Mar 5, 2013; Dunedin, FL, USA; A detailed view of a spring training logo as the Baltimore Orioles work out before a spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Orioles will watch 40-year-old pitcher Brett Tomko throw on Friday


It has been more than 2 full seasons since 40-year-old right-hander Brett Tomko has appeared in a Major League baseball game, but after it was widespread that multiple teams had interest in his services, we have a report of an “official” audition for Tomko.

Yahoo’s Tim Brown brings word that the Baltimore Orioles will work Tomko out on Friday in California, and Baltimore is certainly a team that could be interested in pitching. The veteran right-hander was least seen at the Major League level in 2011 when he threw 17.2 innings out of the bullpen for the Texas Rangers, but there was a time in the early 90′s when Tomko threw 190+ innings in 4 consecutive seasons.

At this stage, this is almost certainly being considered a “flyer” for the Orioles, but there’s also a good possibility that Tomko (if healthy and ready) could be better than some of their internal bullpen options. He would almost certainly be willing to take a Minor League contract just to get into a big league camp, and he’s always been a quality pitcher from a control standpoint, with a career 2.88 BB/9 walk rate.

It remains to be seen if Tomko has anything left in the tank, but the Orioles will get a close-up glance by the end of the week.

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