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SARASOTA, Fla. – Orioles top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey left Tuesday’s intrasquad game with a groin strain.
Harvey is scheduled to be re-evaluated by a doctor on Wednesday according to executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. While it’s unclear how serious the injury is, the Orioles are expected to be cautious with the 21-year-old Harvey, who missed all of last season.
Harvey fractured his fibula in Spring Training last year and dealt with elbow issues. He suffered the groin injury in the third inning at the team’s Minor League facility at Twin Lakes Park.
A full story is coming shortly on Orioles.com, but Chris Tillman has been named Baltimore’s Opening Day starter.
Tillman, who has been the team’s Opening Day starter the past two seasons, will face the Twins on April 4 in Baltimore.
The Orioles have reportedly had internal discussions about releasing Hyun Soo Kim from his contract and allowing him to return to South Korea.
According to a report Saturday night from FOXSports.com the organization has had some early talks about the matter, though executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said, “I don’t know if we’re there yet,” when asked if that situation was possible.
Kim, signed to a two-year, $7 million contract this winter, started his Grapefruit League campaign 0-for-23 and is batting .182 in 48 Grapefruit League appearances.
Full story coming shortly on Orioles.com.
A few Tuesday notes from the complex…
*Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman threw a 25-pitch bullpen session with no hip pain on Tuesday and the right-hander said he ‘felt great’ afterwards. He’s probably not a candidate for spring games until next week, with the O’s wanting to take it slow. (More from Tillman is on Orioles.com)
*Yovani Gallardo threw his second bullpen session with the O’s today. He will likely face hitters next and will probably make his Grapefruit League debut the same time as Tillman. (Though Saturday hasn’t been ruled out for him just yet.)
*A bunch of guys stayed back today, with Gallardo, Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez, Jason Garcia, Dylan Bundy, Hunter Harvey and Vance Worley were among the pitchers who had morning bullpen sessions.
*Here’s the first spring lineup for Orlando…
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Steve Tolleson 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Christian Walker 1B
Hyun Soo Kim LF
Caleb Joseph C
Henry Urrutia RF
Dariel Alvarez CF
Paul Janish SS
Mike Wright RHP
*Finally, you can catch up on yesterday’s notes here.
*Chris Tillman was slated to throw an inning today but was scratched due to a core muscle injury. By the sound of it, Tillman has been dealing with this for at least a day or two and he didn’t come in much better today. It doesn’t bother him when he runs or throws, but the O’s want to be cautious with it given how early it is in camp. There’s no plan for an MRI right now, but that could change over the next few days.
*Efren Navarro cleared waivers and has elected free agency. He was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot for Yovani Gallardo earlier this week.
*Here are the pitching probables for the next few days: Mike Wright on Tuesday (with Tyler Wilson following), Ubaldo Jimenez on Wednesday, Miguel Gonzalez on Thursday and Vance Worley on Friday.
*Orioles manager Buck Showalter clarified on Nolan Reimold’s shoulder and said he’s just being cautious with it. Reimold is expected to be in the lineup for Tuesday’s spring opener.
*The Orioles played a 5 1/2 inning intrasquad game today to help get prepared for Grapefruit League play. Not a whole lot of offense, but some impressive pitching performances. Dylan Bundy and Jason Garcia were among the guys who threw well with Bundy striking out Matt Wieters and Chris Davis.
“I thought the pitching was crisp,” Showalter said. “All of them.”
*Pretty cool to see the O’s all decked out in orange LUNGevity t-shirts for today’s intrasquad in memory of late PR director Monica Barlow. Barlow passed away two years ago today from lung cancer.
*Showalter said Christian Walker and Trey Mancini, both first base candidates, are not being considered as outfield options this spring. He did say it could be something they do with them at Triple-A Norfolk, with Walker a better candidate for the outfield.
*Einar Diaz is going to coach for Panama in the World Baseball Classic qualifying round and will be gone March 14-21.
It was a pretty quite day because there was no morning clubhouse and there won’t be much access Sunday morning with the team’s photo day. But the Orioles did play an intrasquad game this afternoon, allowing 10 guys to get work in, with another one slated for Sunday afternoon.
*Ubaldo Jimenez had some good quality to his pitches and Zach Britton, who started the game, looked like he was in mid-season form. There was a little bit of a scary moment when Andy Oliver’s fastball got away from him, but it ended up just hitting Chance Sisco’s shoulder and he’s fine. Ryan Flaherty also hit a ball that came back and hit Chaz Roe by his left knee.
“It just hit me on the inside of the knee,” Roe said. “It’s all right, though. It hit mostly meat instead of bone. It’s stiffening up on me a little bit right now. We’ll see how it is in the morning and go from there.”
No one scored in the intrasquad game. And the plan is for Sunday’s game to go seven innings.
*Yovani Gallardo threw his first bullpen as an Oriole today and will take two days off and throw again. He’s not ready to jump right in with the rest of the O’s pitchers, but he’s not that far behind either. Gallardo threw three pitches in today’s session, which went well.
*Mike Wright or Tyler Wilson will start Tuesday’s game. Manager Buck Showalter still isn’t sure which, but both will pitch in the spring opener. Rule 5 Draft pick Joey Rickard also figures to get a lot of playing time this spring. Showalter joked he’s going to need a few pairs of gray (road) pants.
*Yovani Gallardo will throw his first bullpen as an Oriole on Saturday.
*Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson are the likely candidates to start the first spring game on Tuesday in Orlando. Orioles manager Buck Showalter wasn’t definite just yet.
*The pitchers threw live batting practice today and the team will hold a five-inning intrasquad game on Saturday on the back fields at 12:30 p.m. They should stay around 15 pitches each. Fans can watch the game on the back fields, just like they watch practice.
