The Baltimore Orioles officially break camp this morning in the wake of yesterday’s Grapefruit League-closing game, a 7-3 loss to Detroit. Worse things have happened, folks. Weather permitting, they’ll be at Harbor Park in Norfolk, VA at 3 PM this afternoon to play a final exhibition against the Tides. Really pay attention to that weather permitting part; it’s supposed to pour for much of the day up and down the eastern seaboard today. My guess is that there’s no game played.
The final roster is starting to take some semblance of shape. The O’s sent Wade Miley to the 10-day DL yesterday. Miley has dealt with some illness over the course of camp, so they want to give him some additional rest. Chris Tillman will join him on the DL, however Miley is expected to pitch in the first week of the season. This means that the Birds will break camp with only three starting pitchers. But as I’ve said numerous times throughout camp, that’s really all they need for the time being – with three off days in the first seven days of league play.
One thing that surprised me is that Pedro Alvarez was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, which is where he’ll start the season. I suppose I assumed that while the O’s signed him to a minor league deal, it was all but predetermined that he would be in the bigs. Especially after he had such a good spring at the plate. However I suspect we’ll see him at some point.
The Orioles will break camp with both Trey Mancini and Joey Rickard on the roster, and it appears that Craig Gentry has made the team as well. And for that I’m really happy. Gentry was given an extended look this spring due to the WBC, and he really took advantage of it. He has good speed and a good bat, and he should really make a difference for the club down the stretch.
Now keep in mind that all of this is subject to change. The waiver wire always pops at this time of year, and sometimes things just happen. But this looks to be how things are going to go for now.
I’ll be interested to see how long they wait things out in Norfolk before the game is called today. Seriously folks, I wouldn’t hold my breath. The Orioles will have an off day tomorrow, during which guys will presumably get settled or resettled at home in Baltimore. They’ll have a team workout on the field at Camden Yards on Sunday, and the Opening Day of course is scheduled for Monday at 3 PM. Rain is in the forecast for both Monday and Tuesday, but we’ll just have to wait and see how that works out. One thing I’m sure of however…the O’s aren’t looking for a repeat of last year’s Opening Day which featured two lengthy rain delays.