Hendrickson goes to Norfolk; Duchscherer shut down for a day
Veteran left-hander Mark Hendrickson, who was outrighted to minor-league camp on Monday and spent two days considering his options, has decided to accept the assignment with Triple-A Norfolk.
Hendrickson, 36, was 1-6 with a 5.26 ERA in 52 games with the Orioles last year. He had a 3.86 ERA in 9 1/3 innings this spring, but lost the long-relief battle to Jason Berken and Josh Rupe.
Hendrickson, who lives in York, Pa. year round, wanted to stay in the area, but first checked out the possibility of signing with another team this week.
It’s possible he could also pitch at Double-A Bowie, because it is closer to his family.
“We’re happy to have him back,” said Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.
In other Orioles news, right-hander Justin Duchscherer, who pitched just two innings this spring and already has been placed on the disabled list with left hip soreness, has suffered a mild setback while throwing Wednesday.
Duchscherer, who threw two simulated innings on Tuesday, was loosening up on Wednesday when the back pain started. He has been shut down from baseball activities for a day and will visit a chiropractor today.
“We’ll give him 24 hours and see where it goes,” MacPhail said.
MacPhail also said the Orioles have submitted their 25-man roster to the commissioner’s office and he does not anticipate any changes.