Spring Training Day 4 news & notes (updated)
*The big news of the day was Manny Machado reported to camp and took batting practice and ground balls. Machado is still not cleared to run the bases or participate in any games and won’t see the doctor again until mid-March. You can read more on that here.
*Pitcher Alfredo Aceves and catcher Johnny Monell have both reported to camp after weather-related issues caused the pair to be late arrivals. Aceves is competing for a spot in the bullpen while Monell is vying for the backup catcher job. Both guys played winter ball, so they aren’t behind at all when it comes to being ready.
*Zach Britton has made throwing to a moveable target a big part of his spring routine, and he will continue to make establishing that sinker a priority. You can read more on that unusual drill here.
*Pitchers who threw bullpens today were: Aceves, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman, Edgmer Escalona, Steve Johnson, Mike Belfiore, Kevin Gausman, Liam Hendriks, Eduardo Rodriguez, Josh Stinson and Mike Wright.
*There’s only five players missing from Orioles camp with a ton of early reports. Delmon Young, Francisco Peguero, Alex Gonzalez, Ivan De Jesus and Xavier Paul.
*Suk-Min Yoon passed his physical, but no official announcement from the team yet. Given the golf tournament on Monday afternoon, it’s an early day for the O’s, it’s more likely that the press conference would be Tuesday.
*Miguel Gonzalez did not take his scheduled bullpen on Sunday as the right-handed pitcher —who exited Saturday’s workout with back spasms— will give it another day or two to let the area calm down.
“My lower back tightened up a little bit on the run down covering first [base],” Gonzalez said. “I haven’t been stretching as much as I was used to. The second day out. I feel pretty good now. I feel a lot better than I did yesterday.”
Gonzalez, who threw a bullpen on Friday, will continue to get treatment on the area and play it by ear in terms of getting back up on the mound. The right-hander had a minor back issue before one of his starts last year, but was still able to pitch.