Just like that, the slow part of Spring Training is over. Gone already are the early mornings of workouts and light bullpens, and reuniting with teammates after a winter away.
The Orioles are set to open their Grapefruit League schedule Sunday against the Pirates, welcoming fans back at limited capacity to Ed Smith Stadium. With it comes the work of parsing down their camp roster from 72 to 26, and preparing in earnest for Opening Day.
With that in mind, let’s crack open the inbox to answer some of your pressing Orioles questions about how it’ll all shake out.
Will it be a mix of players at DH?
That’s what it’s looking like. There might not be a better place of opportunity in O’s camp for players who’ve fallen down the depth chart at their positions in recent years than DH. The O’s are going to use the slot flexibly, as a way to find at bats for DJ Stewart, Chance Sisco, Chris Davis and to spell Trey Mancini in the early going. It could be an avenue for spring at-bats for higher-level prospects like Yusniel Diaz, too, given the O’s crowded outfield situation. Specifically, I see it as the best route for Stewart to everyday playing time come the regular season.
Who’s the favorite to be the Opening Day closer?
This is a tricky question. Do you remember who earned the first save of each…