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Orioles invite 32 players to camp; Kjerstad slowed by myocarditis

Heston Kjerstad
Photo Credit: Rich Dubroff

The delayed start of the minor league seasons have resulted in the Orioles inviting 32 players who aren’t on the major league roster to spring training, which begins February 17th in Sarasota, Florida.

Ten players are listed as non-roster invitees and 22 are on the new camp reserve list.

On the non-roster list are: left-handed pitchers Fernando Abad and WadeLeBlanc; right-handers Marcos Diplán, Thomas Eshelman, Conner Greene and Félix Hernández; catchers Nick Ciuffo, Taylor Davis and Austin Wynns; and infielder Stevie Wilkerson.

Camp reserve pitchers and catchers will report along with the rest of the pitchers and catchers on Wednesday.

Those scheduled to report are: Right-handers Cody Carroll, Jay Flaa, Eric Hanhold, Mickey Jannis, Dusten Knight, Evan Phillips, Konner Wade and Spenser Watkins; left-handers Zach Mucknhirn and Josh Rogers; catchers Brett Cumberland and Adley Rutschman; infielders Adam Hall, Gunnar Henderson, Mason McCoy, Seth Mejias-Brean, Ryan Ripken, Terrin Vavra and Jordan Westburg; and outfielders Heston Kjerstad and Chris Shaw.

Orioles executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias said that Kjerstad, the team’s top draft choice and the second overall last June, who did not appear at October’s Instructional League, had been suffering from myocarditis, which is an inflammation of the heart muscle.

“He’s doing really well, and we’re going to have him at the camp,” Elias said. “But we’re still emerging from the timeline of that. It’s a bit of a lengthy recovery timeline. There are also risk factors associated with the ongoing pandemic that we’ve had to be very mindful and careful about with that as well. He won’t be there immediately.”

Elias said Kjerstad would talk about the issue after his arrival in Sarasota. He also said that issues with players coming from abroad could delay arrivals as well.

The Orioles are limited to 75 players, so three openings remain.

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. dlgruber1

    February 12, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    So after reading this piece I went to google and checked on Myocarditis:
    “Myocarditis is usually caused by a viral infection. A severe case can weaken the heart, which can lead to heart failure, abnormal heartbeat, and sudden death.” That’s not comforting.

  2. BirdsCaps

    February 13, 2021 at 12:29 am

    So first it was lundqvist for the caps and now it’s kjerstad for the orioles. At least Kjerstads issue isn’t super serious.

  3. CalsPals

    February 13, 2021 at 7:41 am

    It sounds serious, anything with the heart is usually serious, best to the youngen during these crazy times…go O’s…

  4. Orial

    February 13, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Disturbing news about Kjerstad. Wish him well. That being said Rene Martin is now poised to hit .300 in 2022(ROY).

  5. Orial

    February 13, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Sorry–that was AUSTIN Martin not RENE Martin.

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