First baseman Trey Mancini, who entered Friday batting .269 with a .782 OPS and six home runs for Norfolk, hadn't homered since June 3. Left fielder Christian Walker, who went into the weekend batting .240 with nine homers and a .715 OPS, hadn't homered since May 31. The two accounted for more than a third of Norfolk's 42 home runs through 67 games.
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.
Right-hander Jason Garcia was optioned to Double-A Bowie Monday as part of the team¿s first round of cuts from major league camp, and will work as a starter for the first time since 2014 with the Baysox.
Jason Garcia, who was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Aug. 6, hadn¿t pitched in a week and had seriously struggled with his command this season. He entered Friday night with 12 walks in 14 2/3 innings and a 5.52 ERA.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter refused to engage in a war of words with Toronto slugger Jose Bautista who pointed blame at Showalter for throwing at him during the Orioles 13-6 loss to the Blue Jays, prompting several verbal confrontations with Bautista.
There¿s no question that the Orioles¿ bullpen is trying to find its way through the first two weeks of the season. And a major part of that process is figuring out the role Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia will play among the relief corps.
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.