News: Hardy's is suffering from a strain to a musclue under his shoulder blade, and could begin the season on the disabled list Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore reports.
Impact: Hardy underwent a MRA Monday, which likely revealed something the team didn't like. However, the results could be worse, as he's not expected to be out too long with the issue. Assuming all goes as expected, it's possible he'll be back about a week into the season.
News: The results of Hardy's shoulder tests should be available Monday afternoon, but he will not play in a game until Thursday at the earliest, the Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly reports.
Impact: He had an MRA (an investigatory shoulder procedure) on Monday and the team has still not announced the results. The hope is that he does not have a new injury (he previously had labrum surgery in 2004). Continue to monitor his status as we have yet to hear anything actionable.
News: Arencibia was reassigned to minor league camp Monday.
Impact: He had a cortisone injection due to a strained flexor mass Monday, so all in all, Arencibia has definitely had better days. The team believes he can avoid the minor league disabled list. While Matt Wieters (elbow) has had a setback in his recovery, the Orioles obviously prefer Caleb Joseph and Steve Clevenger to Arencibia at this point.
News: Manager Buck Showalter says the Orioles are looking to find a way to keep Verrett on the roster when the season begins, MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Verrett has been competing against a bevy of players in the bullpen, some of whom are out of options, as well as fellow Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia, but Verrett has been very impressive, allowing two runs on eight hits with 12 strikeouts and no walks in 12.1 innings. The Orioles have used him as a spring training closer and he converted two of three opportunities. Given that Verrett has Triple-A experience and Garcia would have to jump multiple levels, Verrett seems like he might have an edge over Garcia. Perhaps the Orioles will trade or release another member of the bullpen to be able to keep Verrett.
News: Orioles manager Buck Showalter says keeping Garcia on the roster remains a possibility, according to MASN Sports.
Impact: Garcia has allowed one run on six hits with six walks and nine strikeouts in seven innings this spring. He could end up being a high-strikeout, high-walk pitcher, but it seems like a stretch that the Orioles will find a way to keep him given the bullpen is full of players out of options. The Orioles have been creative in keeping Rule 5 players in the past, so it's possibile they'll find a way to keep Garcia.
News: McFarland got the win in Sunday's spring training game despite allowing an unearned run on five hits in two innings against the Blue Jays.
Impact: McFarland is destined for the Triple-A rotation once again. He has not been effective this spring, allowing eight earned runs on 19 hits with four walks in 11 innings. The Orioles have other starters that should be higher than McFarland on the depth chart, so a shot at the rotation this season seems very slim.
News: Jimenez held the Blue Jays to one run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in Sunday's Grapefruit League game.
Impact: Jimenez remains consistently inconsistent. He started spring training cold but appears to be finishing hot and appears headed for a rotation spot. Jimenez should be slotted in the latter part of the rotation. He has now walked seven in 22.1 innings this spring, including just one in his last two starts combined.
News: Gonzalez went 5.2 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts in Sunday's spring training game.
Impact: Gonzalez got up to 84 pitches and he will throw more than 90 pitches in his final start later this week. The exact spot Gonzalez will slot in the rotation is still unknown, but he will be somewhere in the final three spots.
News: Borbon could be in Baltimore's plans this season if anything should keep Adam Jones out for an extended period of time, according to MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Borbon went 4-for-9 in a brief look in the Grapefruit League before being reassigned to minor league camp. He's a better defender at center than Alejandro De Aza and Everth Cabrera, the latter of whom is new to the position. Borbon spent all of 2014 at Triple-A and did not receive a September promotion. He is not on the 40-man roster, so it would probably take moving Adam Jones to the 60-day disabled list for Borbon to get consideration. Jones has proven to be durable over his career, so Borbon's chances of seeing action with the Orioles this season remain slim.
News: Alvarez was reassigned to minor league camp after Sunday's game, MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a home run Sunday to finish spring training slashing .343/.395/.600 in 35 at-bats with just three strikeouts. The Orioles have difficult decisions to make in the outfield before finalizing the roster and Alvarez was part of that logjam. However, there is a very good chance he'll get an opportunity to play in the majors this season, with a September call-up being the most conservative estimate.
News: Roe was reassigned to minor league camp Sunday.
Impact: Roe entered camp on the outside looking in as far as a roster spot goes, and his chances have now been eliminated. The reliever will now provide the Orioles with organizational depth for the bullpen.
News: Lough could begin the season on the disabled list due to hamstring and back issues, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: If Lough is unavailable to begin the season, Alejandro De Aza or Everth Cabrera would likely slot in as the backup center fielder behind Adam Jones. Lough remains a question mark in terms of the 25-man roster when he returns from his injury, but the issue doesn't do him any favors in that regard.