Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Jimmy Paredes, who made his first rehabilitation appearance Tuesday for Double-A Bowie, performed well despite an 0-for-3 night and a fielding error that led to an unearned run.
Orioles left-handed reliever Brian Matusz received a cortisone injection in his lower back following his one-inning Grapefruit League outing Sunday and might not be ready to return in time for the beginning of the regular season.
It has not been a happy couple of days for Jimmy Paredes, whose attempt to show the Orioles that he can be a viable option in the outfield took a major hit when he rolled over his left wrist trying to make a play in Thursday's exhibition loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
SARASOTA, Fla. ¿ The Orioles¿ early spring training barnstorming tour continues this afternoon as the Orioles play the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, part of a stretch of five road games in their first seven to open the Grapefruit League season.
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.
Maybe designated hitter Jimmy Paredes is not going to be a career .340 hitter, but the Orioles are in no position to discount that possibility after the way he came off the disabled list and climbed to the top of the American League batting rankings. So they might need to find him a position in the future.
This Orioles team is immersed in a month-long struggle to score runs. And a day after beating the Astros in Monday's series opener thanks to a pair of two-run homers, the Orioles bats continued to struggle in a 4-1 loss to Houston in front of an announced 21,541 at Camden Yards.
Chris Tillman's rain-shortened start might have been good for his health. The Orioles will have to figure out how to handle Jimmy Paredes when Matt Wieters comes back. And Houston's Dallas Keuchel will be a tough matchup for Orioles on Memorial Day.
The Orioles certainly would have a better, deeper bullpen if they had ponied up the $40 million or so it would have taken to re-sign reliever Andrew Miller. But you have to look beyond his near-perfect performance with the Yankees to evaluate the decision to let him get out of Baltimore.
Jimmy Paredes is hoping that at age 26, he¿s not being viewed strictly as a designated hitter. He wants to show that he can contribute in more ways than just with his bat. Right now, though, he is more than happy to take whatever playing time that comes his way
When at its best, Orioles manager Buck Showalter¿s roster is full of flexibility. There are lots of interchangeable parts, players who can play all around the diamond and a coupe du jour of hitters who can fill the designated hitter spot.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he spoke to Major League Baseball¿s chief baseball officer Joe Torre in the aftermath of Friday¿s strange game in which right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was ejected, but wouldn¿t divulge any details of his conversation.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter had lots of injury updates today during his pregame press conference, including news that catcher Matt Wieters (right elbow) will act as a designated hitter in an extended spring game in Florida on Tuesday.