Os make cuts, other postgame notes
*The Orioles made their first round of roster cuts this afternoon, trimming eight names from the roster: Xavier Avery, LJ Hoes, Brian Ward, Ryan Adams, Josh Bell, Steve Johnson, Dylan Bundy, Michael Ohlman and Manny Machado –who was unofficially in big league camp.
Adam and Bell have been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk with Bundy being optioned to Class-A Delmarva. The others were reassigned to Minor League camp.
*Chris Tillman has been drawing raves this spring, hitting 95 mph on the gun on throwing three scoreless innings against the Red Sox this afternoon. The 23-year-old Tillman, who spent this offseason working out with Brady Anderson, is in noticeably better shape and pitching coach Rick Adair said Tillman is much stronger and better able to repeat his delivery.
“He attacked the strike zone with his fastball and his velocity,” manager Buck Showalter added. “Last year he’d come out there and be 88,90 and he was frustrated and then all of a sudden it pops up. His delivery has been more consistent, throwing the ball downhill, that fastball has allowed him to do different things. Chris is not scared. Chris is a competitor and I like a lot of things about him. This guy competes. There’s a lot more to him that may meet the eye to some people.”
Tillman struggled in his first outing to get the ball down, an adjustment he made in facing the Red Sox a second time. He faced just nine batters, allowing one hit and getting a double play ball.
“There’s a little different look about him,” Showalter said. “There’s not any deer in headlights, he knows the gig. You can tell he’s a lot more comfortable in this environment and now it’s just about pitching better. He’s one of our younger guys in camp and I think he’s grown a lot from last year to this year. I used to say last year some of the best development goes on in the offseason, guys like Chris and hopefully Brian, [Matusz] they kind of get away from it. It’s not all about working out…but Chris, mentally, he’s got a little different air about him.”
*Darren O’Day was scratched from Sunday’s game with groin soreness. O’Day said he felt something tighten up while stretching and the team is playing it safe for now.
*Matt Lindstrom (lower back soreness) is out indefinitely, as manager Buck Showalter said the right-hander won’t pitch on Monday and he will probably have to throw a side before getting into a game. Lindstrom last threw on Wednesday.
*Dana Eveland didn’t try to sugarcoat his outing on Saturday afternoon, in which he allowed three runs (one earned) and was only able to go two innings.
“Not very good,” he said of his performance. “I threw way too many pitches and gave up too many hits. I felt pretty good, but obviously against this lineup, you can’t really make too many mistakes, and I paid for pretty much every mistake I did make today. That’s the difference between having a good outing and a bad one. They hit every mistake I made.”
Eveland allowed six hits and admitted this is not the start he wanted in his new organization. The lefty is out of options and is trying to make the Orioles in any role –starting or relieving — that he can this spring.
“I just feel like I need to get a clean inning under my belt, and once I do that I’ll start getting in a groove and get more work out of the windup,” he said. “Both outings, I’ve hardly thrown out of the windup at all because they’ve been getting their hits, which is normal for me. I’m going to give up hits, but I’m normally pretty good at getting my double plays and keeping the ball on the ground. They’re hitting the ball in the air too much right now, so I have to work on getting that sinker to work better.”