FORT MYERS, Fla.-What’s happening?—Andrew Cashner makes his first spring start when the Orioles play the Detroit Tigers today. Dillon Tate, Gabriel Ynoa, Pedro Araujo, Cody Carroll, Brendan Kline and Tanner Scott are also scheduled to pitch.
Manager Brandon Hyde said that catcher Jesus Sucre has reported to camp and looks to be in good shape. He played winter ball in Venezuela.
“Obviously, we’re going to ramp him up as he feels,” Hyde said. “He might work out today…He hasn’t done anything for the last few days. We’re not going to rush him back any time soon.”
Nate Karns was scheduled to throw a side session and would be put back in the schedule if he responds well.
There was a locker set aside for Gregory Infante, but he hasn’t reported to Sarasota. Hyde said the right-handed pitcher, who had been ill in Venezuela, was still getting treatment in Miami.
Infielder Hanser Alberto also was scheduled to report to Sarasota.
What’s happened?— Mike Wright pitched three scoreless innings, allowing three hits in the Orioles’ 9-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.
Wright became the first Oriole to pitch three, and has thrown seven scoreless innings, allowing eight hits.
“You can’t really argue with zeroes, so I’ll take that any time,” Wright said.
Hyde has an open mind on whether Wright will start or relieve.
“We haven’t determined anything,” Hyde said. “We want him to continue to throw innings to see what possibilities we could have at that back end of the rotation.”
Yefry Ramirez followed with three innings, allowing a run on Xander Bogaerts’ home run, on two hits.
Paul Fry pitched a spotless seventh inning and Evan Phillips allowed one hit in two scoreless innings.
Trey Mancini was removed with a sore pinkie. “I’m not taking any chances,” Hyde said. “I pulled him out of the game just to give him a breather, give him a couple of days. I want him all the way right.”
Rule 5 draft choice Drew Jackson had three hits, Jace Peterson, Ryan Mountcastle and DJ Stewart each had two hits.
What’s up with-Eric Young Jr. Young continued his hot hitting, with a single and two walks. He’s batting .500 (5-for-10), and is in contention for an outfield berth.
“I’ve had bad springs and made the team,” Young said. “I’ve had awesome springs and didn’t make the team. At the end of the day, those are front-office decisions, and I can’t control those. All I can do is go out there and get myself ready for Opening Day, and where that’s going to be, hopefully, I’ll be going full throttle when that day comes.”
What’s what? Richie Martin continues to impress at shortstop. He made a diving play to rob Bogaerts of a hit and was 1-for-3, and is hitting .462.
“He made a great play defensively,” Hyde said. “Besides that, every routine play that he had…he just did everything really, really well. I’m just looking for guys to make the routine play, and if you can make a spectacular play once in a while, great. It’s the routine play that we’re counting on, and Richie made all the routine plays, and he also made an exceptional play.”
The Rule 5 draft choice is competing with Alcides Escobar for the starting shortstop job.
What’s the word? “I’m trying to make a spot on the team, so the intensity’s there regardless of who steps up to the plate.”-Wright on if he was more pumped up because Boston’s lineup featured some of their top-tier players.
What’s the number? 62. With Alberto and Sucre in camp, the Orioles have 62 players in camp. Infante would make it 63, but cuts are expected soon.
What’s the record? 4-3-2. The Orioles play the Detroit Tigers at home today at 3:05 p.m.