One of the Orioles’ most hyped prospects made his pro debut Saturday, and reports on Cody Sedlock out of Aberdeen were good.
The 2016 first-round draft pick out of Illinois pitched the first three innings for the short-season single-A club and did not allow a run, walking one and striking out four. He threw 42 pitches.
“I was very impressed,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “[He] looked like a first rounder.”
Sedlock, 20, has already thrown 101 1/3 innings this season with his college team, meaning the Orioles could soon shut him down for the season to save his arm.
Fellow prospect Parker Bridwell (a 2010 draft pick) relieved Sedlock and pitched two perfect innings. It was his first appearance with Aberdeen after starting the season at Double-A Bowie, and Showalter said his progress made the Orioles consider bringing him up to the big-league club Saturday to replace Mike Wright. They promoted Jason Garcia instead.
O’Day heads to Sarasota: Darren O’Day’s recovery from a strained right hamstring continues to move along more slowly than anticipated, and the Orioles’ right-hander was mum on his progress Sunday.
He will head to the Orioles’ spring training facility in Sarasota, Fla., after Sunday’s game — “to give the athletic trainers here in Baltimore four days off,” he quipped.
O’Day threw on flat ground Friday and again Sunday but didn’t know what he would be doing in Sarasota, let alone when he might return to the Orioles.
“Early on, I was pushing it a lot, and then [head trainer Richie Bancells has] kind of taken over in terms of the pace,” O’Day said. “So I honestly don’t know when I’m getting on a mound or what I’m doing, so since he’s been driving the bus, it’s been going better.”
O’Day said he had a similar injury in 2007 in the Los Angeles Angels’ farm system, but that he didn’t miss as much time. The Orioles placed him on the 15-day disabled list June 3.
The injury has limited him to just 20 innings in this season’s first half. He holds a 3.15 ERA.
Around the horn: Showalter said the team will return from the All-Star break and travel to Tampa Bay on Thursday. The Orioles will have a closed workout at Tropicana Field ahead of Friday’s series opener against the Rays. … Relief pitcher Mychal Givens’ wife is due to have a baby Monday, and Showalter said in a perfect world she would have the baby that day and Givens could rejoin the team Friday in Tampa Bay. If it’s later in the week, the Orioles would likely have to make a move to put Givens on the three-day paternity list.