Gallardo update and more
*Yovani Gallardo is slated to arrive in Sarasota in about an hour to begin his physical. He could be out on the field as early as Tuesday, though it could take another day. Just depends on how much ground the Orioles can cover. They should know around 7 or 8 p.m. tonight if they need another day or not. As I keep mentioning, they will have to make a corresponding 40-man roster move for Gallardo.
*The Orioles will have a pair of intrasquad games on Feb. 27 at 11 am (5 innings) and Feb. 28 (7 innings), both of which are at Ed Smith Stadium. They will not be open to the public. There will be a regular workout on Feb. 29.
*Both Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey were among the group to throw bullpens on Monday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was asked if he’s at the point now where he forgets that the pair of top pitching prospects are both coming off injury.
“No, I just don’t talk about it. I don’t tell them,” Showalter said. “You don’t get bogged down on it. Dylan was pretty good today. That was encouraging. You can tell by his face. Both of these guys are really looking forward to being just another guy instead of a guy on rehab. Just about everybody here has had similar issues in their pitching career. Some of it’s a distant memory. Some of it is not.”
Bundy was throwing on the string mound, which is a useful drill that has two pieces of string across the plate. It helps with command and, perhaps most notably, was used by Zach Britton the spring before he became closer.
“You don’t make them [throw to the strings],” Showalter said. “Most of them are because they want to. The option is given to all of them.”
*Showalter said he didn’t expect any issues in reporting in advance of Tuesday’s full squad report date. The only position players who aren’t accounted for just yet are Manny Machado and OFer Alfredo Marte.
*Rule 5 Draft pick Joey Rickard is in camp and it could be harder to keep him this year with Bundy out of Minor League options and the team trying to find a roster spot for him.
“There’s a spot potentially,” Showalter said. “I wouldn’t close that door. See what happens in the next couple days. I know Dan and I have been beating around some things. I know Dan’s gathering opinions on our roster and the potentials, even if we have to do another one.”
“You can’t do anything with him until the 14th [of March].”