Spring Training news & notes Day 3 (updated)
*Alejandro De Aza reported to camp today (early) and said there’s no hard feelings about losing in arbitration.
“Win or lose, life goes on,” he said. “Everything is going to be the same.”
Still, those hearings can be quite contentious as the Orioles point out why he’s not worth that much and his side argues the reverse. De Aza, who was arbitration eligible for the first time this winter, said it wasn’t as bad as he had heard from other players.
“I thought it was going to be worse,” he said.
As for baseball, De Aza is excited to get fresh start with Baltimore at the beginning of the year and he will have a more prominent role without Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz.
*Caleb Joseph left Sunday’s workout early as his wife, Brooke, was taken to a local hospital. She’s due with the couple’s first child on March 1 and manager Buck Showalter said the hospital visit isn’t anything serious.
*Dylan Bundy is slated to start the season in Double-A, manager Buck Showalter said. Bundy threw his second bullpen session today and has no physical restrictions this spring.
*Dane De La Rosa is coming off right meniscus surgery in September, but Showalter said he thinks he will be fine. They’ll probably just be a little cautious with him early.
*New Oriole Jayson Nix is expected to report to camp Monday or Tuesday.
*Brad Brach, who is out of options, could have a “more significant role” this year. Showalter said Brach -coming off a breakout year- has a different vibe about him in camp. He’s expected to make the team’s bullpen.
*Ryan Webb has lost weight and Showalter noted that it’s good weight as Webb appears to be in better shape. It’s a big year for the right-hander, who is trying to make the team. He’ll have to be quicker to the plate than he was last year to help his chances.
*The bullpen session list today was Ubaldo Jimenez, Darren O’Day, Bud Norris, Tommy Hunter, Chris Tillman, Ryan Webb, Miguel Gonzalez, Wei-Yin Chen, Zach Britton, Brad Brach, T.J. McFarland, Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy and Mark Hendrickson.
*I wrote a little bit about Hunter Harvey yesterday, (and you can see video of his first bullpen session yesterday here).
Showalter does everything for a reason. So, it’s highly unlikely it’s a coincidence that veteran pitchers Darren O’Day and Tommy Hunter have been in pitching prospect Harvey’s group during Spring Training’s early workouts.
“In the PFP [pitchers fielding practice] groups, having O’Day and Hunter, if they see something I don’t do right they help me,” said Harvey, 20, who is the youngest pitcher in camp. “They’ve helped me a lot just about everything.”
Harvey threw his first bullpen session on Saturday, to quite the large crowd, and drew raves later from Showalter for keeping calm. His secret? Pretending he was having at home throwing to his regular offseason catcher, his brother Chris.
While Harvey admitted being in his first big league camp is still “pretty nerve-wracking— he has been gotten a warm welcome since arriving. He walked off the field Saturday to hand shakes from Chris Tillman and Zach Britton and Bud Norris, another member of the rotation, made it a point Sunday morning to ask about how things went.
“I look up to just about all of those guys,” Harvey said. “So, [seeing them there] was a really good feeling.”
Coming off his first full pro season, which was shortened by a right flexor mass strain, Harvey has been fully cleared since mid-December and attended the Orioles mini-camp in January.
Asked what he’s learned from his limited time as a pro, Harvey said it’s to control himself.
“In high school it’s full-go every pitch. I probably got nine or 10 starts,” said Harvey, who pitched to a 3.18 ERA in 17 starts for Class-A Delmarva last season. “In this I’m getting around 30. So, really just taking care of myself and making sure I can make it through the full season.”