Here’s manager Terry Collins, speaking Saturday with beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:
“There are no plans on seeing [Johan Santana] here except to possibly get some work in. If I don’t think he’s ready to pitch, I’m not gonna pitch him.
I’m really excited about his progress. I think it’s great that he’s feeling better. We may get more out of the fact that he goes through instructional leagues and builds his pitch count and arm strength.”
Santana, who underwent major shoulder surgery last September, allowed just one unearned run Friday in a three-inning rehab appearance at Low-A Savannah. He’s making progress, but not quickly enough.
The 32-year-old left-hander is under contract at a whopping $24 million in 2012 and $25.5 million in 2013.
The Orioles have re-signed infielder Pedro Alvarez to a minor league deal, per a report from Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports. The deal guarantees Alvarez $1 million if he makes the 40-man roster and another $2 million in potential performance bonuses. The team has yet to confirm the deal.
This will be Alvarez’s third year with the Orioles. After posting decent numbers in 2016, the 31-year-old was relegated to the minors for the majority of the 2017 season and saw only 14 games at the big league level. He finished the year with an underwhelming .239/.294/.442 batting line and 26 home runs through 595 plate appearances for Triple-A Norfolk.
Alvarez is expected to split his time between first base and DH this spring, and MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli notes that he’s unlikely to experiment with another outfield role. While he isn’t too far removed from his last productive season in the majors, the veteran infielder will function purely as insurance for first baseman Chris Davis and designated hitter Mark Trumbo and will likely begin the season in the minors.