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Bye bye Kelvin. The O's announced today that they have DFA'd the lefthander, not a surprise as he had appeared on the outside looking in for a bullpen spot.

His 40 man roster vacancy has been filled by third baseman David Adams, claimed off waivers from the Indians.

Time to update the tracker

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The O's announced that Machado had been placed on the DL to start the season. Not a shocker.

This improves the chances of Alex Gonzalez and Jonathan Schoop making the team.

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O's announce they have traded Alex Gonzalez to the Tigers for UTL Steve Lombardozzi. Johnny Monell has been DFA'd to make room for him.

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Roch Kubatko reporting that Francisco Peguero and Edgmer Escalona, as expected, will be joining Machado on the DL to start the year. It's also possible that Michael Almanzar could be joining them with tendinitis in his left patella.

UPDATE: Almanzar will be (conveniently) joining them

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The Orioles optioned Henry Urrutia and Steve Johnson to AAA. They also announced that Quintin Berry and Alexi Casilla have been re-assigned to minor league camp.

Camp roster down to 36

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The O's informed Aceves he did not make the opening day roster tonight and he has decided to opt out of his contract. He has been removed from the Spring Training roster tracker as a result.

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