The Orioles continued to finalize their Opening Day roster, which doesn’t have to be submitted until Thursday morning.
Manager Brandon Hyde said that right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins will be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, and that right-handers Cole Sulser and Dillon Tate would be on the 26-man roster for Thursday’s opener in Boston at Fenway Park.
Lakins had an 8.59 ERA in six games this spring. The move was necessary after the Orioles chose to keep Rule 5 right-handers Mac Sceroler and Tyler Wells.
“Travis had an up-and-down spring training,” Hyde said. “I thought he did a nice job for us last year. I think our pitching is going to be in flux all year, and we’re going to need as many arms as possible, and Travis is going to go down to Triple-A.”
In 2020, Lakins was 3-2 with a 2.81 ERA in 22 games.
“It doesn’t mean he’s not going to be with us soon [or] not be with us for the rest of the year,” Hyde said. “He’s not going to be on the roster to start the season, but I would expect him to be with us really son.”
Hyde also said that it was “more than likely” that outfielder DJ Stewart, who hurt his right hamstring, would begin the season on the 10-day injured list.
Third baseman Maikel Franco, who signed a one-year contract on March 20th, and outfielder Anthony Santander, who has been hampered by an oblique injury, were both set to be on the roster.
There will likely be another move involving a pitcher when the roster is finalized Thursday morning.