Spring Training quick hits
It was an abbreviated day at camp as a good portion of the Orioles players and coaches were headed to a charity golf tournament that was organized by Jim Johnson. Here are a few tidbits…
*RHP Mitch Atkins was sidelined today with a left oblique strain. He will probably be limited for another day or two. The Orioles bullpen is shaping up to be a tough competition, and Atkins is a long shot to make the club.
*Adrian Rosario is still dealing with a virus, although Justin Duchscherer –who was also sick yesterday — was back in camp today and threw his second bullpen.
*Vladimir Guerrero was around again today, but since the news is still not official the Orioles are presumably waiting to hear back about his physical results. Manager Buck Showalter said that it’s unlikely he uses Guerrero in in the outfield in any Spring Training games. He spoke with Rangers manager Ron Washington on Guerrero last night and said that Guerrero doesn’t want any special treatment and wants to do all the drills. The tentative press conference to make Vlad official is set for Friday afternoon.
*Robert Andino was the latest position player to report to camp and he will compete for the team’s second utility role.With Derrek Lee’s locker only a few stalls down, Andino was really anxious to get to meet the veteran. Back when Lee was was with the Florida Marlins he tossed a foul ball into the stands in a game against the Cincinnati Reds. The young guy who caught it? Andino, who was attending just his second baseball game. He still gets excited when retelling the story.
*Jake Arrieta has looked good in his early side sessions and I don’t think there’s any doubt he’s making the Opening Day roster. Showalter also singled out non-roster invitee David Riske, who has come to camp much further along than anyone anticipated.
*There’s a chance the team’s final bench spot goes to an outfielder, which would be good news for a guy like Nolan Reimold. The team could carry Jake Fox as their primary backup catcher, or have Fox and Tatum, who still has an option remaining. Reimold also still has an option.