SARASOTA, Fla. – Minor league camp opened on Sunday at the Orioles’ minor league complex at Twin Lakes Park. Pitchers and catchers reported, and several of the minor league instructors left the Ed Smith Stadium complex to supervise the minor leaguers.
Position players will report on Thursday.
Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman will not join them—for now.
“As long as the innings are here and it benefits them to be here, they’ll stay here,” manager Buck Showalter said.
The team will probably make a few cuts shortly.
“I wouldn’t say [Bundy and Gausman] necessarily would be part of that going down there. There was some discussion of that.”
Showalter said that when Bundy and Gausman are sent down, they probably wouldn’t return as emergency players.
The Orioles have a split squad doubleheader on Mar. 17, and some extra players may stay around to play in those games.
“As long as it’s beneficial to them, there’s a fine line there about wanting to go too far,” Showalter said.
Bundy, who was scheduled to pitch for the third time, was held out with a slight groin spasm. He is due for biomechanical testing on Tuesday, and probably won’t pitch again until Thursday.
Gausman, who’s allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings, is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday in Dunedin against Toronto.
Tommy Hunter, T.J. McFarland and Brian Matusz will continue to throw starter’s innings for now, Showalter said. By the middle of the month, roles will become clearer.