A few off day notes (updated)
*Following Sunday’s 3-2, 10-inning win, the Orioles are off today after arriving back in Baltimore from the West Coast, where they finished a 10-game road trip 6-4.
Here are a few notes and stories to keep you going until Tuesday’s homestand begins…
*I keep getting questions on the progress of Orioles lefty Zach Britton, who is working closely with Chris Correnti in Sarasota. Britton has been building up arm strength since getting platelet rich plasma treatment in his left shoulder and until he starts to throw bullpens it’s impossible to handicap when he might return. However, it is important to note that he hasn’t had any setbacks so far and hasn’t needed to schedule a return visit to Dr. James Andrews, who performed the PRP. Correnti has remained in contact with Andrews and right now Britton isn’t in any pain, so the treatment appears to be working.
*New Oriole reliever Matt Lindstrom is focused on using all of his pitches and avoiding a pattern of predictability as a fastball-only guy. His command has improved the past few seasons as a result and Lindstrom, who hails from Idaho and speaks fluent Swedish, has a pretty interesting story. You can more about him here.
*In Minor League news, the Orioles released right-handed pitcher Ross Wolf from Double-A Bowie and have signed Bill Hall to a Minor League deal that is expected to be made official on Tuesday. Hall, a utility player who elected free agency after not making the Yankees, played for the Giants and Astros last season. The 32-year-old would presumably add depth organizationally and the Orioles like his defense at third base and power against left-handed pitching.
*Finally, Orioles lefty pitcher Dontrelle Willis has left Triple-A Norfolk without the organization’s permission after being placed on the Minor League restricted list. Willis was signed to a Minor League deal by Baltimore after being released this spring by the Phillies. Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette confirmed the news, first reported by CBSSports.com, and said there are no plans for the team to release Willis who is currently on the restricted list.