SARASOTA, Fla. – During Sunday’s scoreless intrasquad game, Dariel Alvarez hit a ball down the right field line. Mark Trumbo playing in right, misplayed the ball.
The Orioles won’t make a big deal about Trumbo’s outfield play; he’s slated to be the team’s primary designated hitter this season though he has substantial major league outfield experience.
“He didn’t quite catch it. I haven’t talked to him about it. You don’t want me to walk up to me and go, ‘what happened?’ We all know,” manager Buck Showalter said.
The Orioles are still looking for another outfielder, but Showalter wouldn’t bite on an invitation to speculation.
“Would I bet on it? I wouldn’t bet anything the way this thing’s gone. I wouldn’t take that bet. I’m not a very good bettor,” Showalter said.
“As usual, they’re probably asking too much now.”
When asked if the Orioles felt compelled to add an outfielder, Showalter said:
“It depends on who the player is. There’s a sense of urgency if you feel like it upgrades your club. I think it depends on what player it is.”
The Orioles remain interested in free agent outfielder Austin Jackson and are interested in trading for Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce.
One of the players the Orioles wanted to consider in the outfield mix, Efren Navarro, who was designated for assignment after Yovani Gallardo was signed, passed through waivers, but refused an outright assignment to Norfolk and declared free agency.
Dariel Alvarez, Xavier Avery, L.J. Hoes, Alfredo Marte, Nolan Reimold Rule 5 draft pick Joey Rickard and Henry Urrutia are all in camp as outfielders.
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Two others in camp are first basemen Trey Mancini and Christian Walker. Their path to first in the majors is blocked by Chris Davis. Could either of them play the outfield?
“Not yet, no. I think you’d probably think about Walker before you’d think about Mancini out there just from a skill set. I’m not sure Mancini’s arm would play out there,” Showalter said.
“It might be something in Norfolk. I don’t think you’re going to see him play in the outfield here. I’ll let them think about it. We’ll see what our needs are going to be. We’ve got a lot of outfielders that are kind of slated for that level. I think there’s eight of them.”
NOTES: The intrasquad game was ended after 5 ½ innings. Saturday’s game, which lasted five innings, was also scoreless. … Walker had a double, the only extra-base hit of the weekend, on Sunday. ... Mike Wright will start Tuesday's game at Atlanta. Tyler Wilson will follow. Ubaldo Jimenez starts on Wednesday against the Braves, Miguel Gonzalez will pitch Thursday at Tampa Bay and Vance Worley Friday at Toronto.