The Orioles announced 44 members of their 60-player pool Sunday afternoon, issuing another step toward a return to play for both the team and Major League Baseball.
The 44-player list includes 18 right-handed pitchers, eight left-handed pitchers, four catchers, 10 infielders and four outfielders. The Orioles also announced that Trey Mancini was placed on the 60-day Injured List, leaving the 40-man roster at 38 players. Mancini is currently undergoing cancer treatment.
While the league required that the Orioles submit a list by the 4 p.m. deadline Sunday, there will still be additional players added to the list in the coming days, according to the Orioles.
Baltimore added 13 players to the pool that were non-roster invitees.
Of the 60 players allowed in the pool, teams aren't allowed to exceed that number during training or the regular season. Players can be moved off and on the list, however, leaving room for the Orioles to bring up prospects at the end of camp or the regular season. If a player is removed from the 60-man pool, however, he cannot rejoin that particular team's pool.
A few notable players left off the Orioles' 60-player pool are infielder/outfielder Ryan Mountcastle, catcher Adley Rutschman, outfielder Yusniel Diaz and pitcher Keegan Akin. It's likely, however, that the team will add prospects to continue their on-field work and development.
MLB rules stipulate that the opening roster will consist of up to 30 players to start the season. Two weeks later, the number will drop to 28. Two weeks after that, it will drop to 26 with a 27th player eligible for doubleheaders.
The trade deadline will be on Aug. 31, and only players in the 60-man pool are eligible to be traded. If the Orioles will continue to be sellers, and buyers of prospects, they'll have to do so with players on 60-man rosters across the league.
The Orioles' first game of the regular season will happen on either July 23 or 24, with training beginning on July 1.
Orioles 44-man pool:
Pitchers: RHP Shawn Armstrong, LHP Ty Blach, LHP Richard Bleier, RHP Cody Carroll, RHP Miguel Castro, RHP Alex Cobb, RHP Thomas Eshelman, LHP Paul Fry, RHP Mychal Givens, RHP Eric Hanhold, RHP Hunter Harvey, RHP David Hess, RHP Branden Kline, LHP Wade LeBlanc, RHP Travis Lakins, Sr., LHP John Means, LHP Tommy Milone, LHP Tanner Scott, RHP Chandler Shepherd, RHP Kohl Stewart, RHP Cole Sulser, RHP Dillon Tate, RHP Cesar Valdez, RHP Hector Velázquez, RHP Asher Wojciechowski, LHP Rob Zastryzny
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Orioles announce 44 of 60 players in initial 60-man player pool originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington