape. You get ready to play in a game because at the end of the day, 162 games are a long season. It's tough to get through it. If you go into it in shape, you should be able to get through it."
For the five Orioles players leaving for the World Baseball Classic, it will be important to get game at-bats early. Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop is scheduled to play in four games – three Grapefruit League games and Thursday’s intrasquad game – before leaving for South Korea on Tuesday to play for the Netherlands. He also is set to play in Saturday’s game against the Pirates in Bradenton, Sunday’s home game against the Pirates and Monday’s home game against the Yankees.
WBC-bound starters Jones, Manny Machado and Welington Castillo are scheduled to make their Grapefruit League debuts on the road Saturday in Bradenton.
Around the horn: The Orioles' intrasquad game scheduled for Wednesday afternoon was postponed because of rain. It is rescheduled for 11:30 a.m., Thursday. Ubaldo Jimenez and Kevin Gausman will start in that game and are scheduled to pitch one inning each. … Tyler Wilson will start the Orioles’ Grapefruit League opener on Friday against the Tigers in Lakeland, Gabriel Ynoa will start Saturday and Wade Miley will start Sunday’s home opener against Pittsburgh. … Players union chief Tony Clark is expected to visit camp Thursday and meet with players following the intrasquad game.