The Orioles have gotten through April intact with a Rule 5 draftee on their roster.
Can they make it through four more?
Obviously, the Orioles have high hopes for Jason Garcia, but it will be fascinating to see if they’ll be able to keep him. In the first 20 games of the season, Garcia has pitched six times, and been scored on in four of them.
His worst outing was his last, and also the least noticeable. Garcia entered the lopsided game in the seventh inning, and allowed four runs on two home runs. He walked three.
Currently, the Orioles are carrying 12 pitchers, but have had a plethora of off days. They’ll have three more between now and May 18.
After that it gets harder. The Orioles play 21 games in 20 days including a makeup doubleheader with the White Sox. After an off day on June 8, they’re scheduled for 29 games in 30 days.
The bullpen certainly will be taxed then, and unlike previous years, the team doesn’t have optionable pitchers who can be ferried back and forth to Norfolk.
Wesley Wright should be ready to be activated from the disabled list soon, and the Orioles would like to find a place for him, too.
While the Orioles like Garcia, they’ve said many times they won’t sacrifice winning. They’re fearful he’d be snapped up if they put him on waivers just as the other Rule 5 pick Logan Verrett was, and they’ve not about to offer him back to the Boston Red Sox.
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