SARASOTA, Fla. – After a first week of tumult, the Orioles camp has returned to what passes for normal. It’s likely that the Orioles will still add another outfielder, but other than that, there’s relatively little uncertainty.
No major, and few minor, injuries have popped up.
Yovani Gallardo has thrown one bullpen session, and soon will be slotted into the rotation. Barring injuries, the rotation is set, and six of the seven bullpen spots are cemented, too.
One of the candidates is Jeff Beliveau, but he’s not expected to start the season with the team because he’s still recovering from labrum surgery.
Beliveau has intrigued manager Buck Showalter, as has Andrew Triggs, who is new to the 40-man roster. Triggs was impressive in Saturday’s intrasquad game.
T.J. McFarland, Chaz Roe, Tyler Wilson, Vance Worley and Mike Wright are the leading candidates for the final spot.
Before Gallardo’s signing, Wilson, Worley, Wright and Odrisamer Despaigne were the contenders for the final spot. Despaigne, in particular, is of interest to Showalter. Acquired from San Diego shortly before spring training, Despaigne has three options remaining.
Worley, who will have to have an excellent spring training to make the team, has no options, and could be traded next month.
Wilson and Wright will appear in the first spring game on Tuesday against Atlanta in Lake Buena Vista.
Dexter Fowler looked as if he was both the answer to both right field and leadoff.
When he backed out of the Orioles deal, there was some feeling he didn’t want to play right field nor in the American League East.
While the team has shown interest in Austin Jackson and has considered trading for Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce, they have some in-house players that are worth a look, too.
Dariel Alvarez, L.J. Hoes, Rule 5 draft pick Joey Rickard, Nolan Reimold and Henry Urrutia are on hand.
If an outsider is brought in, two of the five could still make the club.
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