Kim makes O's roster; Avery sent to minors; three on DL -
Dan Connolly

Kim makes O’s roster; Avery sent to minors; three on DL

Hyun Soo Kim poses during the Orioles Photo Day workout at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.

The Orioles Opening Day roster is set and it includes Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim.

The club announced its 25-man roster this afternoon and outfielder Xavier Avery was reassigned to minor league camp, meaning he’ll go to Triple-A Norfolk. He was signed to a minor league deal this winter, so Avery won’t have to pass through waivers to stick with the organization. That means Kim will have a chance to run down the orange carpet at Camden Yards on Monday.

Avery and Kim were ultimately fighting for the final roster spot. Outfielder Nolan Reimold and reliever Vance Worley weren’t officially aware on Friday that they had made the team – but that was the assumption.

Kim, who signed a two-year, $7 million deal in December, was asked to go to the minors, but according to his contract he could not be sent down without his permission. The 28-year-old did not give his permission despite picking up just eight singles in 45 big league exhibition at-bats (.178 average) this spring. He had just one at-bat in the past week, a ninth-inning groundout on Friday.

As part of their roster management, the Orioles placed three players on the 15-day disabled list: Kevin Gausman (shoulder), Brian Matusz (intercostal strain), and Jimmy Paredes (wrist).

Here is the Opening Day roster:

Pitchers: Chris Tillman, Yovani Gallardo, Ubaldo Jimenez, Mike Wright, Zach Britton, Darren O’Day, Brad Brach, Mychal Givens, Dylan Bundy, T.J. McFarland Vance Worley and Tyler Wilson.

Hitters: Matt Wieters, Caleb Joseph, Pedro Alvarez, Chris Davis, Jonathan Schoop, J.J. Hardy, Manny Machado, Ryan Flaherty, Mark Trumbo, Adam Jones, Joey Rickard, Reimold, Kim.



  1. BigFredCThatsMe

    April 3, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    It will be interesting to see who Buck slots into the leadoff spot tomorrow. I’m guessing Manny, just bc of the immense pressure on Rickard to lead off.

  2. theotherbillc

    April 3, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    It’ll be cringe worthy tomorrow when he take his stroll down the carpet tomorrow.

    • Steve Cockey

      April 3, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Agreed – they never seem to make things easy on themselves. Will be interesting to see how quickly he gets semi-regular playing time if Rickard and/or Reimold struggle.

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