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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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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Orioles option Austin Hays to minor leagues

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Orioles option Austin Hays to minor leagues

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

Player Updates:

Outfielder Austin Hays has had a stellar spring with the big league club, but he was optioned Sunday to spend some time in the minor leagues to start the season. His injury and resulting struggles in 2018 led the Orioles to want to see him find regular season success before rejoining the Major League squad. 

Starting rotation hopeful Mike Wright allowed four runs in five innings against the Yankees Sunday. Three of the eight hits he allowed to New York left the park, and the home runs accounted for each of the four runs he gave up.

Catcher Austin Wynns is getting closer to a return. Wynns has battled an oblique issue for much of Spring Training, but manager Brandon Hyde says he could return to action next week.

Injuries: 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, day-to-day 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, day-to-day

Coming Up:

Monday 3/18: Orioles @ Tigers, 1:05 p.m., Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium

Tuesday 3/19: Orioles vs. Twins, 1:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Wednesday 3/20: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 6:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Source: Rotoworld

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Preseason 2019 MLB Power Rankings

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Preseason 2019 MLB Power Rankings

Spring Training is underway, and you know what that means.

It’s time for preseason power rankings!

As we take a look around Major League Baseball to try to take stock of where everyone stands, one thing immediately jumps out.

The top three teams in baseball likely reside in the American League. After that group? Eight of the next nine are in the wide-open National League.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2019 MLB PRESEASON POWER RANKINGS

It’s almost certain that the AL representative in the 2019 World Series will come from Boston, Houston or New York, but the NL’s representative could come from almost anywhere. Of the 15 teams in the Senior Circuit, just four look like they have no chance of competing this season. 

The rest could find themselves playing deep into October, which should make for not only a fun postseason, but a particularly exciting regular season as well. 

This is the most wide-open set of division races entering the season, with four of the six looking like multiple teams have realistic chances of winning. Only the AL Central and AL West look like the division winners are set in stone, and even the Indians could be susceptible if their stars can’t stay healthy.

These predictions are sure to look wrong in sixth months, as they always do. For now, though, they’re a good barometer for how teams are faring heading into an exciting 2019 season. 

Baseball’s back! And now, so are the power rankings.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2019 MLB PRESEASON POWER RANKINGS

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