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Sucre arrives; Alberto is back; Hart departs; Orioles lose, then tie

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SARASOTA, Fla.-What’s happening? – Mike Wright starts against the Boston Red Sox at jetBlue Park today at 1:05 p.m. He’ll be followed by Yefry Ramirez, who will throw multiple innings, manager Brandon Hyde said.

Catcher Jesus Sucre was cleared to travel from Venezuela, and he was scheduled to report to the Orioles on Friday.

Hyde is hoping Sucre can play within the week.

“I’m going to ask him what he’s been doing,” Hyde said. “I don’t even know, to be honest with you, how much game stuff he’s been doing. But I think realistically four or five days of catching sides and getting batting practice in, and we’ll evaluate from there if we feel like he’s game-ready.”

Nate Karns, who was scratched from Friday night’s start against the New York Yankees because of arm soreness, will throw a side session today or tomorrow. Karns said he felt fine.

Infielder Hanser Alberto, pictured above, who was lost on waivers to the San Francisco Giants a week ago, was claimed on waivers by the Orioles. Alberto was originally claimed from the New York Yankees on Jan. 11 and designated for assignment on Feb. 19 when left-hander Josh Osich was claimed on waivers from San Francisco.

“I think he’s a really good player,” Hyde said of Alberto. “I like him a lot. He’s just really, really steady, incredible energy in our locker room and the dugout. I’m excited to get him back into our camp.”

Donnie Hart was designated for assignment. Hart, was 2-0 with a 3.93 ERA in 93 appearances with the Orioles over the last three seasons. He was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk multiple times last season.

What’s happened?—Alex Cobb was pulled after he faced just six batters in the first. He allowed four runs and recorded just two outs as the Orioles lost to the Tampa Bay Rays, 10-5, in the first game of a split-squad doubleheader.

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“I think he was trying to protect me from what was going on out there from me,” Cobb said. “Obviously, unraveled a little bit. I was expecting to stay out there and go and up/down. I don’t know the conversation they had on this. I went to the bullpen afterwards and finished up. The plan was to go two, obviously, but the outing didn’t go according to plan, so I guessed they called an audible on it.”

It was Cobb’s first Grapefruit League start for the Orioles. Last year, he signed too late to make any starts before the regular season.

“I just didn’t want to extend him,” Hyde said. “I didn’t’ want to stretch it any further than it went.”

Mychal Givens allowed a run on two hits in his first spring appearance. Givens recorded just two outs, both on strikeouts.

“Just hasn’t been out there, getting his feet wet,” Hyde said. “I thought it was a productive first time out for him as well.”

Hunter Harvey pitched a scoreless fifth, walking one and striking out two.

“Looked a little bit more relaxed this time than he did last time,” Hyde said. “The adrenaline was so high. He was pitching a little bit more.”

Chance Sisco hit his fourth home run of the spring. He has nine RBIs, and Richie Martin was 2-for-3, and is hitting .500.

In the second half of the split-squad doubleheader, the Orioles and New York Yankees played to a 2-2 tie.

John Means started and threw two hitless innings. Austin Hays homered.

What’s up with?—Ryan McKenna. He’s in his first major league camp and had a spectacular first half of the season, hitting .377 for High-A Frederick. At Double-A Bowie, McKenna hit .239 in the season’s second half.

McKenna got his confidence back when he hit .344 for Glendale of the Arizona Fall League.

“It’s definitely huge,” McKenna said. “I think it kind of gave me back a little bit of confidence to go forward and be like, ‘Hey, I can compete with these guys.’ It’s one thing to do well in A-ball, and then transition to Double-A. That’s where it gets more serious, and I think transitioning to the AFL and having success there was huge for me.”

What’s the word? “If you go to a get a drink with Josh Rogers on the mound, you better have your head up and your eyes on the field, or you’re going to miss about 10 pitches. The tempo is unbelievable.”-Hyde on how quickly Rogers works.

What’s what? Because Cobb didn’t complete two innings and Givens didn’t complete his inning, Hyde used two imports from minor league camp, Tanner Chleborad and Matt Wotherspoon.

Chleborad and Wotherspoon worked a full inning after they finished innings for Cobb and Givens.

Because of the split-squad games, Hyde needed additional pitchers, and then Hart, who was also scheduled to pitch, was designated for assignment.

Chleborad retired all four batters he faced and Wotherspoon allowed a run on two hits and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings.

