BALTIMORE— The Orioles have the best record in the American League while using just 28 players. Over the last several years, the Orioles have made numerous personnel moves, and this year, they haven’t.
“A lot of is because we’re healthier,” manager Buck Showalter said as he knocked his wooden table.
“A lot of the moves last year, you can go right down the list. We didn’t talk about it a whole lot, didn’t get talked about it a lot in the offseason. We played a lot of the year without [Jonathan] Schoop, without Matt [Wieters] without [Adam] Jones some, [J.J.] Hardy. A lot of things we had to overcome with some of the pitchers. Probably will again,” Showalter said.
Among pitchers, only Mychal Givens, Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright have options, and that could be a contributing reason to the lack of activity.
“We talk about potential move every day. I hope we stay with the same guys. We’re not looking to do anything. We had the potential of something last night. I really want to come in Tuesday with a full bullpen. That’s one of the reasons Tyler’s in the bullpen today. Just trying to cover ourselves,” Showalter said.
NOTES: Yovani Gallardo reported that he felt fine a day after throwing 25 times from 50 feet, the first time he’s thrown since going on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his shoulder. Gallardo will throw again Monday. … Ubaldo Jimenez and Chris Tillman will pitch against Seattle in the first two games of the series that begins Tuesday night. The Orioles haven’t named a Thursday starter. Wade Miley, Taijuan Walker and Nathan Karns will pitch for the Mariners.