Sarasota, Fla. — Catcher Jesús Sucre had a locker in the Orioles’ clubhouse Tuesday as pitchers and catchers reported, but that was gone Wednesday as visa issues to get out of his native Venezuela delayed his arrival at camp, according to a team source.
Sucre, who signed a minor league contract on Feb. 1, will be late to camp and thus a bit behind as a group that includes Chance Sisco, Austin Wynns, Carlos Pérez, Andrew Susac, and Martin Cervenka vies to impress the new coaching staff and earn major league roster spots.
“Hopefully, he's going to be here soon,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “That's kind of all I know at this point, but I think that's happened before. We've all dealt with guys having trouble coming over here, so we're looking forward when he does get here, that he'll be in the mix.”
Hyde said after the workout that they were in the process of bringing a minor league catcher in from the organization to help out with bullpens and provide an extra body. Later in the afternoon, they added recent minor league free agent signing Cael Brockmeyer to major league camp.
The team’s two other Venezuelan players, Anthony Santander and Gregory Infante, didn’t deal with such delays because they didn’t sign as late as Sucre.
Joseph signs with Diamondbacks
Catcher Caleb Joseph, who the Orioles non-tendered ahead of the Nov. 30 deadline, signed a major league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the club announced Wednesday.
Joseph, who has two minor league options available, was able to secure a major league contract in a cold market, but could get more of an opportunity in Arizona with Carson Kelly, Alex Avila, and John Ryan Murphy in camp there.