Matt Wieters has resumed throwing and is now testing his surgically repaired right elbow, but the Orioles catcher wouldn't say whether he believes he could return from the 15-day disabled list by the beginning of next month.
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who opened the season on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury, has resumed baseball activities and if everything continues to progress, he is slated to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week for high Class-A Frederick.
The Orioles' 274 wins the past three seasons are the most the franchise has compiled over a three-year span in three decades, when the 1982-'84 teams won 277 games, including the club's last World Series title in 1983. Next season is almost certain to bring major roster turnover.
The Orioles set their Opening Day roster Sunday, with a couple mild surprises. Catcher Steve Clevenger beat out Ryan Lavarnway for the backup catcher job and right-handers Ryan Webb and Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia are among 14 pitchers that made the 25-man roster.
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.
While J.J. Hardy's recovery from a left shoulder injury appears to be progressing better than expected, it is still unlikely that Hardy will be able to come off the disabled list when he is eligible a week from Saturday.
It was fair of Dan Duquette to assume that the Orioles could replace Nelson Cruz's major-league-leading home run total and Nick Markakis's offensive production if all else went well. It just wasn't fair to assume that all else would go well.
Buck Showalter said the Orioles won't be putting the full-court pressure on Notre Dame hoops star Pat Connaughton to join the organization any time soon. But once he joins, the Orioles want the right-handed pitcher to focus on baseball.
SARASOTA, Fla. ¿ Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will be re-evaluated on Saturday after banging his left shoulder in a collision with second baseman Jonathan Schoop during Friday¿s Grapefruit League game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
If shortstop J.J. Hardy had not spent most of the 2014 season trying to play through a painful back injury that forced him to alter his swing and trade power for playing time, would he have bypassed free agency for the three-year, $40 million contract he signed right in the middle of the Orioles' postseason run?
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.
When he was introduced for the first panel of the day — a question-and-answer session for season-ticket holders — Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Duquette took the stage to a warm reception and partial standing ovation.