Orioles are being careful with Karns; Blue Jays outfielder added to mix; Ynoa pitches four innings - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Orioles are being careful with Karns; Blue Jays outfielder added to mix; Ynoa pitches four innings

Photo Credit: Joy R. Absalon

SARASOTA, Fla.-What’s happening? –Dylan Bundy starts against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte in the first of today’s split-squad games. David Hess will start the night game.

Chris Davis was scheduled for an MRI because of a strain of the left hip flexor, but manager Brandon Hyde said Davis, who hasn’t played since March 10, seems to be getting better.

Nate Karns, who threw a spotless third inning, could start the season in the bullpen.

You’d love to have durable guys in the ‘pen,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “That’s not always realistic.”

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Because of Karns’ extensive history of injuries, the Orioles are being extremely cautious with him, and Hyde hasn’t decided on what his plans for Karns are.

“Anything’s possible. Anything can happen in the next 2 ½ weeks,” Hyde said.

The Orioles acquired outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for international bonus money. Smith batted .293 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 47 games for the Blue Jays over the past two seasons.

“Dwight Smith is a young outfielder with a strong track record of performance and is a plus-hitter from the left side. We like adding him to what has become a deep and varied outfield mix in camp,” general manager Mike Elias said in a statement.

What’s happened?—Andrew Cashner retired the first five Boston Red Sox hitters, walked two batters and was pulled after allowing an RBI double to Tzu Wei Lin.

Cashner’s 10-pitch walk to Sandy Leon helped boost his pitch count to 30 in the second inning, and that was too much for Hyde.

“I was really lobbying to keep going, but they didn’t want me to throw more than 30 pitches, but I understand,” Cashner said.

“…It’s early in spring. It’s my second outing out there. They’re just protecting me. I understand that, so you’ve got to respect that.”

Cashner hopes to throw 70 pitches in his next outing.

Gabriel Ynoa (pictured above) pitched four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit in the Orioles’ 4-2 win.

“I was not really expecting to go four innings today,” Ynoa said through a translator. “I took advantage of the opportunity.”

Ynoa, who came to camp on a minor league contract, has allowed one run on four hits in eight innings. He has struck out six without a walk.

“He’s been impressive,” Hyde said. “He really attacks hitters, unpredictable.”

Drew Jackson was 3-for-3 and brought his spring average up to .417. Anthony Santander had an RBI double, and he’s  hitting .476.

What’s up with? Jace Peterson. Last year, Peterson played 93 games for the Orioles and was a solid fill-in at second base, shortstop, third base, left field and right field. He even pitched at Fenway Park, allowing four runs on six hits in an inning.

Peterson was taken off the 40-man roster but chose to sign a minor league contract with the Orioles.

“I had some other offers on the table,” Peterson said. “I enjoyed my time at the end of the season in Baltimore. I was looking forward to coming back here and trying to win a job and try to have another crack at it.”

What’s what? Dwight Smith Jr. is the son of Dwight Smith Sr., a former major league outfielder who played 28 games for the Orioles in 1994.

What’s the word? “We joked about it early on in spring, me and Doug actually, but if they need me, I will. It was fun last year to get out on the mound to do that.”-Peterson on telling pitching coach Doug Brocail he’d be available as an emergency pitcher.

What’s the number? 4. If someone asked you at the beginning of spring training to guess the identity of the first Orioles pitcher to throw four innings, I’m sure each of you would have guessed Gabriel Ynoa.

What’s the record? 8-5-2. The Orioles play the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m. at Charlotte Sports Park and then play the New York Yankees in Sarasota at 6:05 p.m.

Follow Rich Dubroff on Twitter @RichDubroffMLB

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Fareastern89

    March 9, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Good idea to be cautious with Karns. He could be a valuable trade chip this summer.

  2. Tony Paparella

    March 9, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Friday was an encouraging day from what I saw of the Orioles.Cashner would have actually been out of the inning if not for some very questionable calls behind the plate.McDonald made light of them but the pitches were strikes and caused a couple walks.Ynoa was exceptional to say the least and Jackson and Nunez hitting well.I actually think Nunez could be a big sleeper on this team and hit .260 or more with 20 or more home runs if given the start.I hear Hyde prefers the defensive guy when all things are equal but Renato should be given the shot.Also see where Richie Martin favored to start so not sure if they would want to keep Alcides with the way these prospects are playing (Jackson,Martin) and a couple of the guys rule 5 players.I also like Santander as I believe he is ready to perform upstairs.I know it is spring training and that worries me some as far as the pitchers are concerned but that new way of tracking each pitch seems to be helping some of the guys,especially Mike Wright.Coaching approach seems like night and day compared to the old Showalter regime.

    • Bhoffman1

      March 9, 2019 at 8:30 pm

      Yes coaching is night and day from what we lived with under the Bucks regime

  3. Orial

    March 9, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Rich I see where Smith was acquired by again trading International slot money. Though I have faith in all of Elias’ moves I’m curious about his thinking/intentions with that money. Is he giving it up being that it’s getting near “reset” time? Giving it up for lack of established base in the area? What makes it even more curious is that obviously there are teams still willing to aquire these slots.

    • Rich Dubroff

      March 9, 2019 at 6:47 pm

      Orial, Elias has said that nearly all of the best international prospects were signed long before he was hired. Some teams may think there are prospects available or they just want to get something for someone in a trade and not just waive them.

  4. Grand Strand Bird Fan

    March 9, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    The Orioles made another move using international money to acquire Smith Does this seem to indicate that the Orioles are no longer interested in acquiring ss Yolbert Sanchez?

    • Rich Dubroff

      March 9, 2019 at 6:48 pm

      That may be the case, Grand Strand, but Sanchez may want to wait until July 2 to sign with the team of his choice, one that doesn’t have enough money to sign him.

  5. Disco Stupid

    March 9, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Rich. I don’t know if you get any face time with upper management but if so can you ask if the team has moved on from Yolbert Sanchez? Thanks for the blogging.

    • Rich Dubroff

      March 9, 2019 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you, Disco. I don’t know if they’ve moved on from him or that he’s waiting until July 2 to sign with another team that doesn’t have the money to sign him now.

  6. cedar

    March 9, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    With another outfielder added to the mix and the play of Santander and Hays, is Mullins on his way back to the minors?

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