The Orioles began to pare their camp roster Tuesday, optioning outfielder Dariel Alvarez to Triple-A Norfolk and re-assigning reliever Richard Rodriguez to minor league camp.
Alvarez, a Cuban-born outfielder who appeared in two games for the Orioles last season and 12 the year before, didn't have a hit in 11 Grapefruit League at-bats before he was sent back to the minors.
He showed promise with 31 home runs over two seasons in 2014 and 2015 in the minors, but stalled out in the power department last year and didn't get much of a look in the majors, even as the team dealt with multiple outfield injuries.
The coaching staff has been trying to coax him into converting to a pitcher, and Alvarez has to this point resisted, though a spate of offseason acquisitions means he's far down the depth chart in the outfield now.
Rodriguez, who was one of the four minor league pitchers loaned to the Dominican Republic for Tuesday's exhibition game, had appeared in three Grapefruit League games this spring and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits in 2 2/3 innings with a pair of strikeouts and a walk.
Last year for Norfolk, Rodriguez went 6-2 with a 2.53 ERA in 81 2/3 innings of relief.
With the moves, which coincide with minor leaguers reporting to Twin Lakes Park ahead of the first day of games there on March 15, the Orioles have 54 players in major league camp.