The emergence of fast-rising minor league prospect Trey Mancini could prompt the Orioles to find out whether fellow first base prospect Christian Walker can play a corner outfield position, but Showalter said that won’t happen during training camp. The Orioles have too many outfield candidates to use exhibition innings on anyone else.
Showalter said that if Walker moves to the outfield, it likely would be during the regular season at Triple-A Norfolk.
Desmond’s signing helps O’s: When former Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond agreed to terms with the Texas Rangers over the weekend, the qualifying-offer system paid off again for the Orioles. The Rangers lost their first-round pick in the upcoming draft, which improved the Orioles’ first pick from 28th to 27th. The Orioles also have the 54th, 69th, 76th and 91st overall picks in the first four rounds.
Intrasquad highlights: The Orioles played 5 1/3 innings in their second intrasquad game, and again, neither offense scored.
Young pitchers Dylan Bundy, Hunter Harvey and Jason Garcia all were impressive. Bundy threw nine of his 13 pitches for strikes and struck out Matt Wieters and Chris Davis. Harvey threw 10 strikes in 14 pitches and got three ground-ball outs. Garcia retired all four batters he faced.
Walker delivered the only extra-base hit of either intrasquad game, a double in the fifth inning off Cesar Cabral.
Intrasquad lowlights: Mark Trumbo failed to make a fairly routine catch on the first fly ball hit to him in right field. It didn’t look good, but the bright, breezy conditions at Ed Smith Stadium can take some getting used to.
The game ended after nonroster pitcher Ashur Tolliver hit outfielder L.J. Hoes in the thigh with a fastball. Hoes didn’t appear to be injured, but he didn’t seem too happy about it.
Punt on bunting: Manager Buck Showalter said he enjoyed watching Ryan Flaherty lay down a bunt for a single off Kevin Gausman in the first inning, but bunting during an intrasquad game apparently is frowned upon.
Flaherty came back to the clubhouse to find his locker completely emptied and his clothes, shoes and possessions strewn across the floor.
“I’ll know better than to do that again,’’ Flaherty said.
Medical update: Pitcher Chris Tillman’s “core muscle injury” was the news of the day, but there were some more upbeat updates. Chaz Roe was feeling better after being drilled in the leg by a sharp come-backer in Saturday’s game. Nolan Reimold’s “cranky” shoulder isn’t that cranky anymore, since he is scheduled to start Tuesday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Atlanta Braves. Hoes and Chance Sisco apparently are fine after being hit by pitches.
Orioles honor Barlow: Every Orioles player and coach who took part in Sunday’s intrasquad game wore orange Lungevity T-shirts in honor of former public-relations director Monica Barlow, who died two years ago Feb. 28. Barlow promoted Lungevity during her long battle with lung cancer. To donate to the research nonprofit, go to lungevity.org.
Around the horn: Mike Wright will start against Braves pitcher Williams Perez in the exhibition opener Tuesday in Orlando. Ubaldo Jimenez will start the exhibition home opener Wednesday against Atlanta’s Aaron Blair. Miguel Gonzalez will start Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, and Vance Worley will face the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunnedin. … Outfielder Efren Navarro, who was purchased from the Los Angeles Angels in January and designated for assignment last week, cleared waivers and opted for free agency.