Dave Trembley didn’t even need much of a question to speak at length about his starting rotation on Thursday. Baltimore’s manager felt the need to clarify some of the comments he made Wednesday in an attempt to head future questions off at the pass.
“I’m not in a position to name who the five starters are and I won’t be in a position to name who the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 are until later in camp,” he said. “I won’t be in a position until later in camp — right down to the end — to name if I’m going with 12 or 13 pitchers. I just want to say that with all due respect to everyone because I don’t have answers right now. …We’re still in the phase of giving guys opportunities to pitch.”
Trembley wanted to see Alfredo Simon and Hayden Penn on Thursday, and he got positive signs from at least one of them. Simon threw four scoreless innings against Washington, and Penn was scheduled to throw one inning in relief later in the day. Penn will take the ball again as a starter later in the week, giving the Orioles more chance to evaluate him.