SARASOTA, Fla. – Veteran right-hander Todd Redmond's arrival at Orioles spring training was delayed three days, but for a very good reason.
Redmond, a non-roster invitee at Orioles camp, arrived at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Monday after the birth of his first child, a baby boy named Wyatt Lee Redmond, on Friday afternoon across the state in Stuart, Fla.
The baby was due last Monday, before spring training workouts for pitchers and catchers began Friday, and he joked that the timing of his son's arrival was slightly inconvenient.
"I was like, 'Why don't you just come Monday, it will be a whole lot easier for me,'" Redmond said. "We planned on inducing on Thursday and then the hospital was packed and they called my wife and said, 'Ok, you are coming in later instead of at noon.' So it took a little longer. But everything went well and we got out of the hospital yesterday."
Redmond missed his first two scheduled bullpen sessions but said he will throw during Monday's abbreviated workout. Once he knew the baby's arrival would be delayed, he came to Sarasota last Monday to throw and keep Orioles manager Buck Showalter updated.
"I came over early," Redmond said. "I came over Monday this past week. He wasn't coming out, [so I] played catch, threw a bullpen, talked to Buck, said, 'Hey, this is the situation. I've got to go back.' Everybody's been real supportive and able to get the stuff I needed to do to get done, and get back over here so I could start up again."
As a non-roster invitee, Redmond is a long shot to make the 25-man major league roster out of camp, but he is around familiar surroundings. He was in big league camp with the Orioles in 2013 before being claimed by the Blue Jays that spring and he knows Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti from his earlier days in the Braves minor league organization.
"It's a great organization," Redmond said. "They wanted me, and I had Wally and Dom before with the Braves when I was over there, so it was kind of nice seeing them and last year when we were playing against them, it was fun teasing Wally and Dom, come back over here, easy transition. You're coming back to guys that you know. You're not going to a blank slate."
Redmond is likely to start the year at Triple-A Norfolk, but he gives the Orioles an option to pitch as a starter or reliever, as he did with the Blue Jays over parts of the past three seasons.
Redmond joked he will have some coaching to do with his son.
"He's going to be a pitcher," Redmond said with a smile. "But whatever he wants to do, I'm happy with. … If I can finagle it to be a lefty, that's fine with me, unless he's a righty that throws real hard."