The first exhibition lineup posted Sunday morning by Orioles manager Brandon Hyde will include Trey Mancini at first base.
The comeback has reached another important stage.
Mancini missed the entire 2020 season after undergoing surgery and chemotherapy treatments for Stage 3 colon cancer. His final at-bats came on March 2 before he left the team. He went 4-for-14 with two RBIs in five games.
“I’m going to play him at first, DH him some, especially the first couple weeks,” Hyde said. “I talk to him every single day, see how he’s doing every day. We’re just going to continue to communicate and I’ll have him in there every other day for a while, whether it be at first base or DH, and we’ll see how he feels. We’ll crank up the playing time if he feels well the last couple weeks.”
Hyde will keep Mancini away from the outfield until perhaps later in camp.
“Definitely not at the beginning,” Hyde said. “I want to play him as much at first base as possible.”
Thomas Eshelman is starting against the Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium. The available relievers include Fernando Abad, Eric Hanhold, Josh Rogers, Isaac Mattson, Marcos Diplán and Conner Greene.
“And then possibly some others,” Hyde said.
The game will run nine innings, but others likely will be shorter. The managers must agree upon it.
Playing between five and seven innings will force Hyde…