Dariel Alvarez, Christian Walker among Orioles minor leaguers to stay active in Fla.

September 01, 2014|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles, who over the last few years have proven that they don’t like to be unprepared, will hold a taxi-squad-type camp at their complex in Sarasota, Fla., starting Saturday.

The whole point is for players on the roster bubble -- guys who were on the fringes of being September call-ups but weren’t initially added to the team -- to stay active in case they are needed this month. Knowing the way the Orioles have done things in the past few seasons, it would be a surprise if at least one wasn’t recalled at some point before the regular season ends.

The Sarasota list includes outfielder Dariel Alvarez and first baseman Christian Walker, two of the organization's best hitting prospects, as well as outfielder Henry Urrutia and reliever Preston Guilmet, both of whom have played for the major league club within the last two seasons.

Others included in the camp are catchers Michael Ohlman and Brian Ward, infielder Buck Britton and pitchers Oliver Drake, Eddie Gamboa, Brock Huntzinger, Chris Jones, Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson.

Now that rosters have expanded, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he expects to call up at least one position player Tuesday after making several additions Monday. Infielder Steve Lombardozzi and outfielder Quentin Berry, who are not on the Sarasota list, are potential candidates to be called up Tuesday after Triple-A Norfolk’s season ends Monday.

Showalter also said reliever Ryan Webb will be called up, but he has been dealing with some shoulder soreness.

So long as a player was in the organization by Sunday night, he is eligible for the club's postseason roster.

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