Believe it or not, the Baltimore Orioles have been at spring training for a week already, and thus far, everything has gone well in regards to injuries and other such news. Yesterday, Luis Ayala finally made his decision regarding the World Baseball Classic and Manny Machado missed practice.
Ayala, who seemed to be going back and forth in regards to whether or not to pitch for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, finally made his decision yesterday that he will pass on the invitation to pitch for Mexico and will remain in Orioles camp. Ayala, who was a big part of the fantastic Orioles bullpen last year, has had a very busy offseason. He pitched for Obregon in the Mexican winter league; manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Rick Adair are happy to know that Ayala will remain in camp so they can monitor his workload in order to keep him fresh for the season.
Our Twitter account blew up yesterday with questions surrounding Machado's absence at Oriole workouts yesterday, and don't worry Oriole fans because Machado is physically fine. Machado had to undergo additional procedures as part of his physical yesterday, which is the only reason he had to miss the workouts. Machado is expected to be back in camp today.
In other news, Tsuyoshi Wada threw 20 pitches off of a half mound yesterday as part of his rehab from Tommy John surgery last May. Wada stated that if all goes well and feels right, he will repeat the workout on Wednesday and Friday. Although he is not throwing with 100% effort, he did estimate that he threw at about 70-80% effort on Monday. As long as this week goes as planned, Wada will throw off of a regular mound on Monday. His progress is promising, but he is not expected to be available for the Orioles till at least late May or early June.
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