Among the most significant questions facing the Orioles’ rotation as the 2023 season nears is how many innings they’ll get out of arguably their most talented pitchers. The team itself is without an answer less than a month until pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota, Florida, for spring training.
During a segment with 105.7 The Fan on Friday, executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said Baltimore won’t have defined innings limits for pitchers John Means, Grayson Rodriguez, DL Hall and Tyler Wells. All but Means, recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, are candidates to be in the season-opening rotation.
“I think the limits are not going to be hard and fast, and we’re going to be smart about how we work these guys,” Elias said. “We’re gonna look at things on a case-by-case basis, and I think that’s gonna depend on where the team’s at, where the pitchers themselves are at.”
Baltimore’s opening day starter the previous two seasons, Means made only two starts in 2022 before undergoing the season-ending procedure in April. He isn’t expected to rejoin the Orioles’ rotation until midseason.