Spring Training quick hits
*As you probably read by now, Vladimir Guerrero arrived this morning and is spending most of the day going through a physical. Assuming he passes (they usually take at least 48 hours to process results) the press conference will probably be Friday.
*Pitchers Justin Duchscherer and Adrian Rosario were sent home with the same virus symptoms. It’s more of a precaution since neither of them were scheduled to throw today anyway.
*First baseman Brandon Snyder did some catching today and will continue to get some work behind that plate in order to strengthen his appeal to the big league club. With the signing of Derrek Lee to a one-year deal and the presence of Mark Reynolds, the O’s are going to take a good long look at Snyder and third baseman Josh Bell in other roles.
*For Bell that could mean making the team as a utility infielder, something that Showalter said Wednesday he is mulling over. Bell has dropped weight and gotten into great shape and will also get some work in this spring at first base.
“Obviously, you’d like, if he’s not going to get enough at-bats, [to let Bell] continue to develop,” Showalter said. “But I don’t want to put that in his head right now. There’s a way he can make this club if I feel like the at-bats are there for him.”
*Right now, the Orioles aren’t entertaining the idea of Nolan Reimold at first base and want him to just concentrate on the outfield.
*Speaking of Reynolds, he took batting practice on the back fields for the first time this spring and sent several balls flying out of the park. Showalter, who was over watching bullpens, commented that he didn’t see it, but he heard it. He also got a report back from hitting coach Jim Presley.