The Orioles trimmed their camp roster by four players following Monday's game against the Phillies. With three weeks left until Opening Day, we're not yet to the point where they have to make the tough decisions, so none of the moves are surprising and none of them resolve any of the big questions of who will make the team.
Top pitching prospects Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey, who both looked a little wild in their action against Philadelphia on Monday, were both sent out. They probably would have been sent out regardless of how they pitched today. As camp moves on, more playing time must go to the regulars and those who are in serious competition to make the team, so players who you already know won't be making the roster are the ones who are moved to minor league camp.
For Bundy, it's an option to Double-A Bowie. Harvey, as a non-roster invitee, just gets reassigned to minor league camp. First baseman Christian Walker was also optioned. He'll be heading to Triple-A Norfolk.
One of the cuts was not sent to minor league camp and was instead just released. The Orioles cut ties with 40-year-old Mark Hendrickson, who would have faced an uphill battle to make the team even if he was pitching well, which he wasn't. Orioles reporters have said that the O's would like to offer Hendrickson some kind of coaching role in the organization if he decides to retire.
Before Monday's game, the O's were expected to make five cuts. Plans change. These roster moves leave the Orioles with 45 players still in camp, including nine who are non-roster invitees.