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.
With the mostly intact husk of their recently successful rosters or the newly made-over version without any of the pedigree or star power, these Orioles have lost more often than any other team to wear the colors.
Orioles catcher Chance Sisco wasn’t available in Monday’s series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays because of a cut on his chin and possible concussion suffered when a foul tip hit him in the mask Sunday.
Manager Buck Showalter said it's a "long process" in deciding when Adam Jones will play and that, while the home fans wanting to see him play are a part of it, the Orioles are "trying to satisfy a lot of things right now."
A few weeks to see if their young players can hack it before the team has to begin making plans for 2019 and beyond could make a big difference by the time they and the Orioles are ready for the big time again.
Jones returned to the starting lineup for the series opener against the A’s, perhaps to show everyone that his absence wasn’t punitive or to show that the Orioles are aware of their responsibility to put a competitive team on the field.