The Orioles made a couple of surprising moves on Friday, and one that was expected. They sent Keegan Akin, who was expected to be in the starting rotation, to Norfolk, re-signed Wade LeBlanc, who was given his release on Thursday, and put Chris Davis, who has been out since February 28th, on the 60-day injured list.
Akin entered spring training with an excellent chance to make the Orioles’ starting rotation after making his major league debut last season. But he allowed six runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings against Pittsburgh on Thursday night and had a spring training ERA of 10.00.
While the Orioles optioned the left-hander, who will be 26 on April 1st, they brought back the left-handed LeBlanc, who opted out of his minor league contract on Thursday and was given his release. LeBlanc, 36, signed a contract that will pay him $700,000 if he’s in the majors, according to Bob Nightengale, of USA Today.
To make room for LeBlanc on the 40-man roster, the Orioles placed Davis on the 60-day injured list because of a lower back injury.
The Orioles also sent infielders Jahmai Jones and Richie Martin to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigned left-handed pitcher Fernando Abad and infielder/outfielder Chris Shaw to the Twin Lakes camp.
The Orioles reduced their training camp roster to 36.