Former Orioles ace Mike Mussina saw his vote total climb again in the balloting for the Baseball Hall of Fame, but missed out on induction, while Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman earned induction as the class of 2018.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette appeared on MLB Network's "High Heat" with Christopher Russo on Wednesday afternoon from the general managers' meetings in Phoenix and addressed the club's hopes to retain free agents Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz.
TORONTO ¿ Alexi Casilla woke up Friday morning expected to fly home to his native Dominican Republic that night to prepare for the upcoming winter ball season. Instead, he was on a flight to Toronto to join the Orioles with an opportunity to make the team¿s postseason roster.
Orioles right-hander Bud Norris said he was "a little bummed out" about being placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a right groin strain, but he understands the club is best served when he is fully healthy.
Before Monday's game, the Orioles purchased the contract of right-hander Josh Stinson from Triple-A Norfolk to bolster a bullpen that was depleted after right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez's short outing Sunday against the Oakland Athletics.
Catcher Caleb Joseph started again Wednesday, his fourth start in the Orioles' last five games. This time, Joseph started against a right-hander after making his previous three starts against left-handers.
DALLAS ¿ As the Orioles open a three-game series against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas, the club enters today optimistic that outfielder Nelson Cruz can return to the starting lineup tonight after he was hit by a pitch Sunday in Houston.
The Orioles purchased the contract of two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday evening and placed him on the 15-day major league disabled list as he continues to rehab from left-shoulder surgery.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he hopes that reliever Tommy Hunter, who was placed on the disabled list before Thursday's game against the Cleveland Indians with a left groin strain, will be able to return when he's eligible to be activated June 5.
Despite top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy being scheduled for just one inning Tuesday in extended spring training, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he'd "be surprised if you don't see another level gone to by him in that game. Just because the juices are flowing and somebody is trying to beat you."
Right-handed reliever Brad Brach had been in the majors for parts of three seasons with the San Diego Padres, but he admits he might have had some jitters when he made his Orioles debut on May 3, allowing three runs and getting just four outs against Minnesota.
Left-hander Johan Santana, who is recovering from his second shoulder surgery in a three-year span, threw two innings in his first extended spring training game Monday afternoon at the Orioles' complex in Sarasota, Fla.