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MLB journeyman Tommy Milone joins Orioles as a spring training non-roster invitee

MLB journeyman Tommy Milone joins Orioles as a spring training non-roster invitee

Just a week after Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said the Orioles were looking to add a potential arm into the starting rotation, they made good on his statement.

According to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com, the Orioles brought in left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone on Thursday to spring training on an invite basis. 

Milone will join a starting pitching competition that, after John Means and Alex Cobb, has plenty of room for potential additions. Milone was a 10th round pick of the Nationals in 2008 and made his MLB debut on Sept. 3, 2011. 

Milone, 33, has a career record of 50-47 with a 4.47 ERA in 174 games with 136 starts. 

In 2019, as a member of the Mariners, he went 4-10 with a 4.76 ERA in 23 games, with six starts. He threw 111.2 innings, his most at the major-league level since 2015, had a 5.00 FIP, a WHIP of 1.119 and allowed 8.2 hits per nine innings. 

According to Baseball Savant, Milone threw 730 fastballs last season (43.7 percent), 637 changeups (38.1 percent), 172 sliders (10.3 percent) and 131 cutters (7.8 percent). 

Milone has also pitched for the Athletics, Twins, Mets and Brewers in his career in addition to the Nationals. His career-best season came in 2012 in Oakland, where he pitched 190 innings in 31 games (all starts) and allowed a 3.74 ERA. 

Baltimore’s camp roster is now at 68 players with Asher Wojciechowski, Brandon Bailey, Michael Rucker, David Hess, Keegan Akin and Kohl Stewart, amongst a few others, expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. Last season, the Orioles had a 5.59 ERA as a pitching staff and allowed a league-record 305 home runs.

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Orioles prospect Grayson Rodriguez clears a lake during insane long toss session

Orioles prospect Grayson Rodriguez clears a lake during insane long toss session

With the MLB season on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, players are forced to keep in shape in unique ways. From home workouts to pitching machines in the backyard, there have been plenty of different methods to get training sessions in.

For Orioles top pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez, he decided to long toss in potentially a never before seen way: throwing over an entire lake.

Yes, you read that right.

In a truly mesmerizing moment, Rodriguez cleared the lake and then some. As some of the replies to the video stated, it's easy to start feeling your shoulder and arm get sore just watching the toss.

The arm talent of Rodriguez is impressive, as is his work in the Orioles system. At just 20 years old, the 2018 first-round pick has quickly risen to be the No. 2 prospect for the club and the No. 36 overall prospect in all of baseball.

In 28 combined starts in Rookie-level and Class A, Rodriguez put up 2.46 ERA. The right-hander also made an appearance in last season's All-Star Futures Game.

With numbers like that and an arm that can throw over a lake, the future looks bright for Rodriguez.

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Orioles relief pitcher Richard Bleier caters meals for ER staff at Florida hospital

Orioles relief pitcher Richard Bleier caters meals for ER staff at Florida hospital

Orioles relief pitcher Richard Bleier is giving back to his home community during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Bleier catered lunch for the Emergency Room staff at Wellington Regional Medical Center in Florida’s Palm Beach County on Wednesday.

“Much respect to the nurses, doctors, medical staff, and everyone else working extremely hard in all the hospitals around the country to help people,” Bleier said in the Instagram post. “A small gesture compared to what they are doing on a daily basis. I hope everyone who is in a position to help someone else does so in this time of need. We will all get through this together [six feet away from each other of course].”

Major League Baseball has yet to set a return date for the 2020 regular season, and there doesn’t appear to be a set timeline for the season to be played. 

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