Brandon Hyde's first spring training day as Orioles manager; Bleier throws pain-free; Sucre delayed -

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Brandon Hyde’s first spring training day as Orioles manager; Bleier throws pain-free; Sucre delayed

SARASOTA, Fla.-What’s happening? – After a cool and windy first workout, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde is looking forward to a longer, more complete second day of spring training.

Because rain made the fields too wet for fielding drills, Hyde hopes to hold them today. He also wants  the remaining 16 of the 31 pitchers to throw a bullpen session.

Alex Cobb was the biggest name who didn’t throw Tuesday, and he should be joined by Mychal Givens.

They’ll be watched not only by a new coaching staff but their work will be recorded by cameras that will help evaluate their work in greater detail. Hyde says there are more to come.

Because Jesus Sucre is detained in Venezuela because of visa issues, the Orioles are bringing in longtime minor league catcher Cael Brockmeyer, who Hyde is familiar with from his time with the Chicago Cubs.

More position players should be trickling in. Nearly all should report by the time they’re required to on Sunday.  

What’s happened?—Trey Mancini was spotted in the clubhouse, joining Mark Trumbo as the biggest names to report. Rule 5 draft choices Richie Martin and Drew Jackson are here, as is rookie outfielder Ryan McKenna.

Fifteen of the 31 pitchers in camp threw bullpen sessions. Because Sucre wasn’t available, five pitchers at a time could throw bullpen sessions instead of six.

Rain delayed the start of the workout by an hour, and no fans were there to watch.


Hyde said he was excited to get things under way and was pleased to see Richard Bleier, who hadn’t pitched since last June because of a lat injury, throw without incident.

Dylan Bundy, Andrew Cashner, Nate Karns and David Hess were among those who threw.

What’s up with? – Martin Cervenka. The 26-year-old catcher is in his first big league camp. Cervenka, who hit .258 with 15 home runs and 60 RBIs in 97 games for Double-A Bowie, is trying to become the first native of the Czech Republic to play major league baseball.

Cervenka was signed by Cleveland at 16 but didn’t play in the United States until he was 19.

Even though few people play baseball in the Czech Republic, Cervenka’s father was a lifelong baseball and softball player.

“I always played with my brother. We just played baseball,” Cervenka said. “We didn’t play soccer or anything else. It was always baseball for us.”

Cervenka wasn’t able to follow baseball as closely as he wanted because games were televised just twice a month, but he followed the sport online.

When he came to the United States, it was an entirely new baseball world.

“I knew baseball was a big deal in the U.S.,” Cervenka said. “The level of competition was more eye-opening for me.  Back home you didn’t get to play against guys who are this good. You’ve got to step up your game a little bit.”

What’s what? –When Buck Showalter was manager, he was able to get a bullpen built on the back fields of Ed Smith Stadium. Three pitching rubbers were installed.

Hyde has improved on Showalter’s innovation by doubling the number of mounds to six, enabling the team to see 15 or 16 pitchers within a half-hour.

What’s the word? – “There’s a lot of competition. That’s one of the best things that can happen to any club is to have a lot of fighting for positions. I think that’s going to get the best out of everybody. There’s hardly any spots that are totally wrapped up here.”-Mark Trumbo on the atmosphere in the Orioles’ camp.

What’s the number? 6. Brockmeyer’s addition gives the Orioles six catchers. Brockmeyer and Cervenka join Chance Sisco, Austin Wynns, Andrew Susac and Carlos Perez

Follow Rich Dubroff on Twitter @RichDubroffMLB



  1. Bhoffman1

    February 14, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Where’s Chris Davis. He should be the first person to show up.

  2. bmorebirds

    February 14, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Bhoff, I’m sure Davis is still involved in an intensive off-season training regime where his best friend, Jim Palmer, throws him batting practice seven days a week.

  3. PA Bird Lover

    February 14, 2019 at 8:41 am

    I’m beginning to think Davis is all talk. I certainly hope I’m wrong. Nice column, Rich. Are you in FL?

    • Rich Dubroff

      February 14, 2019 at 9:09 am

      Yes, PA I’m in Florida.

  4. Bancells Moustache

    February 14, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Rich, you mentioned the cameras recording the bullpen sessions in a manner that makes it sound like a new innovation for the Birds. Is it? Not to be negative, but that seems like something that should have been implemented by every team back in the 90s.

    • Rich Dubroff

      February 14, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      Bancells, they’re sophisticated cameras, and they’re supposed to provide them with new information. not previously available.

  5. deqalt

    February 14, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Remember Chris Davis is “working on a few things.” He might a few days off to rest. If I hear that phrase again….

  6. shoes

    February 14, 2019 at 10:10 am

    What happens to Sucre’s $850, 000 contract if he doesn’t report?

    • Rich Dubroff

      February 14, 2019 at 2:12 pm

      He’s on a minor league contract, Shoes. He needs to make the Orioles to make the money.

  7. Orial

    February 14, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Rich is there any way we can put a gag order on any Davis comments? Getting VERY old. Would not be surprised if Sucre is the opening day catcher. What a country to be stranded in–Venezuela. Mr Brocail do your magic–make something of Hunter Harvey.

    • elrod h

      February 14, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      I don’t think you will ever hear the end of it as long as he is here. Hard to disagree that reporting early would be a good sign.

  8. Hallbe62

    February 14, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Good Update. Competition will improve the product on the field.

  9. CalsPals

    February 14, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Negativity is abound, Bryce Harper isn’t in camp either, if he doesn’t want to work at getting better, they’ll play the best eight….I’m guessing there is a lot of positive energy around their facilities, as there should be….

    • Rich Dubroff

      February 14, 2019 at 2:13 pm

      The vibe is different around here, CalsPals.

    • CalsPals

      February 14, 2019 at 7:13 pm

      Awesome to hear, please keep us posted…

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