Bundy added to AFL roster

Dylan Bundy will pitch in the Arizona Fall League after all.

Bundy, who has not pitched in a Minor League game since May, was added to the Peoria Javelinas roster –Baltimore’s AFL team– on Thursday. The Orioles announced the move was in place of injured pitcher Jon Keller.

Bundy joins the Fall League with roughly four weeks remaining and it’s a positive sign of progress in a rough few years for the young right-hander. Bundy, who underwent Tommy John surgery, missed the 2013 season and logged just 41 1/3 innings last season as the organization brought him along cautiously.

He only threw 22 innings in 2015, his last on May 21 for Double-A Bowie, before he was shut down with right shoulder soreness. He was cleared to begin throwing by Dr. James Andrews earlier this month and had been making steady progress at the team’s spring facility in Sarasota, Fla.

This is a pivotal winter for Bundy, one of the Orioles top pitching prospects, as he’s out of Minor League options this spring. That means if he doesn’t make the team’s Opening Day roster he will be exposed to waivers.

Orioles Spring Training schedule

The Orioles announced their 2016 Spring Training schedule on Tuesday morning, which opens Tuesday March 1 at the Atlanta Braves.

Baltimore will open its home schedule the following day, March 2, with a 1:05 p.m. game against the Braves at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Their Grapefruit League season will run through March 31’s home-finale against the Braves.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Sarasota, Fla. for camp on Thursday, February 18, with their first workout set for the following day. Position players are scheduled to report on Wednesday, February 23, with the first full-squad workout slated for Thursday, February 24. Like previous years, the workouts will be free and open to the public on the back fields at the complex.

Eight different opponents make up the Orioles’ 16 home games, with the Orioles hosting the Minnesota Twins and the Braves three times each and the Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Pittsburgh Pirates twice each. The Orioles will also square off against the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies once each at Ed Smith Stadium.

For their road schedule, the O”s will make three trips to play the Twins; two trips to play the Rays, Blue Jays, Phillies, Red Sox, Yankees, and Pirates; and one trip to play the Braves.

The 2016 season is the team’s seventh consecutive Spring Training in Sarasota, and the sixth at renovated Ed Smith Stadium.

Single game tickets for all 16 games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale January 23, 2016.  Fans interested in Season Plans, or those wishing to receive additional Spring Training ticket information, may call the Orioles Spring Training office in Sarasota at 941-893-6300. Fans interested in additional information on suite rentals or pre-game party facilities should call 941-893-6317. Additional information on Orioles Spring Training is available at http://www.orioles.com/spring.

Hunter Harvey prescribed rest, not surgery

Hunter Harvey, one of the Orioles top pitching prospects, was prescribed rest by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews for his elbow injury and he’s expected to be shut down for 4-6 weeks before starting a throwing program.

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the organization isn’t thinking about Tommy John surgery for Harvey right now and said the right-hander got  a “good report” from his visit with Andrews.

Harvey was expected to pitch in this fall’s instructional league but a forearm/elbow injury that has been bothering him all year flared back up. An MRI on the area came back clean, which was encouraging, and the Orioles are hoping he can have a fairly normal offseason.

Harvey did not pitch in the Minors this season and has pitched 113 innings in two pro seasons.

Davis homers twice in possible farewell

BALTIMORE— Chris Davis, honored Sunday afternoon as the Most Valuable Oriole, put a memorable end to what could be his final game with Baltimore.

Davis— who already started the day leading the Major Leagues in homers— hit two more to push the number to 47 and send the crowd into several standing ovations in the Orioles 9-4 sweep over the Yankees.

“That’s a little too apropos, the last one. As it left the ballpark, I just went, ‘Really?’,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “To put an exclamation point on the quality of contributions he’s had. It’s been fun to have a great seat to watch him. He’s been very good for our city. He’s really established himself here in Baltimore. I felt very honored to be part of that. It’s never goodbye, it’s see you later. That’s the way I always approach the end of the year.”

Still Davis —who ends the year with 117 RBIs and will be one of the most sought-after hitters on the market— acknowledged it wasn’t just any regular end of the season.

“Driving in today [it hit me],“ Davis said. “I said: ‘Man, this might be the last time I’m making this drive.’ Just times throughout the day, I wasn’t trying to dwell on it. When I was walking down the tunnel, that hit me hard. I actually asked Matt [Wieters] before the game started, I said, ‘is it starting to get to you a little bit? [He said] yeah. When I was walking down the tunnel, I thought it might be the last time I do this. Hopefully, it’s not.”

