A start such as the one right-hander Dylan Bundy delivered in the Orioles’ 3-0 victory over the Rays was a long time coming. The 26-year-old right-hander hadn’t completed seven innings since July 29 of last season
In an Orioles bullpen that has faced plenty of turnover one month into the 2019 campaign, Sunday marked perhaps a record day of change. Excluding the three position players manager Brandon Hyde has sent to the mound, the Orioles have deployed 18 relief pitchers this season, the most in baseball.
Sunday, the Orioles recalled catcher Austin Wynns and right-handers Branden Kline and Luis Ortiz from Triple-A Norfolk. Right-hander Alex Cobb was placed on the injured list, right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis was optioned to Norfolk, and catcher Jesús Sucre was designated for assignment.
The Orioles claimed Pedro Severino off waivers from the Nationals. Reliever Paul Fry will start against the Phillies in Sunday's split-squad game in Clearwater. He'll be the "opener" and he says he will welcome the opportunity if he's needed in that role during the season.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said he'd be comfortable treating Rule 5 acquisition Drew Jackson as a fourth outfielder, and Jackson said he believes he can be an "elite corner outfielder" as he gets his first ever start in right field Monday.
In lieu of counting major league wins, this week, we’re counting down five players whose performance in the majors this year can go a long way toward judging the first year of the Elias-Brandon Hyde era of Orioles baseball. The first on that list is catcher Chance Sisco.
Orioles right-hander Mike Wright isn't as green as he once might have been about what it takes to solidify a major league role, but said he felt good Sunday despite allowing three home runs in a 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees.
Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo hasn't played in a game all spring, but that's given him unique perspective in getting to face tricky arms like Richard Bleier and Jimmy Yacabonis on the back fields at Ed Smith Stadium.
Nate Karns didn't pitch for over a week in a game due to arm soreness, and manager Brandon Hyde said that hinders him being able to be stretched out to start the year in the Orioles' rotation to start the season.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter dind't know who Wednesday's starting pitcher would be until late Tuesday night, but it didn't matter. Emergency starter Jimmy Yacabonis and his bullpen mates took care of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Across the Orioles’ young-and-getting-younger clubhouse, where 19 of their 35 active players are rookies, some cope with the team-record 108-loss season by drawing back on their amateur days and teams they played on that similarly lost far more than they won.