Kam Mickolio left the Orioles before the end of the road trip to have his pitching arm examined by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens. Mickolio has been used sparingly in the last couple weeks due to arm fatigue, and the Orioles sent him home to make sure he’s OK.
“Mickolio will not be available for this series. He went back to Baltimore,” said Orioles manager Dave Trembley of his wayward reliever. “Right now, we’re just saying that he has some inflammation in the biceps area. He’ll rejoin us when we get back on Monday.”
Baltimore manager Dave Trembley didn’t mince words Monday when asked about the depth in his heavily beleaguered bullpen. Trembley was asked if he would have to consider a roster move to fresh up his relief staff, and he paused briefly before answering.
“I’ll probably have something for you after the game, I’d think,” he said.
The most likely option involved sending Matt Albers — one of the few relievers on staff with remaining options — to Triple-A Norfolk and recalling Kam Mickolio. Jim Miller could also get the call, but Trembley was complimentary of Mickolio after his last stint in the Majors.
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The Orioles trimmed their spring roster to 39 players Wednesday by reassigning five players to the Minor League in Sarasota and optioning three others to Triple-A Norfolk.
Injured veterans Brad Hennessey and John Parrish headlined the group heading to Sarasota, and they were joined by infielders Justin Turner and Donnie Murphy and outfielder Justin Christian. Kam Mickolio, Chris Waters and Bob McCrory were sent out to Norfolk.
The Orioles reached terms with several of their younger players on Thursday, most notably center fielder Adam Jones and right-handed starter Radhamez Liz. Jones will make $435,000 if he’s in the Majors and could earn a $25,000 bonus if he makes the All-Star team. Liz, meanwhile, signed a split contract worth $147,644 in the Minors and $402,500 in the Majors.
Baltimore also reached terms with relievers Kam Mickolio and Jim Miller on split contracts worth $65,000 in the Minor Leagues and $400,000 in the Majors.
Lou Montanez, who won the Triple Crown in the Double-A Eastern League last year, signed a split deal worth $76,188 in the Minors and $400,000 in the Majors. And finally, Wilfrido Perez signed a split contract worth $32,500 and $400,000 if he’s able to make the Majors.
The Orioles got George Sherrill through all of the day’s activities on Thursday, but Scott Chiasson remained home while suffering with a virus. Kam Mickolio also missed practice with a groin strain, but Baltimore has been fairly healthy thus far.
Jolbert Cabrera made it to Fort Lauderdale a little bit later than expected but will likely practice Friday. There is no update on the visa cases of Alfredo Simon and Felix Pie, but manager Dave Trembley hopes they’ll make it to camp without much further delay.
“I don’t know when he’s going to get here. I haven’t been told,” Trembley said of Pie. “We’ve got time. Let’s get him here as soon as he can. Let’s get him into the program. Let’s get him comfortable in his new surroundings and let’s get him acclimated to his new teammates and coaches. There’s really not a whole lot I can say or do about it until he gets here.”