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Bundy, Harvey hope for healthy 2016 with Orioles


Bundy, Harvey hope for healthy 2016 with Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Orioles are hoping that 2016 is the year of Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey.

Bundy, the fourth overall pick in 2011 and Harvey, the team’s top draft choice in 2013, are both hoping for good things this season.

After being cleared at last month’s minicamp, both are ready to pitch. Because he’s out of options, Bundy will start the season in the bullpen as long as he’s healthy.

Harvey, who hasn’t pitched competitively since July 2014, may start the season at Frederick.

Bundy interrupted a question about playing catch with Parker Bridwell on Thursday and how good it felt.

“My arm? Yeah, actually go out there and work on pitches and not have to worry about my arm and get out there and compete,” Bundy said.

The 23-year-old Bundy, who quickly rose to the major leagues in Sept. 2012, but had Tommy John surgery in June 2013, is trying to return there.

“Any spot in the major leagues is a good spot,” Bundy said.

This year, Bundy will have to forget about starting.

“You don’t have five days in between, hopefully. As a bullpen guy, you never know when you’re going to get in the game. You’ve got more adrenaline, you’ve got to be able to control the adrenaline, you’ve got to throw an offspeed pitch first pitch of the outing that you come out, just stuff like that,” Bundy said.

Since his surgery, Bundy has pitched just 63 1/3 innings. Last year, he threw 22 innings at Bowie before he shut down in May with a right shoulder tendinitis.

He pitched briefly in the Arizona Fall League in November before he was shut down as a precaution. Bundy threw from the half-mound at minicamp.

“Every time you get hurt, you want to get back sooner and better, but you can’t rush these things. I’ve learned that over the past four, five years now,” Bundy said.

Harvey was hampered by a flexor mass strain in July 2014 at Delmarva, and broke a shin in a minor league spring training game last March. Because the flexor mass flared up, he ended up not pitching at all in 2015.

“I’ve been throwing since December and I haven’t had any pain, so I’m excited to get back going. Everything is full-go,” Harvey said.

Last year was extremely difficult for the 21-year-old.

“It was long. A lot of sitting down here and rehabbing. We’re trying to avoid that this year and see if we can stay healthy for a full year now,” Harvey said.

“You’ve just got to take care of yourself. Long year. How I got hurt the first time was, it just happened. You can’t really avoid that. The arm and stuff, you’ve just got to take care of it and try to keep going.”

A year ago, the Orioles were set to send Harvey to Frederick. Perhaps they’ll do the same this year.

“I hope so. I’m just trying to get out of spring training this year. Wherever they put me, it will work,” Harvey said.

Bundy doesn’t know if he’ll be pitching an inning at a time during spring training.

“I don’t know. They just told me I’m going to get plenty of mound time out there. I’m sure that means I’m going to be on the mound a lot,’ Bundy said.

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."


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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

Live baseball is close to gracing our television screens again. The Orioles haven't had the most active offseason, to put it mildly. Fans are still wondering who will make up more than half the spots in this year's rotation, and Manny Machado's upcoming free agency is looming over every decision the organization makes.

Still, it's exciting to be able to follow the team again. Not every game is televised, so get ready to constantly refresh your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll be comforting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Jonathan Schoop is building on his breakout season, or if top-prospect Austin Hays is all he's cracked up to be (spoiler: he is).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing in the next few weeks. The O's haven't yet made a big splash this offseason, but with the sheer volume of capable players still on the market, you have to wonder if they'll try to sign some impact players at bargain values.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the lineup or rotation has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be taking place while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for thier seasons, so bookmark this page to check on on the Orioles spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Orioles 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Feb. 26 - Tigers at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Cardinals at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 1 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Tuesday, Mar. 6 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 9 - Orioles at Blue Jays, 1:07 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 (SS) - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Phillies at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Orioles at Pirates, 1:05 pm 
Tuesday, Mar. 13 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Orioles at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 - Orioles at Mets, 1:10 pm 
Saturday, Mar. 17 (SS) - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Mets at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Orioles at Tigers, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Rays at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Orioles at Yankees, 6:35 pm 
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Mar. 27 (in Norfolk, VA) - Orioles at Tides (AAA), 3:05 pm