Orioles legend and Hall of Famer Jim Palmer says he sees a more confident Chris Davis as the team returns to Chicago, the site of Palmer's comments calling into question Davis' work ethic and desire to break out of his slump last May.
Sunday, the Orioles recalled catcher Austin Wynns and right-handers Branden Kline and Luis Ortiz from Triple-A Norfolk. Right-hander Alex Cobb was placed on the injured list, right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis was optioned to Norfolk, and catcher Jesús Sucre was designated for assignment.
Orioles left-hander John Means built up his arm strength at a pitching facility this offseason, and honed the changeup that baffled the New York Yankees both there and with new Orioles "changeup guru" Chris Holt.
The Orioles claimed Pedro Severino off waivers from the Nationals. Reliever Paul Fry will start against the Phillies in Sunday's split-squad game in Clearwater. He'll be the "opener" and he says he will welcome the opportunity if he's needed in that role during the season.
The Orioles have spent most of the little time dedicated to the major league roster this offseason remaking what their infield depth chart looks like, from Rule 5 picks Richie Martin and Drew Jackson to waiver claims Rio Ruiz, Hanser Alberto and Jack Reinheimer.