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David Lough Injury Opens the Door for Nolan Reimold in Baltimore Orioles Outfield

March 30th, 2015 at 10:59 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles have had a crowded outfield for much of the offseason and Spring Training, and the performances of a couple of players have made it even more of a log jam. David Lough's nagging hamstring and possible DL stint opens the door for one of those stand out performers this spring in Nolan Reimold.

Lough may be heading to the disabled list due to a nagging hamstring injury according to Orioles' beat reporters, including MASN's Roch Kubatko.

It has been an issue since earlier this month for Lough and his recent experience with back spasms doesn't help either. If Lough does indeed head to the DL, the Orioles have the opportunity to give Reimold another shot.

Baltimore has had several players really stand out this spring from Jimmy Paredes to Steve Pearce to Tyler Wilson to Logan Verrett, but one of the more impressive names on the list is Reimold.

After seeing his Orioles' tenure end last season when the O's had to let him go due to having no room on their roster after his DL stint and rehab were complete, Reimold played for both the Toronto Blue Jays and Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014. A free agent this offseason, Reimold and the Orioles reunited with a minor league deal including an invite to MLB Spring Training.

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Baltimore Orioles’ Bullpen Very Crowded, Tough Decisions to Be Made in Final Week

March 30th, 2015 at 9:35 AM
By Josh Michael

We are in the final week of Spring Training with Opening Day next Monday in Tampa, but the Baltimore Orioles still have a lot of decisions to make, including who makes the cut in their very crowded bullpen.

The Orioles have a problem that every single team in Major League Baseball would love to have, they have an abundance of pitching and it's going to force a lot of tough decisions.

We all know about their issue of having six starters for five spots in their starting rotation, but their bullpen is even more crowded.

Assuming a 7-man bullpen, there are essentially six locks already in Wesley Wright, Zach Britton, Darren O'Day, Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz and Brad Brach. If those are considered locks, that would leave one spot open with several candidates to fill it.

Among those vying for the final spot are Ryan Webb, T.J. McFarland, and Rule-5 picks Jason Garcia and Logan Verrett.

McFarland is widely considered to begin the year in AAA Norfolk's starting rotation, so you can cut the list down to three in Webb, Garcia and Verrett.

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News and Notes: Baltimore Orioles Make Three Roster Moves, Ubaldo Jimenez Stellar, and More

March 30th, 2015 at 7:48 AM
By Josh Michael

We are now one week from Opening Day when the Baltimore Orioles will take on the Rays in Tampa Bay, but before that, we do have a little bit of Spring Training left to get through. In today's news and notes, the O's made three roster moves on Sunday, Ubaldo Jimenez looks good on the mound and JJ Hardy is set to get a MRA today.

Orioles' cut three more Sunday

On Saturday, the Orioles optioned RHP Tyler Wilson to AAA Norfolk in order to get him on normal scheduled before the season starts. Wilson performed extremely well in his first big league camp and really made quite a name for himself.

On Sunday, the O's made three more roster moves. They announced that they had reassigned OF Dariel Alvarez, INF Chris Parmelee and RHP Chaz Roe to minor league camp.

With the moves made over the weekend, the Orioles now have 37 players at Major League Spring Training, including five non-roster invitees.

We look for a couple more cuts to possibly come today after the results of Hardy's MRA are seen.

JJ Hardy set to have MRA today on left shoulder

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Orioles101 Mailbag: Kevin Gausman, Jimmy Paredes and Nolan Reimold Hot Topics

March 29th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It’s Sunday and you know what that means here at Orioles101, it’s time for another edition of Orioles101 Mailbag. This week, the focus surrounded Kevin Gausman, Jimmy Paredes and Nolan Reimold among roster decisions.

'J. Peterman Counterfeit Mailbag' photo (c) 2012, Bry D. - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

As we always do, we want to remind you that if we receive multiple questions on the same topic, we answer them with one general response as opposed to answering each one and repeating ourselves.

Will Kevin Gausman be placed in the bullpen to start the season?

It appears that it’s certainly possible. We touched on this subject on Friday, which you can view here. Buck Showalter did state that he could shorten Gausman so he can be a possible bullpen option, but he is also scheduled to make a start this coming week and the plan is for him to throw five or more innings.

It’s really anyone’s guess at the moment. The Orioles still have six starters for five spots and one of them is going to be the odd man out. Remember that both Gausman and Miguel Gonzalez have minor league options remaining (Wei-Yin Chen does as well, but he will be in the starting rotation), so one of them could be sent to AAA to begin the season.

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Minor League Spotlight: 2014 Minor Leaguers Still in Big League Camp Have Impressive Numbers

March 28th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It’s time for another edition of our Baltimore Orioles Minor League Spotlight and as we get set to enter the final week of Spring Training, we thought we would take one final look at how 2014 Minor Leaguers are performing in camp for the O’s.

Unlike the past few weeks, this week we will focus solely on those Minor Leaguers who are still on the big league Spring Training roster.

Since we limited it to those players, the lists are much shorter. There are not many players remaining in big league camp that were full-time Minor Leaguers in 2014, but some of the ones that are have been pretty darn impressive.

Here is how those who played the entire year in 2014 in the minors are doing this spring for the O’s entering Friday’s action.

Pitchers

Jason Garcia – 0.00 ERA, 4 G, 5 INN, 5 H, 4 BB, 7 K, 1.80 WHIP

Logan Verrett – 1.64 ERA, 7 G, 11 INN, 10 H, 1 BB, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 ER, 9 K, 1.00 WHIP

Tyler Wilson – 0.90 ERA, 5 G, 10 INN, 9 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 ER, 9 K, 1.00 WHIP

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