Day 9 news and notes (updated)
It was an off day for the pitchers today as scheduled, and Monday will start the team’s voluntary biomechanical testing. Saturday is team picture day, so there won’t be any media access until after practice. Here are the rest of the notes from Ed Smith Stadium complex today…
*Dylan Bundy threw today and got up to 150 feet of long toss, which was encouraging. Things with Bundy are going “as well as you could hope for” manager Buck Showalter said today.
*Miguel Gonzalez (back spasms) threw a bullpen today with no issues. He will throw next, probably on Monday, with hitters tracking.
*Alfredo Aceves will not be with the team for at least 4-5 days, tending to a visa issue in Mexico. The O’s aren’t concerned about him missing time, however, given that he played in Winter League.
*Liam Hendriks, who was put on waivers on Wednesday for Ubaldo Jimenez, was claimed off of waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. This is the third time he’s been on waivers and claimed since the season ended.
*I discussed the Ervin Santana rumor and the nature of the O’s interest here.
*The Ubaldo Jimenez signing shows the Orioles “mean business” according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, and you can read that column here.
*Jimenez’s signing had a lot of factors in it, the fourth year was important and obviously so was the total contract value. But so was the initial visit he had with the O’s and the word of Pedro Martinez.
“We had a really good visit with [pitching coach] Dave Wallace and Dan [Duquette] and Lee Thomas at the Winter Meetings,” agent Fernando Cuz said yesterday. “I flew Ubaldo up. We spent a long time talking about the direction the organization was going. Dave Wallace and [athletic trainer] Chris Correnti had a connection with Pedro. Pedro thinks the world of Dave Wallace and of Chris. Chris was his personal trainer when he played with Boston and in New York. So he knew that these guys really know how to work with pitchers, and he had a chance to be on top of his game with this staff around him that Dan has put together.
So that’s what really impressed him more than anything. Dave speaks perfect Spanish, he knows the culture, he’s worked with some of the best Dominican pitchers in the history of baseball. And I think this environment is going to be good for him.”
Jimenez is a big family guy and plans on getting a house in the area. His mother will be a staple at Camden Yards every fifth day.
*Suk-min Yoon threw his first bullpen session as an Oriole yesterday and talked this morning with reporters through interpreter Justin Yoo:
“I threw nice and easy. My control was good, and it was better than I expected.”
Is he on pace with everyone else?
“I’m on pace and everyone’s been very welcoming, so that’s also helped me get on pace.”
What pitches does Yoon have?
“Fastball, slider, change, curve.”
Initial impressions of O’s after first four days?
“This is my first Spring Training here, but baseball is baseball anywhere you go. You’ve got some of the best players here, so spring camp has been very good.”
Intimidating being in the Majors after being in Korea for so long?
“No, not at all.”
Bullpen session tomorrow, throwing to hitters or what?
“[Pitching coach Dave] Wallace told me I’m going to throw a pen tomorrow. No hitters. Probably the same as yesterday.”
*With all the news in the Orioles signing two pitchers, the annual movie on the eve of the first full-squad workout didn’t generate much buzz in the media. But this year’s 20-minute motivational video, which manager Buck Showalter has made to show to the team every year, still did its job. Several players said this morning that the video — part of the team’s meeting– went over well, although it didn’t have some of the famous cameos of years past with guys like Ray Lewis.
*The “Two Minutes With…” series yesterday focused on new Oriole David Lough, who studied for and got certified to be a personal trainer while with the Royals. You can read more on him here.