Right-hander Suk-min Yoon has his visa issues behind him and will make his Grapefruit League debut for the Orioles on Saturday against the New York Yankees.
The details right now are sketchy. He hasn’t been told when he will go in the game or for how long. But that doesn’t matter to Yoon, who has yet to pitch in a competitive game because the South Korea native hadn’t secured his work visa until this week.
“I'm excited to throw Saturday,” Yoon said through interpreter Justin Yoo. “Instead of results, I'm looking to get my feel, to get a feel for pitching on a mound.”
He has thrown simulated games and side sessions, but now will get the world-renowned Yankees – although it is not expected to be a representative lineup.
“The Yankees are just another team,” he said. “I'm hoping for the same results. Just go out there and throw.”
The 27-year-old right-hander, who had pitched previously in the Korea Baseball Organization, signed a three-year, $5.75 million deal with the Orioles in February. He could begin the season in the minors, partially because he is well behind the other pitchers in camp in terms of innings pitched.
He said there will be some nerves Saturday, but that’s nothing unusual.
"I'm nervous every time I throw and [Saturday] will be the same thing,” he said. “I'll have those butterflies in my stomach, of course, but I'll be fine.”
Zach Britton, who is preparing to be a reliever, was initially scheduled to pitch again on Friday, but has been pushed back a day. Britton said his left shoulder feels great, but he was a little physically tired while adjusting to a reliever’s role. So he and the team agreed to give him another day off.
Here is the Orioles lineup for their game Friday in Fort Myers against the Twins: David Lough 7, Jemile Weeks 4, Henry Urrutia 9, Steve Pearce 3, Steve Clevenger 2, Nolan Reimold DH, Quintin Berry 8, Michael Almanzar 5, Alexi Casilla 6, Wei-Yin Chen 1.