Day 26 news & notes (updated)

*The Orioles have optioned left-handed pitcher Tim Berry and catcher Michael Ohlman to Double-A Bowie and reassigned catcher Brian Ward to Minor League camp. They now have 53 players at major league spring training, including 15 non-roster invitees.

Manager Buck Showalter was particularly impressed by Berry, who was protected on the 40-man roster this winter, and will be part of the Baysox rotation.

“Very intriguing what the future may hold for him,” Showalter said. “I think it’s going to be a big year for Berry. I think he’s got a chance to really pop.”

There will probably be two or three more cuts on Tuesday.

*Alexi Casilla (hamstring) is “real close” to being able to play and tomorrow is a “possibility” for him to get into the game.

*Bud Norris and Kevin Gausman will pitch in Thursday’s game on the road against the Yankees.

*The plan is for Adam Jones to play in Tuesday’s game and then fly to his fiancee, who will induce labor on the couple’s first child.

*Lefty Zach Britton is well aware of the Ervin Santana rumors, but the 25-year-old lefty —who is vying for a rotation spot this spring— isn’t letting the team’s possible acquisitions change his approach.

“I haven’t really looked into any of the stuff,” said Britton, who is out of options and could also be a bullpen guy if he doesn’t make the rotation “If we sign another guy, we sign another guy. That’s been my mindset. I know when I’m healthy and I’m pitching the way I am, I can compete with anybody that we sign. Whether I get the opportunity to do that, it’s out of my control. But just go out there and put on a good showing and hopefully I’ve got an opportunity on this team and kind of go from there.”

Britton has given up one run in six spring innings and said after Sunday’s game this is the best he’s felt in years.

“When a quality hitter swings and misses the sinker, that’s a pretty good sinker, especially at 93-95 [mph],” manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s been sharp. I’m excited with how he’s doing. Hopefully, he’s following the same path as another guy [Chris Tillman] who was out of options last spring.

Britton, who would almost certainly be claimed off waivers if he doesn’t make the Opening Day roster, credits his offseason work and new mindset for his performance so far in spring. While there’s still progress to be made, the lefty is encouraged with where he’s at in the second week of March.

“A lot of the focus has just gone toward what I can do on the field to be successful and stopped worrying about signings that we do or roster decisions,” he said. “The focus is now completely out on the field and out on that mound and how can I improve and better myself this year.”

ORIOLES LINEUP
Jemile Weeks 2B
Quintin Berry CF
Delmon Young RF
Steve Clevenger C
Steve Pearce 1B
Henry Urrutia LF
Alex Gonzalez SS
Xavier Paul DH
Michael Almanzar 3B

Chris Tillman RHP

PIRATES LINEUP
Michael Martinez 2B
Russell Martin 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Chris Dickerson LF
Travis Snider RF
Travis Ishikawa 1B
Josh Harrison 3B
Chris McGuiness DH
Clint Barmes SS
Jay Jackson RHP

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