As intrasquad games continue in preparation for the first Spring Training game very shortly, it seems like we get more bad news out of Sarasota every day. First it was Chris Tillman, then it was J.J. Hardy, and now…ugh. Let’s hit the links.
As The Sun’s Eduardo Encina reports, Zach Britton was held out of the first two instrasquad games because he is showing signs of an oblique injury. Ah, the dreaded oblique. For now, it’s “purely precautionary,” and I’m just “purely panicking.” I’ll keep telling myself that it’s only February.
Roch Kubatko tells us that J.J. Hardy’s back started to act up on a 4.5-hour flight from his home in Arizona to Baltimore for FanFest. Hardy is the only Oriole older than me (by four days!), so let me tell you how great it is to hear that he’s having super old man issues like “I sat down for a few hours then couldn’t do anything for a week.” The thing about getting older is…it beats the alternative.
Alright, let’s hear some good news, huh? Eno Sarris of FanGraphs has 10 bold predictions for the 2017 season, and right off the bat at #1 he has one that O’s fans will love – Dylan Bundy will be the ace he was always supposed to be. If you know of Eno’s work, you’re well aware that pitching is his niche. He studies pitching most all day every day. This isn’t just some schlub blogger (like me!) making this prediction – it’s a pitching expert.
The O’s traded with the Yankees for recently DFA’d 30-year-old lefty reliever Richard Bleier, and designated Christian Walker for assignment to make room. If you’re interested in learning all about Mr. Bleier, click on over to Camden Chat, where Mark Brown has conjured 500 words out of nothing as only he can (and I hope he takes that as the compliment as which it’s meant, should he see this).
Jake & Scott bring Jabby Burns onto the show to talk O’s depth, WBC, and easing Jabby into the world of beer. In addition, the guys had a bit of a Twitter spat with Adam Jones over the weekend. It was very silly, but such is Twitter, and especially Adam on Twitter.