Former Orioles outfielder Delmon Young was arrested Sunday in Miami on a battery charge for allegedly choking and threatening to kill a valet, according to a police report obtained by a Miami television station.
To make room for catcher Steve Clevenger on the big league roster, the Orioles designated outfielder David Lough for assignment Friday ¿ another member of the Opening Day squad, and specifically the outfield - that has been jettisoned during this season.
Faced with a glut of outfielders that forced them to carry more outfielders than relievers for nearly a week, the Orioles on Wednesday designated outfielder Delmon Young for assignment to make room for reliever Tyler Wilson.
In the Orioles' dispirited 9-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before an announced crowd of 36,945 Sunday at Camden Yards, Chris Tillman couldn't navigate through five innings for the fourth time in 10 starts this season.
Orioles fans didn't necessarily enjoy the offseason as they watched key players depart in free agency and learned of health setbacks for some of the stars who remained. Yet they've developed a deep faith in the players and decision-makers who brought winning baseball back to Baltimore.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said earlier this spring that infielder Everth Cabrera would likely see time in the outfield this spring, and Cabrera will make his first Grapefruit League start this afternoon, starting in center field and leading off against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field.
If there is any upside to the departure of long-time right fielder Nick Markakis, it is that the opening in the outfield has turned manager Buck Showalter loose on another versatility quest this spring. On any given day, just about anybody might show up at either of the two corner outfield positions.
Right-hander Jason Garcia, one of the Orioles' two Rule 5 picks this spring, is considered a long shot to make the Opening Day roster, especially considering the number of relievers in camp and the fact that he hasn¿t pitched above Low-A.
How loud was it during the crowd-noise-enhanced popup drills at Ed Smith Stadium on Friday? Well, Orioles got a noise complaint from someone living in the apartment complex on the far side of the facility.
It didn't become a top priority until they had already lost outfielders Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz to free agency, but the Orioles always wanted to re-sign designated hitter-outfielder Delmon Young.
The Orioles have focused their search for outfield help on Colby Rasmus, so much so that O's manager Buck Showalter is slated to meet with the free-agent outfielder in the near future, according to an industry source.