By Rich Dubroff
SARASOTA, Fla. — With the Baltimore Orioles’ Grapefruit League schedule complete, and the March 29 opener against the Minnesota Twins just three days away, here are five takeaways from Orioles spring training.
1. The starting staff is far better than projected when spring training began.
When spring training began, only right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman were considered locks to open the season in the Orioles’ starting rotation. But things changed quickly when the team added two more righties, Andrew Cashner and Chris Tillman, and things changed even more when the team signed right-hander Alex CobbMarch 21.
Right-handers Miguel Castro and Mike Wright and left-hander Nestor Cortes were being looked at as possible starters before Cashner, Cobb and Tillman signed. Instead, the three will go to the bullpen, though Castro or Wright will get a start or two until Cobb is ready to pitch.
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