Player News - Orioles

Date: Team: Pos:

Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) still isn't game-ready.

Flaherty has been dealing with some shoulder soreness of late. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was hoping that he'd be ready to play by Wednesday, but it turns out he might need a few more days. Flaherty batted just .217 with three home runs and a .610 OPS in 74 games last season, but he projects to serve in a utility role for Baltimore again in 2017.
Mar 1 - 11:22 AM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that prospect right-hander Hunter Harvey (elbow) could be ready to pitch in a game by July.

That timeline would put him a year removed from his Tommy John surgery, so his rehab is going according to plan so far. Harvey was selected No. 22 overall by the Orioles back in 2013, but injuries have limited him to just 30 starts in pro ball. The good news is that he's still just 22 years old.
Mar 1 - 11:19 AM

Chris Tillman (shoulder) threw off a flat mound on Wednesday.

Tillman, who required platelet-rich plasma treatment for his right shoulder in December, is expected to progress to a half-mound on Friday before throwing from a full mound on Sunday. He's still not expected to be ready for Opening Day, but he's making progress. If all goes well, he might only have to miss one turn in the rotation.
Mar 1 - 11:15 AM

Zach Britton (oblique) played catch at 90 feet on Tuesday.

Britton suffered a minor oblique injury a week ago but said a couple days ago that he's no longer dealing with any discomfort. The closer should be game-ready before too long, but the Orioles obviously have no incentive to rush him along at this point in spring training.
Feb 28 - 6:37 PM

Logan Ondrusek (ankle) will throw live batting practice on Wednesday.

Ondrusek tweaked his ankle early on in camp but is just about fully recovered now. He should be cleared for game action if Wednesday's session goes well.
Feb 28 - 6:34 PM

Chris Tillman (shoulder) will throw off a flat mound on Wednesday.

It will be the first time he's done so in Orioles camp, as Tillman is being brought along slowly after having platelet-rich plasma treatment for his troublesome right shoulder in December. The right-hander is expected to get a late start to the season, although the goal is for him to miss just one turn through the rotation.
Feb 28 - 6:31 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) should be ready to play by Wednesday.

Flaherty is fighting through some early-spring shoulder soreness. It's not a big deal. The versatile 30-year-old appears locked into a spot on the Baltimore bench to open the 2017 regular season.
Feb 27 - 3:50 PM

Vidal Nuno pitched a pair of scoreless innings in relief Monday against the Yankees.

Nuno was acquired from the Dodgers eight days ago, making that four trades in three years for the swingman. Even though he's 29, he still has options remaining, opening up the possibility that the Orioles could send him down initially. He should be one of their top seven relievers, though, and he might log some rotation time before the season is done.
Feb 27 - 3:41 PM

Oliver Drake gave up a three-run homer in the ninth to take a loss to the Yankees on Monday.

Drake has struggled to establish himself with the Orioles, even though he's been solid in limited opportunities (3.48 ERA in 33 2/3 IP). That'd seem to make a bad spring extra costly for him, but, fortunately, he's out of options this year. The Orioles will most likely retain him as a middle man, but if they put him on waivers, he'll surely get claimed and open up in another team's bullpen. To an extent, anyway, that means the pressure is off him a bit. Still, ideally, he wouldn't give up three-run homers every time out.
Feb 27 - 3:39 PM

Ryan Flaherty is out of the Orioles' Grapefruit League lineup on Monday due to arm soreness.

It's not believed to be serious. The versatile Flaherty should have a spot on the Baltimore bench to open the 2017 regular season. Chris Johnson is playing third base for the O's on Monday afternoon in Florida.
Feb 27 - 1:02 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he's hopeful Anthony Santander (shoulder) will be able play the field in Grapefruit League games by mid-March.

Santander is still recovering from shoulder surgery and has been eased into drills this spring in Orioles camp. The young outfielder was plucked away from the Indians with the 18th overall pick in December's Rule 5 Draft after batting .290/.368/.494 with 20 home runs, 95 RBI, and 10 stolen bases in 128 games last season for High-A Lynchburg.
Feb 27 - 10:47 AM

Chris Tillman (shoulder) is scheduled to participate in pitchers fielding practice Friday.

Tillman underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment for his troublesome right shoulder in December and is a few weeks behind the other pitchers in Orioles camp this spring. But he has been throwing long-toss on the side and is apparently feeling strong. It's possible he might only miss one turn in Baltimore's season-opening starting rotation.
Feb 27 - 10:40 AM

Adam Jones went 2-for-3 with a homer Sunday as the Orioles topped the Pirates 8-3.

Jones hit cleanup yesterday. Today, he was in the two hole in an Orioles lineup that included eight regulars. Manager Buck Showalter is trying to figure out what arrangement makes the most sense after a 2016 in which Jones spent a lot of time hitting leadoff. Jones will get plenty of at-bats early on this spring in order to prepare him for the Would Baseball Classic.
Feb 26 - 4:07 PM

Orioles released LHP T.J. McFarland.

The O's are trying to save some pennies here, as they want to re-sign McFarland but just didn't want to pay him the $685,000 that had been owed to him. However, the lefty is now free to negotiate with all teams.
Feb 26 - 1:32 PM

Logan Ondrusek (ankle) threw off a half-mound on Sunday.

He should be able to move to a regular mound for his next session. Ondrusek has battled a sprained ankle for a week but is getting back up to speed.
Feb 26 - 11:03 AM


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