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.
A winless swoon that spanned all of spring training came to an end for the Orioles with Saturday¿s 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, but the victory was pyrrhic as catcher Matt Wieters left the game after the first inning with elbow soreness.
The Orioles opened their home exhibition schedule with a wild-and-crazy 11-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Ed Smith Stadium on Wednesday that featured a frightening spring debut by starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and the first Chris Davis moonshot of the Grapefruit League season.
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.
After selecting right-hander Jason Garcia in the Rule 5 draft before last season, the Orioles had to figure out a way to carry a player who hadn¿t previously pitched above Single-A. Now, the team has the freedom to send Garcia to the minors instead of forcing him to develop at the major league level.
But the Orioles' faint postseason hopes died with their 3-2 10 inning loss combined with the Cleveland Indians' 5-4 walkoff win over the Chicago White Sox. It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Orioles, tying a season high.
With another swing of the bat, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis continued his historic first half Saturday. In the second inning, Davis pushed a 3-2 offering from Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Todd Redmond into the left-center field seats next to the bullpen area.
Trayvon Robinson suited up for the first time as an Oriole on Saturday and took part in the first official full-squad workout, but the outfielder had hoped to be in camp a lot earlier after being acquired in the November deal that sent infielder Robert Andino to the Seattle Mariners.