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Wieters exits with sore elbow as Orioles finally win


Wieters exits with sore elbow as Orioles finally win

SARASOTA, Fla. – The focus should have been entirely on the Orioles’ first win of spring training. Instead of the feel good story, the attention was again on Matt Wieters.

It was a year ago that Wieters was making his return from June 2014 Tommy John surgery. He hoped to be ready for Opening Day. After he played a game against the Minnesota Twins last Mar. 17, Wieters’ elbow flared up and he didn’t play for the Orioles until early June.

This spring, Wieters had played five games without incident, but in the top of the first inning, he felt soreness on Eduardo Nunez’s steal of second base.

He left the game after the inning.

The Orioles went on to break the worst spring training start of any major league team since the 2009 Houston Astros with an 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins before 7,523 at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday.

Instead of manager Buck Showalter being peppered with questions about the day, he was asked about Wieters.

“Just elbow soreness, and decided not to take a chance with him. Just get him out of there. [It’s] normal. I think all catchers have it during the spring, so we’ll see what tomorrow brings. Doctors examined him and everything, and we’ll see. I think everybody gets alarmed because of, rightfully so, with the surgery there. Hopefully, it’ll manage and be OK,” Showalter said.

Wieters wasn’t scheduled to make the trip to Fort Myers for the Orioles’ game with Minnesota, and Showalter said that it would be re-evaluated on Monday, but for now there would be no MRI.

“I don’t think there’s any plans. They took an X-ray, looked good. It’s one of those things where if it doesn’t start managing better, they’ll go to the more involved step. But so far, so good,” Showalter said.

“We have plenty of time.”

Having been through so much with Wieters, Showalter tries not to publicly worry.

I’m going to stay positive where Matt’s concerned. I’m not going there yet. We’ll see what the next few days brings. I’m curious to see how he feels the day after tomorrow, not really tomorrow.”
“You guys know I’m not trying to downplay it. It’s always a concern because of the history with it, but I’m thinking good things. Same thing I told Matt,” Showalter said.

After the win, Showalter acknowledged that he was thinking about how long it had been since his team won.

“I was adding up the days in the dugout,” he said.

It had been 160 days since Oct. 4, the final day of the regular season when the Orioles recorded their last win.

Manny Machado had two doubles, Mark Trumbo had a two-run single while Audry Perez and Steve Tolleson had two-run home runs.

Ubaldo Jimenez made his third start, and his second against Minnesota in five days. It was rockier than the first when he pitched three scoreless innings, allowing one hit.

Jimenez gave up a run on three hits and walked one in the first inning, but only one more hit as he retired a batter in the fourth inning before being removed.

“You probably don’t feel too good facing against those guys too many times, but this is spring training. I think the main thing I was able to [do] was go ahead and throw the fastball. I wasn’t shy about throwing it today,” Jimenez said.

He’s the first Orioles pitcher to work into the fourth inning. Jimenez, who gave up six runs while retiring just one batter in his first start on Mar. 2, has been much more solid since then.

Phil Hughes, who pitched against Jimenez five days before, was scratched in favor of reliever Trevor May. Minnesota manager Paul Molitor, who may start Hughes against the Orioles in the opening series early next month, didn’t want him facing the Orioles three straight times. The Orioles and Twins again meet on Mar. 17.

May allowed three runs in the first and one in the second. Manny Machado had two doubles and an RBI while Mark Trumbo had two RBIs.

With two infield singles in his last two games, Hyun Soo Kim was given the day off. He spent some time before the game chatting with his friend, Byung Ho Park, the Twins’ DH.

NOTES: The Orioles reassigned seven players to minor league camp. Pitchers Cesar Cabral, Andy Oliver and Ashur Tolliver, catchers Jonah Heim and Chance Sisco and infielders Trey Mancini and Ozzie Martinez were cut. The Orioles have 51 players remaining in camp. Showalter says that he expects a few more by Monday. … Miguel Gonzalez pitches against the Twins’ Ricky Nolasco in Fort Myers on Sunday when Pedro Alvarez is scheduled to make his Orioles debut. … The Orioles recorded their fourth sellout of the spring.

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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