While Jake Arrieta threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings for his second straight scoreless spring outing, Buck Showalter quickly pointed out that Arrieta had seven three-ball counts and threw just eight first-pitch strikes to the 19 batters he faced.
Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, who was scheduled to pitch in Sunday afternoon's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies, was moved back because of muscle spasms in his groin and additionally he is scheduled to participate in the team's biomechanical testing on Tuesday.
Last March, Jason Pridie was fighting for a roster spot in Oakland Athletics' spring training camp when he received a 50-game suspension for a second failed test for a recreational drug — a "drug of habit" as Major League Baseball calls it. First failed tests are kept confidential.
The Orioles are pushing to add another outfielder, and if they can't re-sign free agent left fielder Nate McLouth, they are trolling for other options, including former New York Yankees first baseman-outfielder Nick Swisher and former Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Nate Schierholtz.
As part of their continuing search to add depth and improve their roster, the Orioles have had multiple, face-to-face meetings with the representatives for pitcher Kevin Correia and outfielder Nate Schierholtz, according to an industry source.
During the Orioles postseason run, manager Buck Showalter often said that 42-year-old future Hall-of-Famer Jim Thome was walking around the clubhouse with the exuberance of a kid playing his first day of Little League.
The Orioles were just two outs away from taking a commanding 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. But a pair of solo homers by Raul Ibanez quickly reversed the roles and put the Orioles on the brink of elimination.
Is Laurel at the center of the Major League Baseball universe? That may be a stretch, but then again it was also far-fetched at the beginning of the season that the Baltimore Orioles would have a winning record let alone make the playoffs for the first time since 1997.
A year ago Friday, Robert Andino etched his name into Orioles lore with a ninth-inning sinking liner to left that escaped the glove of Boston¿s Carl Crawford, plated Nolan Reimold with the game-winner, extinguished the Red Sox¿s playoff hopes and helped send that franchise into an unforeseen spiral.
The big news coming out of Buck Showalter¿s press briefing today in Arlington is that designated hitter Jim Thome is ahead of schedule and will head down to Sarasota, Fla., on Wednesday to begin rehab.
Designated hitter Jim Thome, who has been out since July 28 with neck issues, will be out for at least another month after doctors found a ¿fresh herniation,¿ according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter.