Spring Training Day 3 news & notes (updated)
*The Orioles have claimed Jimmy Parades off waivers from the Marlins, who designated him for assignment last year. Parades has some versatility, playing in the infield and outfield, and he puts the club’s 40-man roster at capacity.
*Miguel Gonzalez left today’s workout halfway through with back spasms. It’s being described as more of a precautionary thing and Gonzalez wasn’t scheduled to throw his bullpen session today anyways
*The club is still missing Alfredo Aceves and Johnny Monell, with Monell’s flight cancelled again today.
*Suk-Min Yoon was here at the Orioles complex and is awaiting final word on his physical. He was joined by agent, Tad Hun Yo, who is part of the Boras Corporation. Yoon did not want to speak publicly about the O’s until it’s official –especially given his Tweet in an Oriole hat that went viral– although there’s a press conference tentatively scheduled for Monday.
The hope is that Yoon can avoid having to go back to South Korea and just work out in Orioles camp, but there’s no decision on that just yet.
*Jonathan Schoop has added some weight and really focused on becoming stronger this winter. Schoop, who had a long year that started with the World Baseball Classic and ended with the Arizona Fall League, hit a car in batting practice yesterday and manager Buck Showalter said you could hear the thump. Schoop, the organization’s top infield prospect, is competing for the second base spot this spring.
*Kelvin De La Cruz did not throw his scheduled bullpen session, going off of flat ground instead due to a sore left hamstring. He strained the area earlier this year. De La Cruz hopes to go off a regular mound in the next couple days.
*Those who did throw bullpen session today included Tommy Hunter, Bud Norris, Darren O’Day, Evan Meek, Troy Patton, Ryan Webb, Brad Brach, Wei-Yin Chen, Tim Alderson, Brock Huntzinger and TJ McFarland.
*Zach Briton also threw today, but did so in another area to make use of the drills set up to foster good command. Britton was the only one who went off that mound today, which is set up with strings as targets at the plate.
*Dylan Bundy took today off after going back-to-back days of up to 120 feet off flat ground. Assuming he feels OK, he will move back to 180 next week.
*Catch up with Orioles pitching prospect Mike Wright, subject of today’s “Two Minutes with” segment here.
*The debut of the “Question of the Day” took on the O’s lack of offseason plans and you can read that here.