Davis’ first blast, a two-run shot in the fifth inning which came off of Yankees’ Bryan Mitchell put the O’s up 7-1. He also doubled in the first and walked before taking his final at-bat in the bottom of the eighth. Yankees manager Joe Girardi made a pitching change, subbing Caleb Cotham for Andrew Miller, and Davis blasted a 0-1 pitch into right field to send the crowd to its feet.

While the O’s faithful were denied a curtain call, they gave Davis another ovation as he jogged out to first base in the top of the ninth inning and chanted “Re-sign Davis” during his interview by the first base dugout.

“I can’t express how much I appreciate the support of our fans,” Davis said. “Really the last month, I’ve heard people when I go into the on-deck circle, go up to the plate, today was pretty awesome after the post-game interview hearing everyone cheer. And hearing the fans cheer down the first base line today, meant a lot to me.”

The farewell was a fitting end to an outstanding second-half for Davis, who has amassed 161 homers —good enough for 10th on the club’s all-time list— in four-plus seasons.

Pending free agent Matt Wieters joked of Davis stealing the limelight “He’s been doing it for the last three year so I kind of expected him to hit a home run there. Wherever he signs, he better remember who got him all those pitches when he was here to hit.”
Perhaps it will be with Baltimore, with current players Adam Jones and Manny Machado already speaking out about the need to keep Davis in black and orange.

“It means a lot,” Davis said of the public support. “I’ve said before, this is a great group in here. I feel like we’re all brothers in here, and we’re all looking out for each other. We keep in touch in the off-season, and I really express them stepping out to express how much they want me back. I can’t say enough about them.”

Machado open to extension

BALTIMORE— Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who is arbitration eligible this winter, said he’d be open to discussing a contract extension with the organization this offseason.

“Yeah, why not? This is the organization I play for, this is the organization I love,” Machado said. “This is the only organization I know. I’d definitely be interested in talking. We’ll see what when that day comes.”

Machado was the only player in the Major Leagues to play all 162 games and hit 35 homers with 20 stolen bases. Named to the All-Star team, Machado also showcased some Gold Glove defense and said he wouldn’t be swayed by what the organization does —or doesn’t do— regarding its six free agents this winter.

Machado knows its a big winter for the Orioles and —like Adam Jones last week— voiced the need for the organization to make some moves.

“Definitely, I’m not saying I’m a nobody here, but I’m just here to play baseball. Adam, obviously is here. He’s a franchise player. He has definitely more of a voice than anybody in this clubhouse. He wants him. We all want him to come back. At the same time, we know it’s a business. If someone offers him more money somewhere else, people are going to offer other people more money somewhere else, but at the end of the day, we need Davis here. We need O’Day here. We need all the other free agents, Chen, all the guys that helped us get to a winning organization. Definitely, you don’t want to see them leave, but it’s tough to stay.”

Breathe Deep Baltimore postponed

With the gloomy forecast this weekend due to Hurricane Joaquin, LUNGevity’s “Breathe Deep Baltimore” 5 K walk in honor of late Orioles PR director Monica Barlow has been postponed until October 18. The event was originally slated for this Saturday.

The good news is there’s still plenty of time to register and/or donate to help the fight against lung cancer and get a chance to walk around the field at Camden Yards. You can click here to visit my personal page.

LUNGevity Foundation will still hold a silent auction during Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. game when the Orioles host the New York Yankees. The silent auction will feature various Orioles memorabilia items and take place by Gate E through 9:00 p.m.

All proceeds of the walk will benefit LUNGevity Foundation, a non-profit firmly committed to changing outcomes for people living with lung cancer by accelerating research into early detection and more effective treatments, as well as providing community, support, and education for all those affected by the disease.


Jones: Davis should be Orioles highest priority

BALTIMORE—As Chris Davis— the Major League leader in home runs— continues to state his case on the free agent market, Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones said Thursday re-signing Davis should be Baltimore’s top priority.

“Obviously, I love playing with him. He plays a hell of a first base. He plays the game, he games up every day no matter what. I’ve grown to admire the way he goes about his business and obviously, the production, that’s just icing on the cake,” Jones said of Davis, who has hit 45 homers this year and has eclipsed the 40 mark twice in the past three seasons. “Because I get to see the guy inside here. To me, I think he’s probably the highest priority, but he’s earned himself a right to go and hear all 29 other offers.

