Just before their unofficial end to spring training here in Sarasota, the Orioles made two roster moves to trim their active roster to 27 players.
The club reassigned nonroster right-handed pitcher Pat Neshek to minor league camp and outrighted outfielder Jai Miller to Triple-A Norfolk after he officially cleared waivers.
Earlier in the day, right-handed pitcher Alfredo Simon was claimed off waivers by the Reds.
That puts the Orioles' official roster at 28, but catcher Taylor Teagarden (back) will be placed on the 15-day DL before the season begins.
It leaves four pitchers -- left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, right-hander Darren O' Day, left-hander Zach Phillips and left-hander Troy Patton -- competing for the two remaining spots. Those moves could come later today.
It's possible that Wada, who signed a two-year, $8.14 million contract in December, stays in Sarasota for extended spring training. He was bothered my elbow discomfort early in camp and made just two Grapefruit League appearances.
If that's the case, the Orioles must decide whether they want two lefties -- Patton and Phillips -- in the bullpen or opt for one and keep the side-arm-throwing O'Day. Phillips and O'Day both have options remaining, but Patton doesn't.
Losing Simon and outrighting Miller opens two 40-man roster spots, which will likely go to first baseman-designated hitter Nick Johnson and catcher Ronny Paulino.
Neshek showed he's recovering well from 2008 Tommy John surgery, throwing nine shutout innings with eight strikeouts and zero walks.
Miller, acquired in a trade in the offseason, was one of the spring's early success stories, but he struggled through the second half of camp and ended the spring with 20 strikeouts in 43 spring at bats.
Also, the Orioles dropped a 2-1 decision to State College of Florida, but the Orioles provided pitching for both teams, with Wada going five innings and throwing 75 pitches while pitching against Orioles batters, He allowed five hits and just one run, a solo homer by J.J. Hardy.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times