Twice this month, the Orioles have demoted a starting pitcher from the rotation, only to have him rejoin it shortly thereafter out of circumstance and necessity. There are only so many alternatives inside the organization, and when the Orioles begin to assess the market to add starters through trades over the next few weeks, they might be left wanting as well.
James B. "Jimmy" Williams, whose professional baseball career spanned more than four decades and during the 1980s was the Orioles' first and third base and outfield coach, died Monday from pneumonia at Season Hospice at Franklin Square Medical Center. He was 90.
Considering the already slim odds of a slow-to-grow boy from Arkansas making the major leagues, a coin flip doesn't sound so bad. The doctor who performed major surgery on Ashur Tolliver's labrum four years ago wouldn't even give him that.
There are all sorts of reasons to believe the Orioles will remain competitive in the American League East and make a strong bid to reach the postseason. The starting rotation, however, is not one of them.
On Friday, the Orioles will open their longest road trip of the season thus far: a three-city, nine-game, 10-day trip that will take them to face the Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians, forcing them to play games in three different time zones.
The Orioles announced two cuts to their spring training roster prior to Friday night¿s Grapefruit League game against the New York Yankees, optioning right-hander Parker Bridwell and left-hander Chris Lee to Double-A Bowie.
Christian Walker¿s powerful spring training continued Thursday at JetBlue Park against the Boston Red Sox, where after a first-inning strikeout he cleared the replica Green Monster in left field with a three-run home run in the third inning of the Orioles¿ 9-5 loss.
Orioles first baseman Christian Walker made a strong impression in his first spring training game Tuesday, driving in three runs and hitting a two-run homer in the Orioles' 4-4 10-inning tie with the Atlanta Braves in the Grapefruit League opener for both teams.
The Orioles made a minor trade with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday afternoon, acquiring left-handed-hitting outfielder Efren Navarro for cash. The Orioles designated right-handed-hitting outfielder L.J. Hoes for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
In the span of just a few months last season, the Orioles transformed left-hander Chris Lee from a lottery ticket with a live arm into a potential starting pitcher with a fastball that reaches the mid-90s and is on the 40-man roster.