In an Orioles bullpen that has faced plenty of turnover one month into the 2019 campaign, Sunday marked perhaps a record day of change. Excluding the three position players manager Brandon Hyde has sent to the mound, the Orioles have deployed 18 relief pitchers this season, the most in baseball.
Sunday, the Orioles recalled catcher Austin Wynns and right-handers Branden Kline and Luis Ortiz from Triple-A Norfolk. Right-hander Alex Cobb was placed on the injured list, right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis was optioned to Norfolk, and catcher Jesús Sucre was designated for assignment.
Before the opener was a popular modern baseball concept, Mike Wright would have just started Saturday's 5-3 Orioles win over the Yankees. Brandon Hyde's first major league win came where the modern tactics being thrust upon him intersected with the trust he's granted his team.
Projecting the Orioles' Opening Day roster after a round of cuts including Austin Hays, Anthony Santander, and Cody Carroll provided plenty of clarity into Mike Elias and Brandon Hyde's reasoning as they build the 25-man roster.
Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo hasn't played in a game all spring, but that's given him unique perspective in getting to face tricky arms like Richard Bleier and Jimmy Yacabonis on the back fields at Ed Smith Stadium.
Every February in Sarasota, young pitchers arrive at Orioles camp for spring training with the idea that a big league rotation spot is there to win — until a late-signing free-agent pitcher snatches it up and consigns them to the minors. This year, that isn't expected to be the case.
Orioles rookie John Andreoli had to wait until the final inning Wednesday for his first Fenway Park hit, adding to a memorable first trip as a major leaguer to the park he visited countless times growing up.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter dind't know who Wednesday's starting pitcher would be until late Tuesday night, but it didn't matter. Emergency starter Jimmy Yacabonis and his bullpen mates took care of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Orioles third baseman Renato Núñez broke out of his recent skid with a big afternoon in Saturday’s 10-3 loss to the New York Yankees, collecting three hits including a two-run single that temporarily gave the Orioles an early lead.
On Saturday afternoon against the New York Yankees, Jimmy Yacabonis yielded four runs in the third inning during his second time through the order, shifting the momentum of the game to send the Orioles to a 10-3 loss in Game 1 of a split doubleheader at Camden Yards.