“Those guys that came in for us did a great job and threw strikes and were aggressive,” Hyde said. “Hats off to those guys for helping us out.”

What’s the number? 9. That’s the number of times Donnie Hart was recalled from Norfolk last season. Some were only a day or two, and he only pitched in 20 games for the Orioles last season. 

What’s the record? 3-3-2. The Orioles play the Boston Red Sox at jetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m.

Follow Rich Dubroff on Twitter @RichDubroffMLB

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Orial

    March 2, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Between Escobar,Martin and now Alberto it seems Hyde has a lot to watch at SS(though none are game breakers). Interesting how Hyde chose to yank Cobb instead of giving him the normal 2 inning work load. Maybe Hyde sees something in Cobb’s makeup that could lead to frustration/confidence especially at this early stage. Very intrigued by one thing–Hyde/Elias/Brocail seem to see something in Mike Wright that we fans have seemed to miss. He’s getting a serious look as a starter. Would be a real coup if they can turn him into a productive starter or at least long man. I’m pulling for Wright.

    • Rich Dubroff

      March 2, 2019 at 2:58 pm

      Interesting insights, Orial.

  2. Tony Paparella

    March 2, 2019 at 9:37 am

    I am pulling for Wright also as they always claim he has a great arm.Maybe this new staff can bring him around.I thought Cobb was a great pickup last year and just hoping he can get back to his old stuff. Log jam at shortstop for sure and you have to think Martin will be retained if he shows some promise and Escobar will be the starter for now.But this is a new coaching staff so it may be hard to figure their decisions out.

    • Rich Dubroff

      March 2, 2019 at 6:48 pm

      Tony, I can only guess for now because I don’t know how they think.

  3. CalsPals

    March 2, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Unfortunately Cobb does not appear very mentally tough, I’ll take the high road from there….not a fan of his….

    • Michael Trent

      March 2, 2019 at 10:33 am

      One thing for sure , if Martin and Sisco don’t break with this team there’s something wrong. They are both playing well so far. These guys have something about keeping Alberto. I guess we’ll see. Good article Rich

      • Rich Dubroff

        March 2, 2019 at 2:56 pm

        Thank you, Michael.

  4. bmorebirds

    March 2, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Can’t imagine being recalled from Rochester nine times. Looks like the new Birds regime reached a super quick consensus on Donnie Hart. Also sounds like Hyde is a huge fan of Hamser Alberto and Josh Rogers.

    • Rich Dubroff

      March 2, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      Hart was recalled from Norfolk nine times, not Rochester, bmorebirds. It’s been more than a decade since the Orioles had their Triple-A in Rochester.

  5. Bman123

    March 2, 2019 at 11:14 am

    I was surprised when they let Alberto go before, glad he’s back in camp. I think maybe they’re not sold on Escobar. Martin and Alberto in the SS and IF mix. A bunch of guys may not go north who deserve to but that will prob be a short detour (ie, Diaz, Hays, Harvey). Mountcastle will come around too.

    • Rich Dubroff

      March 2, 2019 at 2:55 pm

      I think it’s more they wanted more infield depth at Triple-A, Bman.

  6. jkneps63

    March 2, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Orioles lost and then tied on Friday 3/1.

    • Rich Dubroff

      March 2, 2019 at 2:53 pm

      Yes, they did. That’s what happens when I write headlines when I’m falling asleep, jkneps.

  7. Bhoffman1

    March 2, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Donnie Hart gave everything he had for a small guy. He is a perfect example why I don’t like Buck . The way he was yo yo up and down from Norfolk no other manager would do that to a player over and over again. At least Hyde had the class to let him go and give him some chance of being picked up by another organization

    • Rich Dubroff

      March 2, 2019 at 6:49 pm

      Those weren’t the decisions of the manager in either instance. Those were Duquette moves, and this was Mike Elias’ call, bhoffman.

    • Bhoffman1

      March 3, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      Ok I believe you didn’t know GM’s could do that without consulting with managers

  8. Michael Trent

    March 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Rich, a couple of weeks ago I wrote you in regards to people sounding off about Buck. I did not mean you in particular, as you said you were writing the things you saw and heard. Those decisions were being made by DD and a lot of fans were unhappy about how he handled things.I thought Buck handled the bullpen as well as anybody, so now we will see how Hyde manages his team. Time will tell, he’s a first time MLB manager. Thanks again Rich, good stuff

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