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March 11, 2011

Orioles' spring cuts

Here is a list of the cuts made by the Orioles on Friday:

Pitchers Brandon Erbe, Chorye Spoone, Troy Patton and Pedro Viola were optioned to Triple-A Norfolk while pitcher Luis Lebron and infielder Pedro Florimon were optioned to Double-A Bowie.

The following four players, who were not on the 40-man roster, were re-assigned to minor league camp: pitchers Mitch Atkins and Raul Rivero, outfielder Tyler Henson and catchers Adam Donachie and Caleb Joseph.

In addition, pitchers Nick Bierbrodt and Mark Worrell will remain in minor league camp.

The club's spring roster is now at 46 players.

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Posted by Dan Connolly at 4:33 PM | | Comments (9)


Are you surprised that Troy Patton was cut so early ? Wasnt he a bullpen candidate ?


Jeff Z's reply: No. He had three stints with the O's last year and pitched in a grand total of one game. He logged all of two innings in Grapefruit league games this spring. I think it's pretty obvious that he's not high on the depth chart.

Again, great to be here! Sorry, I forgot my name before.

At some point people need to make Andy COMMUNICATE his logic for re-upping B-Rob and signing Lee.

I believe in earnest these moves were made to create a healthy bottom line rather than a winning on-field product.

Lee is breaking down and father time has already caught up with B-Rob.

The F.O. saw these deals as a chance to save money and make the fans think they were committed to winning.

They aren't.

Michael Young is available. Andy needs to be working those phones!

i am trying very hard to stay an O's fan. Camden chat is run by some young punks! Who have no idea about the tradition of the O's or where they come from! There are some of us in the rural areas of the world. We are not liberals like the folks out east. I was 10 years old when i became an oriole fan. Dave McNally was my idol! I was critized today about Brob and how the neck injuries and back injuries are related(the neck bones connected to the ect) It was interpreted as I am non- sensibe ect> Stacey is a 20+ punk liberal with no degree and a bad bed side manner. I still give Andrew some hope. I thought the O's were a brotherhood. Read my Camden chat. I was banned for having a sense of humour. I hope you know these , who I am speaking of as I feel Camden Chat should represent a Universal O's society. Yet I am banned. It is like getting kicked out of the church, so much love but no acceptance. Smuck love your posts and keep on keepin on

Hey; Brummie Oriole so called fan. I think if it's so hard to be an Oriole fan , maybe you shouldn't be . Why all the negativvism .The season hasn't even started . Who cares if you're a Oriole fan . They don't need a fan like you anyway . Go follow basketball . there playing now .
Thanks for letting me post .

Sorry I think I got the wrong reader . It should of beeb sent to Rick Reid

@Cereal Blogger,

I think because the competition is so tough for the BP that they would rather see Troy Patton start in AAA. I think that's the only reason why he was cut so early. I have friends in Houston and they still think this guy will be a very good pitcher.

I think any hope that VandenHurk had of making the team are all but gone.

Is Ryan Adams still up here as a possible fill in for B-Rob if needed?

Jeff Z's reply: Well, the club needs second baseman to play in remaining games, but it's fair to say that they want to give him a definite look. I don't think anybody's expectations are that he's going to make the club though.

Well, we all had a bad feeling about Brob making it through this season. Maybe he can get healthy for the 2nd half of the season. I'm still optimistic. If the pitching can be anywhere near what it was at the end of last season, and with the extra power we brought in we can at least be competitive. Maybe a few things bounce our way and you never know. It's better than starting out 32-100 or whatever it was!

@rick reid You say ownership is cheap and trying to trick us? We just gave Lee and Vlad 18 mil. I don't call that cheap. If you have better ideas for what they could have realistically done for this year then please let us hear them. Let's face the facts, the O's are limited in who they can bring in. We aren't NY, BOS or PHI. We have to grow talent and via trades and FA bring in who we can....which we did. I'd say compared to last year we have a much better lineup. I don't see how a true O's fan can complain about improvement??? Worry about next year just then... next year. There will be more trades and FA's to have. Just enjoy the year....I know I will!

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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