Spring Training Update: March 15th

The Orioles made their first spring training cuts today. RHP Brandon Erbe and LHP Troy Patton were optioned to AAA Norfolk, RHP Luis Lebron and RHP Chorye Spoone were optioned to AA Bowie, and RHP Armando Gabino, LHP Chris George, and LHP Mike Hinckley were assigned to minor league camp. The first four names on that list are guys to keep an eye on while the other three are just minor league filler.

In injury news, 2B Brian Roberts has yet to play so far this spring and recently traveled to Baltimore to see a back specialist for his herniated disk in his lower back. He keeps saying he’ll be ready for opening day but its a little worrisome when the catalyst to your lineup and only real option at second base is having back problems. OF Felix Pie has missed some time with a shoulder injury from lifting weights. Its considered minor and he should be back in the lineup sometime this week. LHP Mike Gonzalez left the B squad game yesterday after experiencing some tightness in his back. Dave Trembley says its no big deal and he’ll be back out there soon. RHP Brad Bergesen has progressed nicely from his shoulder injury while shooting a commercial and has started two games so far. C Michel Hernandez fractured his arm and will miss 4-6 weeks. That leaves Chad Moeller and Craig Tatum to fight over the back up catcher spot.

Players having a good spring so far: Nick Markakis, Rhyne Hughes, Justin Turner, Robert Andino, Luke Scott, Miguel Abreu, Jonathan Tucker, Garrett Atkins, Ty Wiggington, Brian Matusz, Jason Berken, Matt Albers, Cla Meredith, Koji Uehara, Will Ohman, and Chris Tillman.

Players having a bad spring so far: Miguel Tejada, Cesar Izturis, Matt Wieters, Nolan Reimold, Blake Davis, Matt Angle, Scott Moore, Kevin Millwood, Jim Johnson, Brandon Erbe, Mike Hinckley, and Brad Bergesen.

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