The Orioles are expected to announce the signing of outfielder Tyler Colvin to a major league deal today, as we first reported last night, pending a physical. He will be the 12th outfielder who will be invited to spring training.
Nick Markakis likes to stay in shape, something that was a challenge last winter while he recovered from the broken thumb that cut short his 2012 season and cost him his first opportunity to play in the postseason.
A CBSSports.com report surfaced Wednesday evening that the club made offers to closer Grant Balfour and Nelson Cruz. An industry source said while the Orioles' discussions with Balfour were progressing on Wednesday night, their reported pursuit of Cruz was exaggerated.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to know he was going to be asked during his formal winter meetings media session about the team's relative inactivity while other American League East clubs make moves to improve.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter faces the task of reshuffling a roster that took a severe hit this week in a five-day span in which the club traded All-Star closer Jim Johnson and former Orioles Nate McLouth and Scott Feldman, two of the team's top priorities to resign, signed elsewhere.
But I¿ve been saying for a while that Manny Machado will win a Gold Glove this season. Those who have watched him this year ¿ and his ability to make both routine and difficult plays seem easy ¿ would agree.
While the Orioles had hoped that third baseman Manny Machado could avoid offseason surgery on his left knee, it became obvious to the club since the season ended that a non-surgical recovery could result in a greater chance of Machado injuring the knee again.
Markakis was awarded this year's annual Tim Wheatley Award, which was created in 2010 by the Baltimore Sun Media Group to honor a local athlete whose contributions off the field are as important as those on the field. Markakis was presented the award prior to Saturday's game.
The MRI performed on Orioles third baseman Manny Machado's left knee has this afternoon has been read by a radiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, but the club won't announce the findings until team ordopedist Dr. John Wilckens also reads the results.
The Orioles lost their fifth consecutive game on Monday, a 5-4 defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays that ended when pinch-hitter James Loney hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning against right-hander Tommy Hunter.
Moments after Orioles third baseman Manny Machado crumbled to the ground beyond the first base bag with an apparent left leg injury on Monday afternoon, fellow major leaguers extended their best wishes to one of the game's brightest young starts.
Six of the eight Orioles who played all 18 innings in Friday's six hour, 54-minute marathon were in Saturday's starting lineup. It took them until the ninth to score in Saturday's 5-1 defeat to the Rays.
On Friday night (and Saturday morning), the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays combined for the longest game, time-wise, in both franchises' histories, a six hour, 54-minute, 18-inning ordeal that ended on David DeJesus' single to right that gave the celebrating Rays a 5-4 win.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter's dust up with Yankees skipper Joe Girardi during Baltimore's 4-2 win Monday night is being reviewed by the commissioner's office, according to an industry source, but there was no determination of any possible penalties as of late Tuesday afternoon.