SARASOTA, Fla. – At noon on Wednesday, spring training officially began for the Orioles.
It’s not anything dramatic. Players walked out to begin stretching and when they were done, groups of pitchers walked on to different fields and began fielding practice, fielding bunts and throwing them to first base.
Later, in groups of three pitchers began throwing to catchers with manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette watching.
Unlike last year, there wasn’t a noticeable murmur when Dylan Bundy took the mound to throw for about five minutes. When his session was concluded, Matt Wieters walked up to him and shook his hand.
Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, Tommy Hunter, Zach Britton and Steve Johnson also threw early as did Todd Redmond, who was assigned No. 78. Redmond was acquired by the Orioles on waivers from Cincinnati last Friday.
The most intriguing sight of the day was Adam Russell, listed at 6-foot-8 and 255 lbs. Russell, who seems well north of 255, threw from the side and with Mark Hendrickson attempting a comeback as a sidearmer could give the Orioles an interesting duo. Russell last pitched in the majors with Tampa Bay in 2011.