Elias on the roster, pitching, improvement, Matt Harvey and more

SARASOTA, Florida – The Orioles made no changes to their roster of 28 players as the noon deadline has passed to submit them. No waiver request or late transaction, at least so far.

The roster remains the same 14 pitchers and 14 position players for Friday’s opener against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Here it is again:

Pitchers (14)
Keegan Akin |
Bryan Baker
Michael Baumann
Felix Baptist
Paul Fray
Joey Krehbiel
Dean Kremer
Jorge Lopez
Jordan Lyles
John means
Cionel Perez
Dillon Tate
Tyler Wells
Bruce Zimmerman

Seekers (2)
Anthony Bemboom
Robinson Chirinos

Inner fields (7)
Kelvin Gutierrez
Trey Mancini
George Matthew
Ryan Mountcastle
Coarse odor
Chris Owings
Ramon Urias

Voltigeurs (5)
Austin Hays
Ryan McKenna
Cedric Mullins
Anthony Santander
DJ Steward

Eight players made their first career opening day: Akin, Baker, Baumann, Bautista, Bemboom, Gutiérrez, Krehbiel and McKenna.

The team is training at Tropicana Field after traveling to Tampa yesterday.

Executive Vice President/General Manager Mike Elias said on today’s video call that he expects those 28 players to remain on the Opening Day roster despite the freedom to make changes. waiver requests or exchanges.

“This crazy stuff is happening in baseball, but I have no indication that this roster is going to change until tomorrow’s game,” Elias said. “There are trades going on right now, it’s been a flurry over the last 24 hours. We’ve touched on that stuff like we always do, but nothing materialized. But it’s is definitely that time of year when the waiver thread gets a little interesting, and we’ll be keeping an eye on it.

Asked about decisions made with the pitching team and expectations, Elias said:

“We are facing concerns, obviously, with navigation at the start of the season. Every team is. April is going to be tough. John means and Jordan Lyles and these guys, they just got to the point of going into this four, five inning work quarter. We have also Tyler Wells in the rotation now, which looked great in the spring. We have high hopes for him as a long-term starting pitcher in the major leagues. But after a year of short relief, post-pandemic and rehab for Tommy John, it’s going to take a while to get his legs under him and stretch responsibly.

“And then we’ve got a slew of long men, loose starters who’ve carried the load for us up and down since Triple-A last year who haven’t really firmly established themselves as starting pitchers yet. major leagues, and we want to keep seeing these guys. All of that combined, we’ve kind of come up with a plan to put a bunch of long guys in our bullpen and then we’ll have guys on hand every day to pick up the starters, so we’re not asking for a starter to go too away in a game and jeopardize his long-term health over the course of the season.

Thumbnail image for Baumann-Throws-White-Debut-Sidebar.jpgBaumann won’t be the fifth starter, at least the first time in the rotation. He’s in the bullpen, with his use to be determined.

“He’s able to provide some length,” Elias said. “I don’t know if (manager Brandon Hyde) wants to get him into a shorter opportunity to win a game or something. It can happen, but he’s an option to provide length out of the pen and we’ll see. His spring stats were a little spotty, but seeing his arm action and speed return come out of the alternate site injury in 2020 was ultimately a big development for us.

“Time to go get him. He’s 26 1/2 or something and he’s ready to do it in the majors, and he’s very outspoken about it and we’re ready to give him the ball in the majors and see where it goes. . He may be someone who becomes a starter for us in the long run, but he’s also someone who has what it takes to be effective outside the bullpen.

The Orioles will try to avoid losing 100 or more games for the fourth straight full season. Living in the American League East brings the usual challenges, Elias said.

“We want to improve,” he said. “I think we’re getting more and more talented, hopefully we’ll get even more talented as the year goes on, and that should lead to wins. But baseball is baseball. Sometimes the improvement doesn’t happen in a linear fashion. We keep a broad perspective in mind in terms of carefully developing a playoff-caliber roster that will stay at the forefront, but this team is young and talented and the farming system underlying is young and talented, and anything can happen, so we will continue to work as smart as possible trying to improve the players and see where that leads.

