Some potentially good news from Blue Jays camp, where left-hander Brett Cecil is expected to resume throwing Tuesday after previously being shut down with shoulder soreness last week.
Pitching coach Pete Walker told Ben Nicholson-Smith of Toronto Sportsnet that Cecil “feels good” and the Blue Jays believe he was merely suffering from some minor rotator cuff inflammation.
Barring a late addition to the Blue Jays’ bullpen Cecil is in line to begin the season in the closer role after back-to-back fantastic years as a setup men in which he threw a combined 114 innings with a 2.76 ERA and 146 strikeouts.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.