I can't imagine that the O's would just let him leave to finish his degree without having an understanding a long time ago that he was going to get a chance to do this during the offseason. Maybe it was written into his contract?
But is that good logic? You NEED good pitchers. If a certain percentage are going to lose the injury lottery, shouldn't you pick MORE so that you will have a better chance of getting some that don't get hurt?
Kind of a cost of doing business type thing.
Just two more cents from me. I'll assume him missing the camp is partly injury related. If not, although I understand the importance of a degree, he was paid over $5 million to start a job. That has to be his #1 priority above all else. If he missed instructs ONLY because of the college thing then I got a big problem with it.
I think what Roch was getting at is that while Kjerstad is home dealing with his medical situation (which is most likely Covid-related), he’s using that time to finish his college degree online. Not that he chose to skip instructs in order to finish his degree. It could have been explained better.