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Baltimore Orioles Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Bourn (finger) was granted his release from the Orioles on Monday after he opted out of his minor league contract, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: This isn't too much of a surprise, as Bourn broke his finger early in spring training and hasn't seen any game action since. The 34-year-old's timetable was recently pushed back to late-April, so he decided to utilize his opt-out close as the Orioles were unlikely to carry him on its 40-man roster. There was a chance he would stay in the organization while rehabbing to see if there was an opportunity for him when he was healthy, but he ultimately decided to look elsewhere while he continues to recover.
News: Johnson was released by the Orioles on Monday, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Johnson was 18-for-67 with three homers and a 2:17 BB:K (.269/.310/.493) before being released by the Orioles. He played in 113 games with the Marlins last season, slashing .222/.281/.329 with five homers and 24 RBI. The 32-year-old will try to catch on as a reserve infielder somewhere else.
News: Sisco was reassigned to minor league camp Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.
Impact: Sisco had been seeing everyday starts during spring training in an effort to accelerate his development, but as expected, he'll be sent down to begin the year at Triple-A Norfolk. Last season, Sisco logged four games at Triple-A but spent most of the year at Double-A Bowie, where he hit .320 with 44 RBI and 33 extra-base hits across 112 appearances.
News: Santander (elbow) is expected to begin the season on the disabled list, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Impact: While Santander is making progress in his return from offseason shoulder surgery, he's yet to play the field this spring due to some lingering soreness in his elbow. Santander has been able to DH, but the team is prepared to give him some extra time to recover before bringing him back to game action.
News: Gausman will be the Orioles' Opening Day starter, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: As expected, Gausman will take the hill April 3 at home against the Blue Jays. It will be the first career Opening Day draw for Gausman, who started 30 games last season, posting a 3.61 ERA and 1.28 WHIP across 179.2 innings. Dylan Bundy will follow Gausman in the rotation and toe the rubber for Game 2 of the regular season.
News: Manager Buck Showalter said Monday that Gausman will start against Toronto.
Impact: The move to start the 26-year-old Gausman wasn't unexpected. Showalter had ruled right-hander Chris Tillman out of the opener when spring training began last month because of a sore right shoulder. Gausman, who was 9-12 with a 3.61 ERA last season, wasn't surprised by the announcement.