The Orioles have officially sent Zach Britton, Brendan Harris, and Craig Tatum down to the minor leagues, though it may not be long before you see any one of them back up in Baltimore.
In Matt Wieters the Orioles already have their starting catcher for the next 5 years, but also have what looks to be their backup catcher in Caleb Joseph. The Libscomb University product was drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 MLB draft and signed for $125,000.
Top prospect Zach Britton allowed one run in five innings while Fox, Scott, and Hardy homer to put the O’s in the win column.
With Justin Duchscherer headed for an MRI on his hip, it’s looking more and more likely that he’ll open 2011 on the disabled list. Many have labeled Britton as the front runner to take over for Duchscherer. Here are five reasons why Britton shouldn’t get the nod over Chris Tillman.
In the first of two games today, the Orioles battled with the Red Sox on the road, eventually losing on a walkoff single by Yamaico Navarro.
Chris Tillman started the game for the Birds, and let up one run in two innings; a Ryan Howard RBI double in the 1st. Top prospect Zach Britton made his spring debut following Tillman, throwing two innings of shutout baseball (2 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 33 pitches, 18 strikes).
Notes on Justin Duchscherer’s hip injury, Derrek Lee’s bullpen session, Brian Roberts‘ neck, Cesar Izturis’ transition to a utility infielder and more.
Matt Wieters discusses his preparation for the 2011 season, what he can learn from Vladimir Guerrero and Derrek Lee, how he maintains being a switch hitter and more.
Guest writer Dave Gershman of Beyond the Box Score provides plenty of reasons for optimism heading into the 2011 season. Dave details some of the potential you may or may not see from your 2011 Orioles.