Spring Training can be harsh. The Orioles cut their youngest and oldest players from major league camp today.

Pitcher/grandfather Mark Hendrickson was released, though the Orioles are interested in retaining his services as a coach. Hendrickson has shown no signs of officially retiring, or expressed interest in coaching, but there is a place within the Orioles organization if he wants it.

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The Orioles also sent pitching prospect Hunter Harvey to minor league camp. Deciding that Harvey had enough of a taste of the major league experience, the Orioles have sent him on his way. The Orioles will be careful with his innings this season, so that he will remain an option to contribute later in the season. No word on whether he will have to prepare another book report.

Feb 25, 2015; Sarasota, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles pitcher Hunter Harvey gets ready on the mound during spring training workouts at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

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The club also optioned Dylan Bundy to AA. Though he has been fully healthy coming off Tommy John surgery, Bundy will start in the minors, and the Orioles will be patient with the untouchable prospect.

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Last, Christian Walker was optioned to AAA. This is something of a surprise, as he was considered by some to be a dark horse candidate to make the Opening Day roster, with Chris Davis’ suspension looming large. This move indicates that the “extra player” may be an outfielder, as Steve Pearce will likely play first base.

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