Orioles: Intrasquad update
Hayden Penn pitched three scoreless innings in spite of what appeared to be a blister or fingernail problem on his pitching hand, and came within a strike of retiring nine straight batters. No. 9 hitter Guillermo Rodriguez doubled over the head of Oscar Salazar in right field to spoil the perfect outing.
Penn started looking at something on his right hand during his second inning and conferred with trainer Richie Bancells and pitching coach Rick Kranitz after he came off the mound, but he still went out and pitched the third. He threw a total of 33 pitches, 24 of them for strikes.
The results were not so great for Danys Baez, who worked through three innings, but did not get three outs in either the second or third. The coaching staff cut both those innings short to keep him from running up his pitch count.
Baez, whose command was shaky in his exhibition debut, gave up a single to the first batter he faced and walked a batter in the first inning before recording a pair of strikeouts. He faced just three batters in the second, giving up a walk and a single. he also gave up a walk and a single in the third before the inning was suspended.
His velocity appears to be all right, but command clearly is an issue early in his attempt to win a place in the starting rotation. He threw 47 pitches and only 21 strikes, but it's way too early to draw any conclusions about a guy who hasn't pitched competitively for a year and a half.