The Orioles have played 21 games this spring, and are gearing up for more cuts today. As today’s game against the Tigers plays out, the club is working on cuts as we speak. But, who’s going to get the famous red tag in their locker?
Remember the scene in Major League when Rick Vaughn caught the red tag in his locker? Turns out it was just that Dorn playing a practical joke on him, but there won’t be any of that today.
Who’s it going to be?
Maybe we see Chris Johnson get cut?Through 50 AB’s this spring he’s hitting .240/.283/.400 with 13 K’s, and one home run. There’s not much room for another first baseman at the moment. Davis isn’t going anywhere, and is he gets hurt, its automatic that Mancini would back him up.
Robert Andino may be on the block as well. Andino has been in 20 games this spring, and is batting just .057 with nine strikeouts, four walks, and an OBP of .175. He was signed for Depth, and fans went crazy. There isn’t really a spot for him on the big league club at the moment with Schoop, and Janish the 1-2 guys at second base.
Tyler Wilson might not be on the block right now, but he needs to get it together if he wants to try to fill Chris Tillman’s spot for April. Wilson has gone 12.2 innings in five appearances (two starts) and has allowed a whopping 7.11 ERA, with 14 hits against him, three home runs, and allowing an opposing batting average of .286.
There are many options for the rotation to fill in for Tillman while he makes his rehab starts in April.
Of course, we’re all hoping it’s only April he misses.
Update: Orioles lose 7-1
The Orioles were taken down today in Sarasota by the Tigers, 7-1. Everything was rolling along with Kevin Gausman as he went five strong innings, allowing two hits, and not giving up a run. At one point Gausman had retired five-of-nine batters via the strikeout. He finished with 78 pitches, and again, went FIVE INNINGS. I have to highlight it as the only other pitcher that went that far his spring was Ubaldo Jimenez, as he went 4.2 in his last start.
Chris Davis looked good as he ripped a scorching hot double into right field in the second, and then dropped one against the shift in the bottom of the fourth. He walked once and also scored. He’s still searching for his first spring home run.
Richard Bleier was roughed up as soon as he entered the game in the sixth. He faced seven batters, allowing four hits on two earned runs.
Zach Stewart also got touched up pretty good today. He entered the game in the 7th, and pitches until the 9th. He gave up a home run to Matt Murton, and allowed three earned runs altogether, on five hits, while striking out one. He faced 11.
Jesus Loranzo pitched the ninth inning. He hit two batters in the ribs, allowed a two-run homer to John Hicks, which was the only hit he allowed, and faced six batters total.
The Orioles will travel to Ft. Myers tomorrow to take on the Red Sox at 1:05.
The Orioles have made their cuts for this round.
RHP Jesus Liranzo, who pitched this afternoon, has been optioned to AA Bowie.
Last season, Liranzo appeared in 11 games with the Baysox, pitching to a 1-1 record with a 3.38 ERA. He struck out 66 batters in 53 innings while allowing 27 walks and just three home runs.
Also reassigned to minor league camp is outfielder Logan Schafer, utility man David Washington, and catcher Austin Wynns.
More cuts are expected tomorrow.