Os name Norris for home opener, Paredes likely to DL
The Orioles officially named Bud Norris as the starter for the home opener in Baltimore, which was expected. The O’s could wait until a few days after they start playing before they name their fifth guy though, as manager Buck Showalter said the could use that fifth starter out of the bullpen early on. And, with an off day on Thursday, they could also bring back Chris Tillman for the fifth game.
The team’s Opening Day roster continues to shift by the hour, with today’s news that Jimmy Paredes will likely be headed to the disabled list. Paredes who is out of options, had a monster spring and looked to be a lock to the make the club after David Lough went down with an injury. Paredes went 20-for-55 (.364) at the plate and suffered a low back strain while in the weight room a few days ago, according to Showalter.
At first glance, it looks as if this move could help Nolan Reimold –who is also having a great spring– make the club. But Showalter also pointed out that the club is now considering going with 13 pitchers to start the season, which would allow them to have Kevin Gausman and Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia in the bullpen to start the season. They will still need to make a roster spot after the first game for Chris Davis.
Paredes –who last played Tuesday– would be eligible to come off the disabled list on April 16 and joins a trio of O’s slated to be put on the DL: Lough, Matt Wieters and shortstop J.J. Hardy.
While Reimold could provide an offensive boost, he’s out of options and the Orioles would likely lose him on waivers if they had to make another roster move to add one of those DL guys (or Davis) back early on. They obviously don’t want to do that, and would rather have him in Triple-A as an extended option later on. So, it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.