Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is slated to play in his first minor league rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie tonight, weather permitting, and there is a possibility Davis could be activated as soon as Sunday, the first day he is eligible to come off the disabled list.
Second baseman Ryan Flaherty, making just his second start in 10 days, drove in the winning run with an RBI single in a two-run eighth inning, giving the Orioles a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in front of an announced 11,855.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter always worries about the impact on his pitching staff when the schedule gets scrambled by bad weather, but the club figures to come out of Thursday's doubleheader in pretty good shape under the circumstances.
First baseman-outfielder Steve Pearce was claimed on unconditional release waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, according to an industry source, but he rejected the claim, became a free agent and re-signed with the Orioles.
A stipulation in baseball's rules allows a club to re-sign a player and place him on the active roster if the "club has had less than the full complement of active players at all times from the date of the waiver request to the date [the] player is re-signed."
The Orioles already faced looming roster decisions before they officially placed first baseman Chris Davis on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals. And now the club's roster management is about to get trickier.
Before Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that, while he's hopeful Chris Davis can return from the 15-day disabled list when he's eligible May 11, he's not expecting the first baseman to be recovered from a left oblique strain by that time.
Soon after left-hander T.J. McFarland saved the Orioles bullpen with a solid three-ininng relief effort, he found out that he would be headed back to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for a much-needed additional position player.
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, whom the Orioles signed to a four-year, $50 million contract in February, couldn't get out of the sixth inning against a free-swinging Toronto Blue Jays lineup in an 11-3 rout Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards in front of an announced 39,281.
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz is available for today's series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays after being bedridden the past two days with an illness that included a brief stay in a local hospital.
Orioles pitcher Bud Norris has talked this spring about showing Baltimore fans what he can do when he is healthy and pitching at the level he demands from himself. He used the Grapefruit League to make his point, finishing a good spring with a solid effort Tuesday in a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
SARASOTA, FLa. -- In Dan Connolly¿s 25-man Opening Day roster breakdown in today¿s Baltimore Sun, he said that the battle for the final two bench spots ¿ between Steve Pearce, Nolan Reimold and Michael Almanzar ¿ will be the top roster battle as spring training winds down.
The competition for the reserve catcher role may not be the most compelling story in spring training for the Orioles, but it was very much on display in Monday¿s 7-6 victory over the host Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field.