Forty-five [homers] and [112 RBIs], that’s video game numbers. He’s earned his right to hear everybody out.”

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said earlier this season, while addressing season ticket holders, that bringing back Davis was tops on the club’s list. Though with every home run the slugger hits, his free agent stock goes up and the chances of Baltimore being able to afford him go down.

“The thing is I’m not an accountant, I don’t know what the books show. I just know when we have a lot of free agents that means money is coming off the books,” Jones said of an Oriole club that could also lose Wei-Yin Chen, Matt Wieters, Darren O’Day and Gerardo Parra, among others. “I don’t know if they have 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 million to spend. That’s dependent on how you want to go at it. You can get a lot of players for that much money. It depends how much money you have. Like I said, I’m not an accountant, I’m trying to balance my own books. Just say if you’re interested in guys and … you want to keep the fans interested and you want to keep the product on the field interested. You have to go out and spend some of the money.”

The Orioles were criticized last winter for letting the trio of Andrew Miller, Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis all leave in free agency and, once again, the organization will be faced with some pivotal decisions this winter. Jones, who has made it clear he would like to voice his opinion to ownership, was mum on if he had specifically anything in the works.

“You can’t replace 40 [home runs]. That’s been proven by this year’s offense,” Jones said. “You can’t replace 40, no matter how you do it. He likes it here but it’s not about what you like when it comes to business. You have to make a tough decision. Markakis had to make a tough decision and do what’s best for his family. Chris has got a family. He’s got to do what’s best for him and his family. Wieters has to do the same thing, O’Day has to do the same thing. These are guys who earned the right to become free agents.”

Orioles/Blue Jays DH

The Os and Toronto –with a magic number of 1 to clinch the division– will play a pair of games today, weather permitting.

Manny Machado is expected to play both games, as he remains on track to play all 162 games this season. It’s an impressive feat, especially since he’s coming off consecutive season-ending knee surgeries.

As the season comes to a close, manager Buck Showalter is doing exit interviews and the players are starting to pack up and make plans. Left-handed pitcher Brian Matusz will have surgery on Monday on his non-throwing shoulder, Showalter said. It’s an outpatient procedure and he is still available to pitch over the next six games.

Here are your lineups…


Ben Revere LF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Russell Martin C
Ryan Goins SS
Kevin Pillar CF
Darwin Barney 2B

Marcus Stroman RHP


Gerardo Parra RF
Manny Machado SS
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters DH
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Steve Clevenger C
Steve Pearce LF
Ryan Flaherty 3B
David Lough CF

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

Orioles @ Rays series finale


Gerardo Parra RF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Steve Clevenger DH
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Steve Pearce LF
Caleb Joseph C
Paul Janish SS

Kevin Gausman RHP

John Jaso DH
Grady Sizemore LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Logan Forsythe 2B
James Loney 1B
Mikie Mahtook RF
Kevin Kiermaier CF
J.P. Arencibia C
Tim Beckham SS

Jake Odorizzi RHP

Harvey shut down, will see Dr. James Andrews

ST. PETERSBURG—- Orioles top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey has been shut down again with right elbow discomfort and is slated to be re-evaluated by noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews sometime soon.

“ Dr. Andrews is out of the country right now so I’m not sure when that would be,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Harvey’s appointment. Showalter also noted that there’s a level of concern within the organization regarding Harvey, who felt something on the first day he was cleared to throw in the team’s instructional league.

“Anytime a guy has had that much time off and done the rehab and everything and there’s discomfort, that’s an issue,” Showalter said of Harvey who has yet to pitch this season.

The Orioles first-round pick in 2013’s First-Year Player Draft, Harvey is the son of former big leaguer Bryan Harvey and has not pitched in a Minor League game since July 2014. He was shut down early last season because of a strained flexor mass but was a full-go in Spring Training before he was hit in the shin and suffered a fractured fibula in March. Harvey returned in May before dealing with a strained flexor mass muscle again —which is essentially the elbow— and he was shut down and received a PRP injection in mid-May. He was recently cleared to begin a throwing program and the organization had hoped he could pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

That won’t happen now, but Baltimore hopes to avoid the news that elbow issues frequently lead to: Tommy John surgery.

“We’ll see,” Showalter said. “Let it run its course. I know more than I’m going to talk about here,” Showalter said. We’re hoping for a different result than what that type of thing normally makes you wonder about. It’s been a long haul for him.”

Harvey has pitched in parts of two Minor League seasons, advancing as high up as Low-A Delmarva.