3/24/2014 5:54 P.M. ET
Bundy, Johan develop competitive relationship
By Adam Berry / MLB.com
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Two rehabbing Orioles pitchers have developed somewhat of a competitive relationship as they work their way back to game action.
Right-hander Dylan Bundy (elbow) and lefty Johan Santana (shoulder) are coming along at a similar pace, according to Baltimore manager Buck Showalter, and both seem to be progressing well.
Both pitchers got their work in Monday, with Santana throwing his bullpen session from a half mound and Bundy throwing from a flat mound. Showalter said Santana's side session went "real well" and that the veteran lefty's progress as he recovers from two shoulder surgeries in 31 months has been "encouraging."
Bundy, meanwhile, was lobbying to catch up to Santana and throw off a higher mound. The young right-hander, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and is the club's top prospect, will throw from the flat mound at least one more time before stepping on the half mound.
Almanzar to have MRI on swollen left knee
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles infielder Michael Almanzar was scheduled to undergo an MRI on his swollen left knee on Monday, manager Buck Showalter said.
The Orioles picked Almanzar, who hurt his left knee at first base during Saturday's game against the Rays, in the Rule 5 Draft this offseason and therefore have to keep him on their Major League roster all year, offer him back to the Red Sox or find a way to work out a deal with Boston to keep him in their organization. Showalter said the Orioles would like to find a way to hold on to Almanzar.
"We'd like to figure out a way to keep Michael, but it may not work out," Showalter said.
Almanzar, 23, has hit .200/.275/.371 with a homer and nine RBIs in 40 plate appearances this spring. The one thing Showalter said the Orioles won't do with Almanzar, who is ranked the Orioles' No. 18 prospect, is try to take advantage of the system and stash him in their system until next year through an extended stint on the disabled list.
"Only if it needs it," Showalter said. "We will not do that. If he's hurt, he'll be on the DL. If he's not, we'll deal with it."
• Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen pitched three innings in a Triple-A game on the back fields at Ed Smith Stadium on Monday and then threw several more innings in a simulated game in an indoor batting cage after the Minor League game was rained out.
• The Orioles likely won't have any major roster cuts until after Wednesday's split-squad games against the Red Sox and Rays.
• Showalter said he heard that two pitchers in the Orioles' Minor League camp, Juan Morillo and Williams Louico, are throwing fastballs of 100 mph or more.
• The Orioles will host the fourth annual All Faiths Food Drive on Thursday to help people in need in the Sarasota area. Fans who attend Thursday's 7:05 p.m. ET game against the Rays at Ed Smith Stadium are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations to benefit the All Faiths Food Bank.