JUPITER, Florida.-What’s happening? Rule 5 pitcher Brandon Bailey will start for the Orioles when they play the Minnesota Twins on Thursday in Sarasota.
Bailey has allowed a run on three hits in four innings in two spring appearances.
Catcher Austin Wynns was scratched from Wednesday’s game. He suffered a groin injury on Monday when he was hit by a foul ball.
“We decided to leave him back and get a little more treatment,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “I just thought it was the right thing to do.
Shortstop José Iglesias was scratched because of an injury to his upper quadriceps muscle. Hyde hopes he plays on Thursday.
Anthony Santander, who has yet to play the field because Hyde of a sore shoulder, will soon play the outfield.
“I think if we can get him out there the last couple of weeks of camp.We’re in good shape,” Hyde said. “We’re limiting his throwing.”
Kohl Stewart, who hasn’t pitched because of a sore biceps, is scheduled to pitch on Sunday against the New York Yankees. Hyde said it will be difficult for Stewart to make the team out of spring training because of the time missed.
Brady Rodgers, who also hasn’t pitched because of a sore arm, threw a side session on Tuesday and is scheduled to throw another on Friday.
Tommy Milone was scratched from throwing a simulated game on Tuesday because of pain in his trapezius muscle.
Hyde is trying to keep starters John Means and Alex Cobb, who are scheduled to pitch in the first series of the regular season against the New York Yankees, away from them so they’ll throw side sessions on Friday. Means is scheduled to pitch on March 11 against Toronto.
What’s happened?- Wade LeBlanc allowed a run on three hits in three innings in the Orioles’ 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins before 2.922 at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on Wednesday. LeBlanc walked one and struck out four.
In two spring starts, LeBlanc, 35, has allowed a run on five hits in five innings with six strikeouts and a walk.
“I got the work in,” LeBlanc said. “I got the [pitch count] up, got the three ‘ups’ — that was the goal. Changeup is still a little behind everything else, which it typically is. That usually comes later in camp, so pleased with everything for the most part.”
Besides his two spring starts, LeBlanc has thrown a simulated game and probably has three starts remaining in the spring.
“Last couple of outings, you want to start putting things together, getting ready for the lights to come on,” LeBlanc said.
LeBlanc came to camp on a minor league contract and appears to be a favorite for a spot in the rotation.
“What you’re doing here is not necessarily trying to win a rotation spot,” LeBlanc said. “More so, trying to get ready for the season. If a rotation job comes with that, that’s just a bonus. For me to worry about that while I’m trying to get ready to do my job is shortsighted, I guess. You’re just trying to focus on the day-to-day and get ready for game No. 1.
“I’m not getting my brains beaten in. I’m not walking the house. Stuff feels OK. It feels like it’s trending in the right direction.”
Pat Valaika hit a two-run home run, his third of the spring.
What’s up with Mason Williams? He’s a 28-year-old outfielder competing for a reserve job. Williams, who signed a minor league contract before the season, played 11 games with the Orioles in 2019, hitting .267. His season ended when he injured a knee injury running into a wall while trying to make a catch at Oriole Park.
Williams was taken off the 40-man roster after the season but returned on a minor league deal.
“I signed back pretty quickly,” Williams said. “I just thought for things in my life right now, this is my best opportunity, the best situation for me. I just like being here. I was pretty fortunate last year to have a good time, have a good year, especially with the guys and the coaches and the friendships that I gained. I just thought it was a good fit for me this year as well.”
Williams didn’t get a hit in his only at-bat on Wednesday and is 5-for-17 (.294) this spring with one RBI.
What’s what? –Hall of Fame NFL coach Bill Parcells, who lives in Jupiter, spent time on the field talking with Hyde, coach Fredi Gonzalez, a former Marlins manager, and trainer Brian Ebel.
“I’m just a big sports fan and coaches’ fan,” Hyde said.
Hyde told Parcells how much enjoyed the ESPN special, “Bill and Bill,” on the relationship between Parcells and Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
“He came to my office, sat for about 30 minutes and talked about coaching,” Hyde said “I’m a big fan of coaches, and that’s one of the best of all time.
What’s the word? “We’re still evaluating and not even close to figuring out who’s going to be on the club, yet. It’s a long way to go.”-Hyde on roster decisions
What’s the number? 9. The Orioles drew nine walks but had only three hits Wednesday — Valiaka’s home run, a double by Richie Martin, and a single by Taylor Davis.
What’s the record? 7-5-1. The Orioles play the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium at 3.:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 105.7 The Fan.
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