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Orioles set roster as spring training ends; Bundy struggles; Smith shines

SARASOTA, Fla.-What’s happening?—Alex Cobb will begin the season on the 10-day injured list because of a sore right groin. Andrew Cashner is likely to make the start on Thursday at Yankee Stadium in the season opener.

Manager Brandon Hyde said it was likely Cobb could start the home opener at Oriole Park on April 4.

“I think at the worst we’ll be able to do that,” Hyde said. “And that might be the right time for him to come back anyway with the progression if we are holding him out, so we’re hopeful that the home opener at the worst.”

Cobb, who left Saturday’s game because of soreness in the right groin after one inning, played catch on Monday and will stay in Sarasota for the time being.

Catcher Austin Wynns, who’s been out because of a sore left oblique, joins Cobb on the 10-day injured list.

Mark Trumbo, who is recovering from September right knee surgery, has been placed on the 60-day IL.

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Trumbo’s place on the 40-man roster will be taken by catcher Jesus Sucre, whose contract has been purchased. He signed a minor league contract last month.

Today, the Orioles are scheduled to visit the Naval Academy for a tour and lunch with the Midshipmen. They’ll have a workout at 3 p.m. at Oriole Park.

What happened? Dylan Bundy allowed four runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings as the Orioles lost to the New York Mets, 9-7, in their final Grapefruit League game.

“To finish spring training healthy, that’s the main goal,” Bundy said. “Today, I was mainly working on my changeup, and I threw a lot more than I would normally throw in a game.”

Bundy threw 82 pitches. Even though it took him nearly five innings to get there, he was happy with his stamina.

“I’m ready for the season,” he said.

Bundy hasn’t been told when he’ll pitch his first game because the rotation is in flux due to Cobb’s injury.

“I don’t think he was as sharp as he would have liked to be,” Hyde said.

Dwight Smith Jr. homered twice and Chris Davis hit his third home run of the spring.

“He’s been unbelievably impressive,” Hyde said. “I hope he continues to swing it like this as we go north.”

Both of Smith’s home runs were hit to center field.

“I haven’t seen much of him,” Hyde said. “I’ve seen his track record…For him to come out and juice some balls the way he has has been a pleasant surprise.”

New York’s Dominic Smith hit a three-run homer off Pedro Araujo in the ninth to put the Mets ahead.

What’s up with? Dwight Smith Jr. He homered twice and has five home runs in 12 games with the Orioles.

“I feel like this past offseason something clicked,” Smith said.

Smith, who was acquired from Toronto in exchange for international bonus money on March 8, said he was confident he could make the team despite the abundance of outfielders in camp.

“As long as I have a jersey, there’s always a chance,” Smith said. 

What’s what? Since Cobb will begin the season on the injured list, the Orioles are likely to use an opener — a relief pitcher to start the game — with at least one rotation spot.

“The Cobb situation is probably forcing some creativity,” general manager Mike Elias said. “I hope that we settle into a situation where we have more regular starters, but I think you’ll see some creativity early, with a couple of bullpen games, maybe a pseudo-opener kind of thing going on.”

“..In the early part of the season, we’ll probably see some days where there are a couple of pitchers going with length, as opposed to a designated starter you hope would go 6-7 innings.” 

What’s the word?” We want to take absolutely no risk in some kind of major setback, and he had a procedure that’s not a cakewalk in terms of rehab. Relative to other players that have done this, he’s very early in the time horizon for the rehab. He’s doing well, but we don’t want to push it, and he’s not ready. That’s for sure.”-Elias on deciding whether to place Mark Trumbo on the 60-day injured list.

What’s the number? 9. Just nine of the likely 25 players on the Opening Day roster were on the 2018 Opening Day roster. They’re pitchers Pedro Araujo, Richard Bleier, Dylan Bundy, Andrew Cashner, Miguel Castro, Mychal Givens and Mike Wright, first baseman Chris Davis and left fielder Trey Mancini.

What’s the record? 12-17-3. The Orioles were winless in their last seven games, six losses and a tie. The Orioles open the season on Thursday at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m.

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