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Jimenez has advice if Gallardo signs with Orioles

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Jimenez has advice if Gallardo signs with Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. – It was a big offseason for Ubaldo Jimenez. Newly married, Jimenez is hoping to build on his 2015 season. Two years ago, Jimenez signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Orioles and suffered through a difficult season where he went 6-9 with a 4.81 ERA.

Jimenez led the Orioles in wins with 12 and reduced his ERA to 4.11. The wildness that plagued him in 2014 subsided, and he was a dependable starter.

“I improved compared to the year before, but I know I can do better. I’m excited for this year, it’s a new beginning. Every year is a new beginning. I have to work hard to get ready for the season,” Jimenez said.

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The Orioles are rumored to have serious interest in free agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo. In 2014, Jimenez came in to camp after spring training had already begun when he signed as a free agent. If Gallardo signs with the Orioles, he’s going to have to do the same.

Jimenez has some advice for him.

“It’s going to take a little bit of time. It doesn’t matter if you tell yourself it’s not. It will because it’s a different adjustment. You have to come to a new team, you’re meeting new guys and new pitching coaches. It’s a new adjustment, but he’s a veteran guy. He’s been in the big leagues for eight, nine years, so he’s going to find a way to get where he needs to be,” Jimenez said.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: David Hess has 'good chance' of making Opening Day roster

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: David Hess has 'good chance' of making Opening Day roster

With Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles just six days away, here are the latest updates from Spring Training. 

Player Updates:

Despite not having a great spring, pitcher David Hess has a "good chance" of making Baltimore's Opening Day roster, manager Brandon Hyde told reporters Thursday. Hess is likely to slot in as one of the Orioles' five starting pitchers. In six Grapefruit League appearances (four starts), he has an 0-2 record and 7.50 ERA. 

The Orioles made another round of cuts Thursday, reassigning utility man Jake Reinheimer and RHP Josh Lucas to minor league camp. Reinheimer put up an impressive 407/.429/.593 in 20 games this spring, but was never really in consideration for an Opening Day roster spot. 

Pitcher Josh Rogers tweaked his back after catching his spike in the mound during the Orioles' 7-5 Grapefruit League loss to the Pirates Thursday and was removed as a precaution. With Opening Day less than a week away, Rogers probably won't make another Spring Training appearance. Meanwhile, Miguel Castro continued his strong spring, tossing a scoreless inning against Pittsburgh. In Grapefruit League play, Castro has an 11/2 K/BB ratio. 

Right fielder Joey Rickard had a stellar day at the place against the Pirates, doubling twice to raise his Grapefruit League batting average to .395. On the flip side, first baseman Chris Davis struck out three times against Pittsburgh, and is now batting just .148 this spring.

Injuries: 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, day-to-day 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, day-to-day

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, should be ready for Opening Day

3B Renato Nunez: Biceps, day-to-day

Coming Up:

Friday 3/22: Orioles @ Blue Jays, 6:07 p.m., Dunedin Stadium

Saturday 3/23: Orioles vs. Twins, 6:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Sunday 3/24: Orioles @ Phillies, 1:05 p.m., Spectrum Field

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez not a lock for the Opening Day roster

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez not a lock for the Opening Day roster

With Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles just a week away, here are the latest updates from Spring Training. 

Player Updates:

Infielder Renato Nunez is still sidelined with a sore biceps, and it turns out he may not be the Opening Day roster lock most expected, as the coaching staff wants to see him get more at-bats this spring.

Shortstop Alcides Escobar was released by the Orioles on the day their deadline to keep him for the season. The former Royal struggled, hitting just .219 over 32 at-bats this spring.

Injuries: 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, day-to-day 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, day-to-day

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, should be ready for Opening Day

3B Renato Nunez: Biceps, day-to-day

Coming Up:

Thursday 3/21: Orioles @ Pirates, 1:05 p.m., LECOM Park

Friday 3/22: Orioles @ Blue Jays, 6:07 p.m., Dunedin Stadium

Saturday 3/23: Orioles vs. Twins, 6:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Source: Rotoworld

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