“I think we have good hopes of making a step forward this year.”

Hyde is also in his fourth year of rebuilding, always stressing to his players the importance of winning regardless of their situation, which has become more difficult after reliever trades Tanner Scott and Cole Sulser to Miami.

“He’s been a terrific part of our organization and, in my mind, our front office,” Elias said. “It was a big project and it continues to be a big project. We need someone at the major league level who is pulling in the same direction as the rest of the organization, and we have a great working relationship from the minor league level all the way up to the major league level and across the front office and group partnership, and it’s not easy. We face 29 other teams. There’s a lot of things that come into play and Brandon is a big part of that, and I think the improvement we’ve seen organization-wide since he and I came here is down to his contributions to this organization.

Kyle Bradish pitched four mock innings today at Twin Lakes Park, and his next appearance will come with Triple-A Norfolk.

“We’re going to get him out of here shortly,” Elias said.

DL room also pitched today but will sit back longer after suffering an elbow injury last June that limited him to seven starts at Double-A Bowie.

“It’s a bit more of a medically tinged build-up, and also a lot more aware of where his innings total is going to land for him this year, and we’re trying to put ourselves in a position where we don’t have to close shot him artificially in September,” Elias said. “It will be a little longer, but he looks great and feels healthy, and it will be something similar where we get him to that mark of four, five innings and then take him out to a subsidiary Probably start him at a lower level than he would have otherwise just started out of the injury, which is typical practice.

Seeker Adley Rutschman continues to progress from strained triceps that ruined his chances of making the team. He trained again today in Sarasota.

Elias said Rutschman came to camp with “an inside track” to make the team before his injury, which came “at the worst possible time.”

“As soon as he sort of becomes a full version of himself again and we understand that his timing is back, I think he’s going to pick up where he left off, which was with a shot. very clear to have an impact on this. team,” Elias said. “It really stinks that it happened, but it could have been worse and he is fine. He was training here today and things continue to be on track, but we still have a few benchmarks to check before sending him into affiliate play.

The Orioles are set to sign Matt Harvey to a minor league contract. Harvey would show up to extended spring camp in Sarasota and rack up innings.

It remains to be determined whether Harvey faces a suspension for his testimony in the Eric Kay trial.

Harvey made the club last spring on another minor league deal, paying him $1 million, and went 6-14 with a 6.27 ERA and 1.543 WHIP in 28 starts spanning 127 2/3 innings. before the Orioles stopped him with an inflamed right knee – an injury he tried to get through in the second half.

“It’s true that we worked on a minor league deal with Matt,” Elias said. “Obviously it’s a very unique situation at the moment with everything he’s been involved in that has come to light over the winter. I think from our perspective he’s done a lot to help us last year. I know his stat line wasn’t the greatest, but the innings he pitched, the luck he got, and I think the most important thing for us, the pro and the teammate he was to help us through a very difficult season was something we wanted to get back, we feel like he could give us some depth and maybe he could help us.

“He was unlocking some things following an injury. Obviously he’s in the situation he’s in right now because of things off the pitch, but getting to know him last year, understanding his approach to what’s going on, our view is that it’s something that shouldn’t stop him from getting another chance in this organization, especially with the way he performed last year. So we’ll see where that leads.

To note: The Orioles traded a minor league trade, sending Triple-A shortstop Mason McCoy, 27, to the Mariners for cash considerations.

McCoy was a 2017 sixth-round pick from the University of Iowa who played 112 games with Norfolk last summer and hit .221/.288/.368 with 21 doubles, six triples, nine home runs and 43 points produced. Other intermediate players have passed him, and the trade could open a wider path to the majors. The glove is definitely impressive.

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