The Orioles will make their first round of spring cuts tomorrow, probably between 4-6 guys.
There was some serious wind going today, and no one looked particularly sharp, but manager Buck Showalter wasn’t particularly concerned.
“We’ve got 30 mph winds blowing out there,” Showalter said. “It’s one of those things you get through. If this was two weeks for now, you’d look at it a little differently. As long as they feel good and their arms feel good… They feel good physically and that’s good enough for me right now.”
A trio of Orioles made their Grapefruit League debut in Wednesday’s 19-7 win over Team Spain, with relievers Luis Ayala, Darren O’Day and closer Jim Johnson each pitching an inning a piece.
“It was a good work day is what I thought,” said Johnson, who was slowed last spring with a back issue. “I got what I needed out of it.”
O’Day and Johnson –both coming off career seasons– are being slow-played like Ayala and have pitched in several simulated games on the back fields at the Ed Smith Stadium complex leading up to Wednesday. O’Day entered in the seventh inning with a 13-run lead and allowed a pair of runs on two hits, while Johnson pitched the eighth and gave up an unearned run after surrendering a leadoff triple.
“We’ve already got it kind of lined up,” Johnson said of the rest of his spring schedule. “The next outing we got is for the 10th [of March], and then if things change, things change. But we got it set up that I will do a little bit of everything. I will do back-to-back, maybe an inning-plus or something like that. We have it all laid out as to where going to finish, so that we’re ready. I get like two days off before the season starts.”
Ayala pitched a scoreless fourth inning and allowed two hits with a strikeout. The right-hander is coming off an active winter and he pitched in the Mexican Winter League playoffs before coming down to Sarasota, so the Orioles have used extra caution in bringing him along this spring since he’s already in game shape.
“I’m pretty sure we’ll pick our spots with them,” manager Buck Showalter said of Ayala, Johnson and O’Day. “I don’t think you’ll see them pitch on the same day all the time. We’ll see. I am going to treat each one of them a little differently.”