O’s Today: Baez out of the running for starting spot

March 25, 2009 | Drew Forrester

The good news from today in Ft. Lauderdale: Danys Baez was informed he’s no longer a candidate for the team’s starting rotation.

The bad news:  Mark Hendrickson didn’t receive the same information.

We’re closing in on opening day and the O’s rotation is still very much up in the air, but at least Baez won’t be serving up gopher balls as a starter in April.

Hey…that’s a win if you ask me.

The rotation candidates apparently still being considered are:  Jeremy Guthrie (lock), Koji Uehara (lock), Adam Eaton (can’t believe it…but I’d say he’s a go), Brian Bass (why not?), Mark Hendrickson (*shakes head* while saying, “amazing that they’re going to try and look the fans in the eye if this guy starts”), Hayden Penn (out of options…should be given a 10-start trial — after all, “we’re not going to win anyway” and Rich Hill (yeah, you haven’t seen him pitch yet in spring training but why should that be an issue, we only gave up some Sharpies and towels to *pry him away* from the Cubs).

If Hill starts the season on the DL, my guess is that would almost force the team to use Hendrickson as a starter — he’d represent the only left-hander in the 5-man rotation.

Thank God the team has adopted the position: “We’re not going to win anyway…”

That’s hopefully going to help soften the blow, a little.

Have no fear, though, The Calvary is coming.  It might take another couple of years, but the young arms are on the way.