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Mancini, Rickard make O's roster; Miley to DL

Wilson, Nuno earn relief roles, while Gentry likely to land spot on bench
March 30, 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles' roster is starting to take shape, as manager Buck Showalter announced following Thursday's spring-ending 7-3 loss to the Tigers that left-hander Wade Miley will go on the disabled list and both outfielders Trey Mancini and Joey Rickard have made the team.Starter Chris Tillman will also

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles' roster is starting to take shape, as manager Buck Showalter announced following Thursday's spring-ending 7-3 loss to the Tigers that left-hander Wade Miley will go on the disabled list and both outfielders Trey Mancini and Joey Rickard have made the team.
Starter Chris Tillman will also open the season on the DL. Miley missed two starts with illness, and the club would prefer to get him one more exhibition outing before he starts the fifth game of the regular season on April 9. Given the O's extra off-days, they can bring back Opening Day starter Kevin Gausman for the fourth game of the season, and Ubaldo Jimenez for the third.
Tyler Wilson and Vidal Nuno will get the final two bullpen spots, as the O's are set up to begin the season with eight relievers and three starters.
Outfielder Craig Gentry is also likely to make the team, though Baltimore will need a 40-man roster spot for him and will have to wait and see if Rule 5 Draft pick Aneury Tavarez clears waivers. The O's other Rule 5 pick, Anthony Santander, will start the season on the DL.

Learning the outfield, Pedro Alvarez has been told he'll be at Triple-A to start the season, as will utilityman Paul Janish. Robert Andino and Chris Dickerson will also be with Norfolk on Opening Day, along with reliever Logan Verrett and infielder Johnny Giavotella.

At this point, the club would prefer to have Jayson Aquino and Gabriel Ynoa as part of the rotation at Triple-A, as well as options for Baltimore's fifth-starter spot, rather than in the O's bullpen.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.