Spring Training quick hits
Not a lot to report today as most of the Orioles arms got the day off from throwing bullpens. They will throw to live hitters tomorrow, although the position physicals will delay Monday’s workout. Right now, it looks to start at about noon. Here are a few tidbits from the day…
*All position players have to report by 6 p.m. ET, but all the pitchers and catchers will be present as well as manager Buck Showalter has a team meeting and activity planned for tonight. Showalter was mum on details but he did say he prefers to address the team the night before rather than in the morning because the players are usually anxious to take the field and already have to go through physicals and several other speeches.
Pedro Florimon is the only player who has yet to report, with Nick Markakis arriving at the complex on Sunday afternoon. Right now, there’s no Visa issues that anyone is aware of, so the expectation is Florimon will be here.
*Prospect Luis Lebron’s throwing program will be modified, and the Orioles will switch him back to throwing on flat ground, rather than having him participate in the usual bullpen sessions. Showalter said it’s not a setback, but they’re concerned that he’s overthrowing and trying to do too much off the mound. Lebron had Tommy John on his right elbow in May.
*Mitch Atkins was dealing with a stomach issue and continues to be sidelined in camp. His left oblique is getting positive reports from the team’s medical staff, but so far it has not been a good camp for him.
*There was more batting order discussion today, and Showalter said he’d probably bat Derrek Lee third, ahead of cleanup man Vladimir Guerrero. Lee will be moved along slowly this spring as he progresses from offseason surgery on his right thumb, but being a veteran the team’s isn’t concerned that a shortened Spring will hamper him at all for Opening Day. He said Saturday that he’s ahead of schedule, although he’s still a few weeks away from taking live batting practice.