By the end of Tuesday night, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had reached the 1,000-win milestone, left-hander Brian Matusz had sidestepped club infamy and designated hitter Nick Johnson had finally exhaled.
Nick Johnson, a career .270 hitter entering this season, went hitless in three at-bats Thursday. That put him 0-for-26 for the season and gave him the club¿s all-time hitless record for a position player to begin an Orioles career.
The Orioles have signed 33-year-old right-hander Joel Pineiro to a minor league deal. He reported today to the club¿s extended spring complex in Sarasota, Fla., where he will work out with club trainers until he is ready to pitch in games ¿ likely beginning at Triple-A Norfolk.
Orioles pitcher Dana Eveland no longer considers himself a rotation candidate. The left-hander says he hasn't pitched enough innings to be ready for a starting role, but manager Buck Showalter disagrees.
The Orioles sent a team devoid of starters to Dunedin to face the Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon. But the game still had plenty of roster spot ramifications with left-hander Dana Eveland on the mound still competing for a starting rotation spot.
Tsuyoshi Wada's rough Grapefruit League outing did little to solidify his role with the Orioles. Manager Buck Showalter says Wada remains a candidate for the rotation, but the left-hander acknowledged he'll have to pitch better.
The Orioles play their second straight day of split-squad games today, with the Birds going on the road to play the Braves at Champion Stadium at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in the afternoon before a nightcap tonight at home against the Yankees.
Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz threw four scoreless innings against the Phillies on Saturday. The lefty's fastball consistently stayed in the 90s as he allowed three hits while striking out four and walking none.
Free and clear, Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon is focused solely on baseball this spring training. Imprisoned in the Dominican Republic at this time in 2011, the right-hander is in a better place, literally and mentally, this year.