SARASOTA, Fla.-What’s happening? – Dylan Bundy starts against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers today. Bundy allowed a run on four hits in his first start on Feb. 28. He’ll be followed by David Hess, Jimmy Yacabonis, Josh Osich and Miguel Castro.
Manager Brandon Hyde will start Bundy on three days’ rest.
“Because he threw just a couple of innings the other day,” Hyde said. “We’re going to start getting those kind of guys in the five days as we go along here. I think he wanted to get back on the mound, also.”
Bundy likely will pitch three innings.
Nate Karns threw a side session on Saturday. He was scheduled to pitch Friday night but was scratched because of soreness in his arm. Hyde said that Karns will pitch in a few days.
Infielder Hanser Alberto, who was reacquired by the Orioles from the San Francisco Giants on Friday, will play today.
The Orioles made their first cuts of camp, optioning Hunter Harvey to Triple-A Norfolk. Harvey allowed two runs in two innings.
Hyde said that the Orioles don’t have enough innings here for Harvey to pitch. In minor league camp, he’ll get longer outings.
“When we had our meeting with him, we told him how impressed we were with what he did the last few weeks,” Hyde said. “He understood. We just wanted to do what was best for him. We feel like the best thing for him right now is to go down there, work on a few more things, stay healthy and break camp with whatever team he goes with and continue to pitch like he’s been pitching here.”
The Orioles also assigned catcher Cael Brockmeyer, outfielders Ryan McKenna and Mike Yastrzemski, infielder Zach Vincej, right-handed pitchers Dean Kremer, Zach Pop, and left-handed pitcher Chris Lee to minor league camp.
The Orioles have 54 players in camp.
The Orioles acquired right-handed pitcher Xavier Moore from the Minnesota Twins for international signing bonus money. The 20-year-old is 0-1 with a 4.54 ERA in 25 games in 2017 and 2018. Earlier in the day, Moore was traded from Texas to Minnesota for outfielder Zack Granite.
Major League Baseball suspended Orioles minor league pitcher Willie Rios for 50 days for a drug abuse. The left-hander was 2-4 with a 5.32 ERA for Short-Season Aberdeen last season.
What’s happened?—Andrew Cashner allowed four runs on six hits in three innings in the Orioles’ 7-5 win over the Detroit Tigers.
Cashner allowed a three-run home run to Niko Goodrum in the first inning.
“I thought it was a good pitch, [catcher Austin Wynns] said he thought it was a good pitch, but I’ll look at it on video,” Cashner said. “I think it might have been up a little bit too much, but it’s just something I’ve got to work on, working the fastball both sides of the plate.”
Hyde had no problem with Cashner’s outing.“I just think he had one of those rough spring training first innings then kind of found it,” Hyde said. “Like a lot of guys do, maybe a little overamped.”
Anthony Santander was 3-for-3 with a three-run home run. He’s batting .462 (6-for-13).
“We’ve been working on a couple of things [with] my swing,” Santander said through a translator. “We’ve been working really hard for the past few days on it. This game is about adjustments, and every adjustment you can make is going to put you in a better position to succeed.”
Jonathan Villar injured a pinkie when it was jammed by a spike. He said that during the regular season he would have continued. It’s the second injured pinkie in as many days. Trey Mancini hurt one on Saturday in Fort Myers against Boston.
What’s up with?– Carlos Perez is one of six catchers on the Orioles’ spring roster. Perez has caught more major league games than either Chance Sisco or Austin Wynns.
In 2015, Perez played 86 games for the Los Angeles Angels, batting .250 with four home runs and 21 RBIs. A year later, he played 87 games for the Angels. He’s also played for Atlanta and Texas and has a .215 average in four seasons.
He’s known as a strong defensive catcher and has thrown out 38 percent of runners trying to steal.
“I think all the catchers play good defense, too,” Perez said. “I feel very confident in my defense.”
What’s what? The Orioles have had their share of famous names in camp. Mike Yastrzemski was with the team until Sunday, and on Friday, they brought Preston Palmiero, son of Rafael, to play first base in the late innings. Sunday, they brought Ryan Ripken, son of Cal Ripken Jr., to play first base in relief of Chris Davis.
What’s the word? “We just have a lot of room to grow defensively. Making the routine play, being consistent and making the routine play allows you to win in the big leagues. If you don’t make the routine play, you’re allowing extra outs. You’re allowing extra pitches for your pitcher, bullpen usage. All that stuff that not only affects you tonight, it affects you through the series and through the next few days.”-Hyde on the Orioles’ need to improve their defense.
What’s the number? 7. Chris Davis is 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts. He’s walked once and hit a home run.
What’s the record? 5-3-2
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