News & notes Day 25 (updated)

Greetings from Ed Smith Stadium, where the Orioles will take on the Pirates.

*The Orioles have reassigned three guys to Minor League camp: infielder Chris Marrero and pitchers Mike Wright and Fabio Castillo.

*No news on Ervin Santana, who is still weighing one-year offers of similar value from both Toronto and Baltimore. (You can read EVP Dan Duquuette’s comments here.) It’s impossible to handicap which team has the edge, although several Orioles joked this morning it shouldn’t be close if the right-hander wants to win. If Santana did come to Baltimore, it would almost certainly mean the team would make a trade with some of their pitching depth before Opening Day.

*Manny Machado will see the doctor on March 18 and he said this morning he expects to start sliding before he gets re-evaluated. Machado –who expects base running to be one of the biggest hurdles to cross– could be cleared for game action at that appointment, although even if he is he could start slow such as sim games or going to the Minor League complex.

*Miguel Gonzalez, who was hit with a liner during Friday’s game, will throw 15-20 pitches today to test his left shin. He called it a “touch and feel” session.

Here are your lineups…

ORIOLES LINEUP
David Lough CF
Nelson Cruz LF
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones DH
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Matt Wieters C
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

PIRATES LINEUP

Starling Marte LF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Gaby Sanchez DH
Jose Tabata RF
Tony Sanchez C
Brent Morel 1B
Clint Barmes 3B
Michael Martinez SS

Edinson Volquez RHP

Also slated to pitch: Zach Britton, Brad Brach, Eddie Gamboa, Brock Huntzinger, Steve Johnson, Josh Stinson and Kelvin De La Cruz.

2 Comments

Britt, new to your “bird watch”.  Normally I am more of a Raven fan, but over the last couple of years, I must admit the O’s are more entertaining to watch and with the moves they have made recently, they should be very competitive. I want to tell you that are a total “babe” and the best thing that has happened to the Baltimore sports scene for a long time.  Plus you have an awesome sports mind, what’s not to like about that…….all males should appreciate your presence!!!! Kelley Brown (Halethorpe)   kellbro@comcast.net     (I am originally from Ohio)

Hey Britt-any idea on what might be on the trade front? I’ve heard Norris, but wouldn’t Britton make a lot more sense? I realize Norris is cost effective and controlled for another year, which would make him pretty valuable. But Britton is out of options. To me, Norris would fit much better in a bullpen role than Britton and is a better depth option should we experience some injuries to the rotation. Also, I wasn’t really interested in signing Santana until he went down to 1 year. It just seems like if we the residual effect of signing Santana is moving Norris, then all of a sudden Santana becomes much more risky of a signing. He’s been inconsistent throughout his career, and if he puts up a stinker of a 2014 AND we lose Norris for next year that sounds like a lot of eggs to put in Santana’s basket. Also, what kind of return would we be looking for? Are we looking for prospects or young mlb ready talent like Nick Franklin? Just a few thoughts. What do you think?

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