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Teagarden’s injury means
Showalter said he plans to have 13 hitters and 12 pitchers on his Opening Day roster. That means it looks like, if healthy, Nick Johnson will make the club as a bench player along with Ryan Flaherty, Paulino and
Johnson, by the way, also is not on the 40-man roster.
Showalter still is not naming his Opening Day starter or his closer yet. But it would be a surprise if
The best guess at the rotation order is Arrieta, Wei-Yin Chen,
Matusz pitches today against the
Showalter wouldn't say who would pitch Wednesday against Triple-A Norfolk, but the best guess is that it will be Matusz, setting him up as the fifth starter.
The club would prefer not to have Wada in the bullpen since he has started all his career. So if he isn't effective in his next start, it wouldn't be surprising if he started on the DL and pitched in extended spring.
In a perfect world, Showalter would like to have at least one long reliever but said there may be enough flexibility where that is not needed. If they go with a long man, the guess is it would be
In either of those scenarios, the Orioles would probably have just one lefty in the bullpen. The competition is between
Unless there is a trade or an injury, the bullpen locks should include Johnson,