The Orioles headed back to Baltimore after their exhibition finale Friday night with their Opening Day roster essentially set. The one question remaining was the same one the Orioles brass has been asking itself the past week.
Former Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez cleared release waivers Friday, officially receiving his unconditional release from the club and becoming a free agent. It seems unlikely, but the Orioles still hope they can re-sign Gonzalez to a minor league deal and have him pitch in the rotation at Triple-A Norfolk. Gonzalez will likely get a major league offer elsewhere.
New Orioles starter Yovani Gallardo might have had a solid second start of the spring if he hadn¿t run into Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco or, more accurately, Franco had not run into a couple of pitches and driven them over the left field fence to account for four of the five runs Gallardo gave up over 2 1/3 innings of work.
Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy hasn¿t worn No. 49 long enough to be attached to the jersey number, so when the team added right-hander Yovani Gallardo ¿ who has worn No. 49 over his entire major league career ¿ he easily gave it up.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said earlier this spring that infielder Everth Cabrera would likely see time in the outfield this spring, and Cabrera will make his first Grapefruit League start this afternoon, starting in center field and leading off against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field.