Pitchers and catchers took part in the first day of workouts as the rest of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team arrive at Orioles spring training.
According to MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko, Dan Duquette confirmed Orioles will be in attendance to scout Lincecum at his showcase on Thursday.
The other teams reportedly attending the showcase are the Detriot Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, among others.
Lincecum, 33, made nine starts going 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in 2016 with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim before missing the entire 2017 season.
The southpaw is a two-time National League Cy Young in back-to-back years (2008, 2009), along with four consecutive All-Star selections from 2008-2011.
Since then, Lincecum’s production and effectiveness have been on a continued downward slope. In his last five seasons from 2012 through 2016, Lincecum has gone 41-48 with a 4.94 ERA in 654 innings pitched. However, Lincecum has to no-hitters in that time period in 2013 and the following season in 2014.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports Lincecum is “sporting a bulked-up physique” and was evident from a tweet in Dec. as the lefty was seen working out.
If Lincecum proves worthy of a spot in an MLB rotation, why not sign him? Right now, the Baltimore Orioles are a team with three vacant rotation spots, could use almost any kind of starting pitching at the moment.
Orioles Spring Training Notes and Highlights (Videos)
Valentine’s Day 2018 marked the first official day of workouts for Orioles’ pitchers and catchers.
Here’s what MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko reports from Day 1 of Orioles spring training in beautiful Sarasota:
With 35 pitchers in camp, the Orioles offered a heavy dose of bullpen sessions this afternoon on the first day of workouts.
The group consisted of Dylan Bundy, Jayson Aquino, Jhan Mariñez, Donnie Hart, Richard Bleier, Miguel Castro, Nestor Cortes Jr., Jeff Ferrell, Stefan Crichton, Jimmy Yacabonis, Eddie Gamboa, Jason Gurka, Hunter Harvey, Joely Rodríguez, David Hess and Pedro Araujo.
Even more, Kubatko reports that Jose Mesa will be in the mix of pitchers competing for a spot in the Orioles rotation. The report also states pitchers Mike Wright, Gabriel Ynoa, Miguel Castro, Hunter Harvey, and Nester Cortes Jr. are all in the mix for a rotation spot.
Below are the tweets, highlights, and reaction from Day 1 of camp:
The rest of the Baltimore Orioles roster is due to arrive at Ed Smith Stadium on Feb. 18 with full team workouts set for Feb. 19. According to reports, Orioles players already at camp include Mark Trumbo, Trey Mancini, Austin Hays, Richard Bleier, Adam Jones, Tim Beckham, among others.