Saturday’s pitchers: Zach Britton, Brian Matusz, Parker Bridwell, Mychal Givens, Andy Oliver on one team. Ubaldo Jimenez, Odrisamer Despaigne, Chaz Roe, Dale Thayer, Andrew Triggs on the other.
Sunday’s pitchers: Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Jason Garcia, Brad Brach, Todd Redmond, Cesar Cabral on one team. Miguel Gonzalez, T.J. McFarland, Dylan Bundy, Vance Worley, Hunter Harvey and Ashur Tolliver will pitch against the.
*The Orioles fit Chris Lee with protective glasses today after detecting something in the physical.
*Nolan Reimold did not take part in throwing during the workout today. Showalter said the area was a little cranky and Reimold wanted to be cautious with it.
*Mark Trumbo worked out with the outfielders today and Showatler said that would have happened “regardless of what happened the last 24 hours.” Trumbo has been rotating between infield and outfield groups, just like Jimmy Paredes.
Adam Jones briefly held court this morning about the news yesterday that Dexter Fowler has signed with the Cubs. Jones had spoken with Fowler on Wednesday and said the outfielder was excited about joining Baltimore, but said Friday morning there’s no hard feelings.
“I know him personally so it’s good,” Jones said. “We are moving on, we’ve moved on, he’s moved on. We got a big day ahead of us today. It’s a game of adjustments, you move on…I love the guys that we have here in-house, I think we have a terrific team. So, cool. I think that by him not agreeing to it it opened up money at the All-Star break or at the deadline. And it gives other guys in here a chance. So it’s not that you’re outsourcing. It gives guys that are already in this clubhouse an opportunity.”
Jones has never dealt with free agency and said he didn’t know how unusual it was for a player to take less money and years elsewhere.
“At the end of the day, he’s happy where he’s at and that’s the most important thing,” Jones aid of Fowler. “It’s his career. It’s not mine, my career is here. At the end of the day, I just want to face them [laughs]. No.”
Jones did say he was surprised to get the news on Thursday afternoon that Fowler was in Arizona with the Cubs.
“I came in here and found out and was like ‘OK’. There’s not much I can do about it,” Jones said. “I can cry about it, but it’s not going to do much for us. At the end of the day, he’s happy where he’s at, his family is happy in Chicago. So good for him.”
Jones said he didn’t necessarily feel deceived.
“It’s not my fault. It’s not up to me,” Jones said. “He’s happy where he’s at. That’s all that matters. He’s happy. And as a friend of his, if he’s happy, I’m happy.”
Jones spoke to Fowler last night and said the conversation went great and Fowler didn’t need to apologize.
“We’re grown men, man,” Jones said. “Grown men shouldn’t say sorry.”
In case you missed it, here’s my story from last night about the situation with Fowler’s agent.
SARASOTA, Fla. – Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who told the local media that he found out on Thursday that Dexter Fowler was no longer an option, said the O’s made a sincere effort to sign Fowler.
“I’m not sure what that statement is about,” Duquette said, referring to what Fowler’s agenct, Casey Close released through Excel Sports on Twitter on Thursday night. “Because his job is to represent his player. If a player chooses to take less money to go to another team that’s their choice.”
Duquette reiterated that the O’s did not have an official agreement in place with Fowler, as that would obviously require a physical and signature. But the expectation from the moment the news broke Tuesday, first by MASNSports.com and ESPN, and later by other outlets, was that Fowler —who told reporters on Thursday he had a three year offer on the table— was headed to Florida. O’s All-Star Adam Jones said Wednesday he had spoke to Fowler and the outfielder was “excited” and “should be on his way” to Florida.
Read the full story here.
I’ll have a full story up on Yovani Gallardo’s press conference up shortly on Orioles.com, but in the meantime here are some highlights…
On joining the Orioles…
“It’s a great group from what I learned today. They did a great job. They made me feel comfortable and welcome here in the clubhouse. I’m excited. I’m excited to be part of this club and looking forward to winning a lot of ballgames with you guys. I was anxious to get started right away and I’m happy to be here.”
On last week’s drama regarding his physical…
“It was a little bit different, to be honest, but I’m just glad we were able to get something done. It’s part of the process, to be honest. I think it’s part of the situation, becoming a free agent, but everything for me, I’m passed that. I’m looking forward to being on this club and pitching for this team and going out every fifth day or whenever my name is called and doing everything I can to get this team a victory.”
On what he brings to the staff…
“I’ve had the experience, both during the season and in the playoffs. And I think it’s a little bit of leadership. I think there’s a lot of talent on this club with the starting pitchers. I think we all need to feed off one another and I think whenever my name is called, I’ve had a good opportunity to start… I’ve had 30 or more starts and I think that’s very important. Just lead the guys in the proper workouts and that type of thing to be able to do that.”
On when he thought the Orioles would be a good fit…
“Obviously, knowing the kind of players we have on this club. It’s great defense. They want to be a part of it. I’ve seen these guys play from the other side of the field and they’re aggressive. They want to make that diving play. They want to field that ground ball in the hole and make that good play. It’s just one of those things for me, my goal is to get that ground ball and let the guys behind me do the rest of the work. I’ve seen it before just from the few games I’ve seen on the other side while facing the Orioles.”
On being out on the field for workouts…
“It was great today, just like I said, I was anxious to get out there and I prepared myself. I kept doing my throwing program as [I would during] any other offseason. So obviously, the past couple of days have been a little different, but I feel comfortable. I’ve done enough throwing to where I’m prepared for coming into camp. I did struggle with a couple PFPs but you’re got to work on them. Maybe I’ll get some of the infielders to [help me] work on them.”