While the inclusion of starter Mike Wright, possible fifth starter Tyler Wilson, and relievers Mychal Givens and Dylan Bundy on the Opening Day roster is a good sign for the organization as a whole, it also means, as Duquette said, that "you're in transition with your major league pitching staff."
Spring training did little to quell the doubts about the Orioles rotation heading into this season. If anything, the concerns with the team's starting pitching became more glaring during exhibition games.
Opening Day starter Chris Tillman, in his go-home start Wednesday before returning to Baltimore to begin the Orioles' season on Monday, finally turned in the type of start that reflects the kind of stuff he says he's had all spring. It came in a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers that halted the Orioles' six-game unbeaten streak, on a night when the offense was uncharacteristically quiet. But all that matters to Tillman and anyone else in white Wednesday was getting this close to the end of spring
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman, who is lined up to start on Opening Day if the rotation doesn't change, yet again lamented the few well-hit balls that blemished what he believed could have been a rare strong start this spring.
Their Grapefruit League matinee Friday saw their starter stake the opponent to a big early lead on a combination of walks, bad luck and a home run. As the game wore on, the Orioles hit a bunch of home runs and made it a game.
The two new position players projected for every day roles on the Orioles' Opening Day roster, designated hitter Pedro Alvarez and right fielder Mark Trumbo, each homered and drove in seven total runs.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman rued a pair of mistakes that left Ed Smith Stadium at the hands of the heart of the Tampa Bay Rays order, but otherwise felt great about his longest spring training outing of the season Sunday.
It was just Chris Tillman's first Grapefruit League start, and second game action of the spring after being limited by a hip strain that pushed back his debut. Yet his outing Tuesday fits too comfortably into the growing concern about the starting rotation to be qualified by that. It's early for everyone, but for a staff that entered the season with questions, answers have been few.
Left-hander T.J. McFarland threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Sunday morning, his first time on a mound after leaving his March 6 appearance with elbow inflammation, and after reporting no issues says the next step in his mind is returning to game action.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman will make his spring training debut Tuesday in a road game against the Toronto Blue Jays, a decision made necessary by his need for innings after a hip strain but contrary to manager Buck Showalter¿s previous desire to keep his starters away from division opponents.
With two innings in a ¿B¿ game under his belt Thursday and not much disruption to his throwing program despite a right hip flexor strain that kept him out of games until this point, Orioles starter Chris Tillman believes he¿s not at risk to miss the beginning of the regular season.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman, who has been slowed this spring by tightness in his right hip flexor, will make his first spring training start in a `B¿ game on the Camden Yards South field of the Ed Smith Stadium complex.
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman, who was scratched from his intrasquad appearance on Sunday because of a core muscle injury, said he feels much better today and expects to get back on a mound soon.
Orioles pitching prospects Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson are, by the account of both, good friends who have come up through the minor leagues together, and they are locked in competition for what might be one bullpen/spot starter role on the major league pitching staff.
Buck Showalter held his first press gathering of spring training in the media workroom of the Ed Smith Stadium complex, and alluded to the fact that he could be in the same room a few days from now for a press conference to introduce a new free-agent signing. The Orioles are still engaged in negotiations to sign right-hander Yovani Gallardo and outfielder Dexter Fowler. Though neither has agreed to terms with the club, the Orioles were still considered the leading candidates for both.
The Orioles continued negotiations with free-agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo on Monday, according to an industry source, with parties remaining optimistic that a deal could be finalized over the next few days.
At first glance, the Orioles¿ acquisition of first baseman/outfielder Efren Navarro on Tuesday appeared to be another one of the many deals for cash that occur every offseason and most fans forget about easily. But the 29-year-old Navarro could find a home with the Orioles.
With the player they called their priority, slugging first baseman Chris Davis, now officially locked up, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the team is still in the market to bolster a pitching staff that many blame for the step backwards in 2015.
The Orioles agreed to one-year contracts for 2016 with star third baseman Manny Machado, starters Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez, and infielder Ryan Flaherty ahead of Friday¿s deadline to exchange salary-arbitration figures, according to industry sources.
Before getting a day's work in on the back fields of the Orioles' Ed Smith Stadium complex, pitcher Chris Tillman has a quiet tradition that affords him some of the serenity of the offseason while jump-starting his spring training preparation. Tillman grabs a fishing pole that's leaned against the clubhouse wall, and sometimes a buddy, then trudges to an old pond just beyond one of the infields on the complex grounds for a morning fishing session.
Hijacked in years past by rehabbing major league stars, free-agent rumors and veterans on tryouts, this year's edition of the Orioles' January minicamp seems to be more focused on its core purpose: getting a look at the stock of young, up-and-coming arms in the organization.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman will be the first to admit he struggled last season. But Tillman arrived at FanFest last month with a new outlook for 2016, and a new thick mountain-man beard to match.
Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace isn¿t available to the media very often. But it¿s not that he¿s by any means dodging reporters. It¿s that most of the time he¿s seen working with his pupils, a towel usually draped over his shoulder watching a bullpen session or doing some other preparation with the club¿s pitchers.
Jake Arrieta has a legitimate chance to win the NL Cy Young Award tonight, there's a couple of Buck Showlater connection in the manager of the year awards, David Ortiz is retiring and Manny Machado missed on the Platinum Gold Glove.
Last season, the Orioles rotation posted a remarkable 2.98 ERA after the All-Star break, emerging as the biggest strength down the stretch as the club won its first division title in 17 years. But as the Orioles failed to meet high expectations this season, the dramatic decline of the team's starting pitchers might be the biggest disappointment in 2015.