3/12/2014 4:46 P.M. ET
Despite strong spring, Huntzinger reassigned
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
SARASOTA, Fla.-- Orioles pitcher Brock Huntzinger was reassigned to Minor League camp prior to Wednesday's game after an impressive spring campaign.
The 25-year-old right-hander -- signed as a Minor League free agent this winter -- allowed one run on two hits over 3 2/3 spring innings. He struck out four and didn't issue a walk in the three outings.
"You look at the year he had last year, he had some kind of year between the two levels," manager Buck Showalter said of Huntzinger, who pitched to a 1.83 ERA in 49 outings between Double-A and Triple-A. "He wasn't in camp with Boston [last spring] but he came over 15, 20 times. He's only 25, you look at the history of him, he might be getting ready to step to another level.
"I was impressed with him. Aggressive, good presentation, he wasn't scared, Indiana high school kid. He's got a good grip on it."
Huntzinger came into spring in good shape after two stints in the Dominican Winter League, including 15 2/3 innings with the Estrellas, where he pitched to a 1.15 ERA. He returned shortly after Christmas and pitched in the postseason for Aguilas.
He is expected to be part of Triple-A Norfolk's bullpen and could be an option for the Orioles later this season.
Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez and infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. were also reassigned to Minor League camp.
Wieters dealing with slight ankle sprain
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was not in Wednesday's lineup and will be sidelined until at least Saturday with a slight right ankle sprain.
"Nothing too major," said Wieters, who suffered the injury rounding third base in Tuesday's game. "Regular season, you'd probably tough through it, but I'll take a couple days off it and get back to full strength and be ready to go in a few days."
Manager Buck Showalter agreed that Wieters could have played on Wednesday, but with a pair of back-to-back road games -- which the starter wouldn't travel to anyhow -- it's better to just give him some extended rest now. There are no plans for X-rays and Wieters, who had the area wrapped, said it just felt a little stiff when he woke up Wednesday morning.
"Just try to stay off my feet today and see how it is tomorrow," he said. "I might take some swings tomorrow if it feels up to it."
'Two minutes with ...' O's outfielder Steve Pearce
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The "Two minutes with …" spring series continues with Steve Pearce, who is competing for a bench spot. Pearce, who was with the Orioles for part of 2012, played in 44 games last season due to a nagging wrist injury.
Favorite food: Chicken pillows. My wife found the recipe on Pinterest. [It's like a dough-wrapped chicken puff.]
Favorite movie: 300.
Special talent: I'm good at ping pong. [Pearce beat reigning clubhouse champion J.J. Hardy this spring].
If I wasn't a baseball player I'd be… : A professional golfer.
Favorite offseason place: Our family has a river house right on the panhandle [of Florida]. It's a nice place to relax.
Prized possession: My phone. It's got pictures and numbers on it. If there was a fire and my family is safe, that would be something I would want to grab.
• Pitcher Suk-min Yoon will return to Orioles camp on Thursday and could make his Orioles debut on Saturday. Yoon has been in Canada working on securing his work visa.
• The Atlanta Braves signed Ervin Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million deal on Wednesday. The Orioles had some interest in the right-hander, offering him a contract worth $13 million.
• Nolan Reimold served at designated hitter Wednesday and will head to the Minor League complex starting Thursday to get extra at-bats.
• Registration is now open for Youth Baseball Day, presented by Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), to be held Sunday, March 23 at Ed Smith Stadium. All youth baseball teams that sign up will receive discounted tickets ($10 each) to the Orioles' 1:05 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and may participate in a pregame, on-field parade around the warning track. Players whose teams are not registering may still take part, but players must be in team uniform to participate in the parade. To inquire about registering, email email@example.com or call 941-893-6300. Registration deadline is March 17.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.