As Chris Davis’ season-long struggles at the plate continued to spiral, the short-term solution Friday night was one the Orioles tried previously, giving the first baseman a day off to serve as a mental reset.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has had a challenging stretch in center field over the past week or so, but manager Buck Showalter said it's not at the point where he or Jones needs to change anything.
Most of the Orioles' starting lineup is set, even though the batting order remains unclear. Unless an injury hits the starting rotation, the addition of right-hander Yovani Gallardo gives the Orioles their five starters. The burning questions entering the Grapefruit League schedule center around the team's starting corner outfield spots, the composition of the back end of the bullpen and how the Orioles round out their bench.
The Orioles collectively attempted to move on from the Dexter Fowler fiasco on Friday, one day removed from being blind-sided by news that the veteran outfielder was remaining with the Chicago Cubs instead of joining the Orioles. Now, the club is left with more questions than answers.