Orioles to hold medical orientation
The Orioles will hold an orientation for approximately a dozen players in the days leading up to the organization’s annual FanFest.
“It’s more of a medical camp as much as anything if you look at the guys coming in,” said manager Buck Showalter, who will be on hand along with pitching coach Rick Adair and bullpen coach Bill Castro to oversee things. “It’s something we’ve wanted to do. We don’t want to get surprised by anything physically in February.”
The orientation will be a mini-camp of sorts with some light throwing and the team’s medical and training on hand to make sure the players are on track in their respective offseason regimens. Among those scheduled to attend the event at Camden Yards –which will begin either Tuesday, Jan. 17 or that Wednesday – include infielders Ryan Adams, Ryan Flaherty and Chris Davis, with catcher Matt Wieters scheduled to come that Friday. Pitchers Zach Britton, Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter, Alfredo Simon and prospect Oliver Drake are also expected with reliever Pedro Stropp and top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy possible attendees.
Arrieta is coming off right elbow surgery that ended his 2011 season early and Adams, Davis, Hunter, Britton and Matusz all dealt with various injury issues last season. Showalter said the orientation is designed to make sure each player is “where they need to be” at this point in the offseason.
“It’s a program for some of our younger ball players that will get them used to the facility and the city,” added executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.
The 2012 Orioles FanFest, presented by the Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau, will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 21. The event, which starts at 11 p.m. ET, is a day-long celebration of Orioles Baseball featuring current and former player appearances, interactive Q&A sessions, youth clinics, memorabilia exhibits and interactive games. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.orioles.com.