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Orioles claim Andrew Velazquez off waivers, DFA Richard Urena

Orioles claim Andrew Velazquez off waivers, DFA Richard Urena

The Orioles made another roster move Wednesday, claiming infielder Andrew Velazquez off waivers from the Indians. The team also designated infielder Richard Urena for assignment in a corresponding move. 

Velazquez, 25, is an infielder that can play all over the diamond. He played 13 games with the Rays in 2018 and 15 total games with the Rays and Indians in 2019. In his 28 career major league games, he’s slashed .152/.222/.242 and has zero home runs. 

Last season, Velazquez hit .083 and went just 2-for-23 during his at-bats. He’s also played third base, second base, shortstop and all three outfield positions in the major league.

Urena was claimed on Jan. 10 off waivers from the Blue Jays. Last season in Toronto, Urena played 30 games and slashed .243/.273/.324 and had zero home runs and four RBIs. He played five positions last season in Toronto, not including an inning where he was a pitcher. 

Should Urena clear waivers, he would stay in camp and the roster would grow to 69 total players. 

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Orioles' Chris Davis discusses parenting during the quarantine and what he and his family have been doing to avoid cabin fever

Orioles' Chris Davis discusses parenting during the quarantine and what he and his family have been doing to avoid cabin fever

Chris Davis has been watching a show about tigers during quarantine, except it’s not the popular Tiger King documentary from Netflix as one might suspect.

"The one voice that just haunts me in my dreams is Daniel Tiger. He is a staple in our household and has been for every one of our girls," Davis said in an interview on MLB Network Radio.

The Baltimore Orioles first baseman has not only been spending time with his kids watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, but Davis discussed how he and his family have been trying to avoid getting cabin fever by getting creative with his three daughters.

"Right now the thing to do is just run. That's literally what they're doing," Davis said. "They're running in circles and laughing, 'Daddy come chase us,' and I'm like, 'Daddy's a little tired right now,' but I do what I can. And Ella, being our oldest, has figured out how to ride a bike without any training wheels, so we're doing a lot of bike riding." 

Davis went on to say that despite the unfortunate circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, “we understand as a family and just as a baseball family that the best thing for our game, the best thing for our fans and for the safety of everyone is to try and distance ourselves from people.” In the meantime, it seems that Davis is enjoying his time with his family and is looking forward to getting back to baseball.

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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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