Spring Training news and notes Day 2 (updated)
*Those who threw bullpens today: Wei-Yin Chen, Jason Hammel, Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez, Mark Hendrickson, Pedro Strop, Daniel McCutchen, Troy Patton, Daniel Schlereth, Mike Belfiore, Kevin Gausman and Eduardo Rodriguez.
Gausman has been given the nickname “Dunkin” by reliever Darren O’Day, a moniker which refers to Gausman’s habit of eating powdered donuts in between innings when he pitches.
As for adjusting to big-league camp, Gausman –who has his locker positioned by O’Day and closer Jim Johnson—seems to be fitting right in and taking the good-natured ribbing in stride.
“There’s no rookie hazing,” Showalter said. “I heard a couple of guys asking him to get them a drink of water. I haven’t done that. [Top pitching prospect Dylan] Bundy was kind of an experienced receiver of that, kind of helped him.”
O’Day and Johnson are two guys that are being held back a little this spring, and manager Buck Showalter said they are a day or two away from throwing bullpens as the team tries to keep those guys fresh for the entire season.
*Hendrickson threw his first bullpen, showing the sidearm delivery that he’s been working on. Hendrickson has also started throwing a slider for the first time in his career and the non-roster invitee –who is trying to reinvent himself– has been encouraged by the early results.
“For the seventh time on the mound, it feels very natural,” said Hendrickson, who threw to college hitters over the weekend before reporting to camp. “Obviously, there’s going to be times I need to kind of incorporate some of the things they’re trying, but if you talk to Rick in the first two days I threw in Baltimore, it was exciting to see how quickly I picked up some of the stuff we talked about on Wednesday, and then when I came back and threw on Friday. But the key for me, too, is getting some games where it’s just time to compete.”
*Yamaico Navarro remains the only player on the Orioles spring roster to report.
*Adam Jones will leave camp for Team USA on March 3, and he’s one of possible three Orioles who will participate in the World Baseball Classic. Reliever Pedro Strop will pitch for the Dominican Republic while Luis Ayala will decide by tomorrow whether to accept the invitation to pitch for Team Mexico. Ayala has not thrown a bullpen yet this spring, but he’s coming off a winter ball season and is already in game shape.
Jones will play in a lot of the Orioles’ early spring games he said, while Strop expected to get 2-3 innings in a game before leaving.
*Tsuyoshi Wada (Tommy John surgery) is slated to throw off a flat mound on Feb. 25.
*Outfielder Trayvon Robinson has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. Robinson has been invited to Major League Spring Training and has a locker set up here in the clubhouse already.
*Orioles pitcher Zach Braddock will be slowed to start Spring Training as the non-roster invitee is rehabbing back from surgery in July to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Braddock, a non-roster invitee who signed with Baltimore in mid-December, started a throwing program last month and doesn’t have an exact timetable for getting up on the mound yet as he continues to build up arm strength.
“With these kinds of things you plan for whatever is going to happen and err on the side of caution,” said Braddock, who has been working with pitching rehab coordinator Chris Correnti on a progression to throwing bullpen sides. “I think the team and I both expect to just progress as smooth as we can.
I’m happy with where I’m at. I think the general idea is mutual with the understanding of just preparing me to become an asset for the Orioles.”
For more on Braddock, who was diagnosed with the labrum tear in 2009, see the full story on Orioles.com.
*The Orioles will host five Division I college baseball teams for the Snowbird Classic at Ed Smith Stadium and the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex this weekend, Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 17. Five college teams – Florida Gulf Coast University, the University of Notre Dame, Ohio State University, St. Johns University and Mercer University – will play games at Ed Smith Stadium from Friday through Sunday. One game, on Sunday, February 17, will be played at the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park. Over 6,000 fans are expected to attend the three-day event.
Day passes for the games can be purchased for $10 by calling 941-893-6300. Tickets may also be purchased at the Ed Smith Stadium Box Office, which is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Parking is available for $5 per vehicle in the East lot at Ed Smith Stadium.
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