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March 3, 2009

Orioles: Baez relieved

Orioles rotation candidate Danys Baez didn't pitch very well in today's intrasquad game, but he seemed pleased with the way he threw anyway, probably because he was pleased he could throw at all after coming up sore after his first exhibition start.

"The day after, it was sore...real, real sore,'' he said, "but by the time I threw my bullpen, it felt better and today it was 100 percent."

Guess we'll have to check with him to see if he still feels that way tomorrow.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 3:26 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Just baseball


Why am I not even mildly encouraged by this? I'm glad he has such a great head on his shoulders, but I highly doubt that he can be an effective part of a major league rotation.

The only way that Baez should 'seem relieved' is if he just came from the men's room. Who is in the highest state of denial, Baez, Kranitz, or Trembley? At this time, at least Baez needs to 'be relieved' of his duties!

What a truly horrible pitcher this guy is!! I can only hope that he continues to get WORSE this spring so that Trembley and Kranitz will stop trying to pretend that this guy is worth ANYTHING!!! What will it take?

You do realize that he is coming back from major surgery and hasn't pitched in a year and a half, right? What if it was Chris Ray who was struggling. Would you be as venomous with him? I doubt it. The O's owe him a lot of money (the contract was stupid the day it was signed), but that doesn't make him an evil bad guy. He's never even played for the Yankees as far as I know. Give him a break, let him work back into pitching shape, and we'll see what happens at the end of the month. I'm quite sure that Tremblay and Kranitz are already considering pitching staff options that do not include him, but there is no way that the O's are going to cut him the first week in March. That would be even stupider than the contract he was offered two years ago.

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