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2017 Orioles Spring Training Preview: Injury Report

February 15, 2017
See Also:  Position Battles  |  Projected 25-Man Roster  |  Who Comes Next?  

The Orioles were a healthy bunch last season. They have five players who played in at least 150 games: Chris Davis, Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo.

Davis probably should have taken some time off to heal his injured left hand, but he played on. Jones had several injuries, but Machado, Schoop and Trumbo were fairly healthy. Schoop played in all 162 games. That probably won't happen again.

Hardy broke his left foot when he fouled a ball off it and missed seven weeks. He said he was in the best shape since high school. At 34, Hardy would like to try and accrue 600 plate appearances, which would trigger his $14 million option for 2018, as long as he passes a season-ending physical. He hasn't had 600 plate appearances since 2013.

Joey Rickard didn't play after July 20, 2016 due to ligament damage to his right thumb. He's checked out well and even played some basketball with vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson during the winter.

There are few injury questions about the starters. Chris Tillman spent three weeks on the disabled list in August and September with a right-shoulder injury, but he seems to be fine.

A year ago, the Orioles were concerned about how Dylan Bundy would stand up to his first big league season. After carefully spaced out relief appearances, Bundy started in the second half of the season and did well. The 2017 plan is for Bundy to pitch many more innings.

Darren O'Day missed more than half of last season with injuries to his groin and right shoulder, but he goes into this year much healthier.

O'Day's first extended absence allowed Brad Brach to shine and make the All-Star team, but he struggled during the second half of the season.

Outfielder Anthony Santander, a Rule 5 pick, had shoulder surgery after last season and could be a candidate to start on the disabled list.

Issue 230: February 2017