O's reassign five, option three to Minors
Spring camp now down to 39 players; roster competition continues
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Orioles trimmed their camp roster to 39 players Wednesday when they elected to reassign five players to their Minor League camp and option three others to Triple-A Norfolk.
The Orioles also reassigned outfielder Justin Christian and infielders Justin Turner and Donnie Murphy to their Minor League camp. Turner, who was acquired from Cincinnati in the offseason trade for Ramon Hernandez, hit .342 with three home runs and 10 RBIs this spring and firmly placed himself in the team's future plans.
Baltimore is still expected to make a few decisions at the margins that could affect the roster. The Orioles have five potential starters competing for three rotation vacancies and a possible opening at the end of their bullpen. Baltimore also has two veterans -- Chris Gomez and Jolbert Cabrera -- competing for a possible utility slot.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.