Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen became the first Orioles starter to throw five innings this spring and was one wind-aided home run ball away from a scoreless effort against the Red Sox¿s split-squad team Saturday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium.
Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz threw four scoreless innings against the Phillies on Saturday. The lefty's fastball consistently stayed in the 90s as he allowed three hits while striking out four and walking none.
Jason Hammel gave himself a passing grade in his first Grapefruit League outing with the Orioles. The right-hander rated his two scoreless innings against the Braves as a "B, C-plus" and said he needs to improve his mechanics.
The Orioles are near an agreement on a trade that would send starter Jeremy Guthrie, to the Colorado Rockies for two players, believed to be pitchers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom, according to industry sources.