The Baltimore Orioles continue to sign veteran pitchers, but much to Orioles fans dismay, they keep signing pitchers that no one really cares about as they re-sign free agent pitchers Mark Hendrickson and Joel Pineiro.
Hendrickson, who has pitched with the Orioles for parts of three seasons, signed a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, and it is believed that he will be competing for a bullpen spot. Mark is now 38 years old, and honestly, this is just Dan Duquette and the Baltimore Orioles doing a guy a favor and giving him one last chance to prove he is still a big league pitcher. Hendrickson will not get one of the Orioles bullpen spots, and if he Baltimore decides to keep him around, he will be in AA or AAA until injuries justify him actually being called up to the big leagues. Hendrickson has a career record of 58-74 with a 5.03 ERA with a 1.46 WHIP.
Baltimore also agreed to terms with Joel Pineiro on a minor league deal with no invitation to Spring Training. Pineiro, who last pitched in the big leagues in 2011 with the Angels, but was on the verge of being called up to the Orioles last season before having to be shut down due to a SLAP tear in his shoulder. Pineiro, now 34, is hanging on by a thread to baseball, but is hoping that a clean bill of health will allow him to pitch a full season and prove he can still get hitters out. Last year, in five starts for the Orioles minor league system he went 1-0 with a 2.96 ERA in 24 1/3 innings pitched and a 0.82 WHIP. For his career, Pineiro has a 104-93 record with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.
Of these two guys, let me just say that neither are "breaking news" worthy, but Hendrickson will most likely dawn an Orioles uniform at some point in 2013 because of injuries and the fact that he has been there and done that, plus he is left handed. Pineiro, if he remains healthy and performs well, could possibly see a call up or two to Baltimore if the starting rotation is hurting and they do not want to waste an option on Dylan Bundy or Kevin Gausman.
Voluntary reporting date for pitchers and catchers is just a week away, and the 2013 season is right around the corner! Baltimore is excited and will actually have expectations heading into the year after their successful 2012 campaign.
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