Notes & images from camp

*After PFP (pitchers fielding practice), a good chunk of today featured a group of the pitchers going through Rick Peterson’s Biomechanical Video Analysis in the covered batting cage area. The media wasn’t privy to the sessions, but basically it involves each guy stripping down to slider shorts and being hooked up to various wires while throwing between 7-10 pitches. The analysis is supposed to help identify flaws in delivery and prevent future injuries, and every pitcher will go through it sometime in the next couple days.

O’s manager Buck Showalter likened it to a part of early camp just like individual physicals and said the results usually come back in about 10 days. Peterson, who was named director of pitching development this offseason, has a website that goes into more detail on the topic here.

*Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, speaking through interpreter Danny MacLeith, said he wants to be a starter and is going to do what he has to to make that happen. Wada is one of about a dozen candidates for the starting rotation and the Orioles’ plan is to keep their options open until about mid-March, which is when they’ll start to sort out who would be a better fit for the bullpen.

Wada was an impressive interview today, and the full transcription is below. Showalter said he planned on meeting with the veteran pitcher sometime on Monday since Wada had a lot to digest his first day of Major League camp in going through Peterson’s analysis, the Orioles workout drills and fielding interviews from the Japanese media.

*Nick Markakis, J.J. Hardy and Mark Reynolds were all in camp today, well ahead of Feb. 23’s report date for position players. Reynolds, who lost at least 20 lbs, is hardly recognizable from afar. As I’ve said before, his offseason workouts were cardio-based and focused on improving mobility with the hope being it will translate over into better defense at third base. Reynolds is one of at least 10 Orioles who have made substantial strides in conditioning in working with Brady Anderson, who was named a special assistant to executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette this winter.

As for a slimmer Reynolds meaning less power, Showalter said he’s not worried about that happening, pointing out that Reynolds lost between 10-15 lbs from the start of last season and his home runs actually went up as the season went on. Hardy and Reynolds both took their physicals today and can start working out, while Markakis could hold off a few days. Markakis is expected to be limited through the first week of March anyway given offseason abdominal surgery.

*Right-handed pitcher Jim Johnson said today he had been dealing with a “little strain” in his lower back, but he’s not in any pain or discomfort right now. Johnson estimated he’s about a week behind the rest of the arms in camp, and you can read that full story here.

*The Orioles are without pitcher Dennys Reyes and catcher Ronny Paulino, who are both dealing with visa issues. Showalter said that both players are expected by mid-week. Pitcher Ryan Edell is still not at camp and is expected to retire. The Orioles had invited 31 arms to camp, but no Edell and Reyes puts them at 29 right now.

*Showalter briefly talked with second baseman Brian Roberts yesterday when he stopped by Ed Smith Stadium Complex and said reiterated he had a “good look” about him. Roberts has been doing some work at the team’s Minor League facility at Twin Lakes Park.

Tsuyoshi Wada

[on being here in the Major Leagues]

“This is my first time, I’m a little nervous of course but I’m enjoying myself.”

[on adjusting to O’s camp]

“From drill to drill there’s not really any time to catch my breath, but I think it’s pretty efficient to do it that way.”

[on his role, starting or relieving]

“I haven’t heard anything officially about that yet. But I want to be a starter, so I’m going to do what I have to do to fill that role.”

[on adjusting to four days rest instead of five or more in Japan]

“I thought about that while I was pitching on five days rest, on six days rest in Japan. I knew that it would be on four days rest here so I planned on coming here and having done something. But no matter what I do, I’m going to have to get used to it in the end. So I have that mindset. That I’m going to do what I have to do to get used to it.”

[on if the heat will be a problem, as it was for Koji Uehara]

“I eat a lot in January and February and for the past two or three years I really haven’t dropped any weight in the summertime when I do pitch outside. So, I’m pretty confident that I can handle this even though it’s my first summer in the United States. I think I’ll be OK.”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter talks to Brady Anderson, who was named a special assistant in the organization this offseason.

Pitchers and catchers gather on the field to stretch prior to the first workout of 2012.

Triple-A pitching coach Mike Griffin and Chris Tillman.  Visible in this picture behind them on the left is Brad Bergesen and right is Zach Britton.

Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy introduces himself to former player and current instructor  Scott McGregor.

Bundy again. The 19-year-old, who was the O’s first-rounder in the 2011 Draft, is in Major League camp and has yet to throw his first pitch as a pro.


I hope Reynolds weight loss doesn’t effect that power stroke.

Good first day reporting. Thanks for the pics also!

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Great pics. Thanks . Keep it all coming. Can’t get enough.O’s4ever

Very nice job with the pics…thanks

Any BRob news? Did you see him and how did he look?
Here anything about deals to get rid of out of option guys like Gregg?

All I know is what I wrote. Buck said he’s been at Minor League complex, no details as to what he’s doing.

Good job Brittany. -Timonium Bob

Loved the photos.

This retired sportswriter and veteran Os fan totally enjoys your informative blog and picture package. Keep up the great work. You’re providing a much needed spring training fix.

O’s fan from Tampa loves your reports. THe wife and I are coming down in march for a game. Hoping for a breakout season.

:There are actually aobtlusely quite a lot of details just like that to take into consideration. Thatb4s a amazing point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly you can find questions like the one you bring up where the most fundamental factor will certainly be working in honest fine faith. I donb4t know if finest practices have emerged around things just like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game.

Could you please give us a list of the 10 players who are out of options and who must go thru waivers if they don’t make the club? thanks

Sure. I’ll put them in the blog so everyone has them. –Britt

improvements……hummmmmm…..doubt it….cant even say same old o’s just different o’s… here are some tid bits

2011 Team Payroll: $86,989,250

Estimated 2012 Team Payroll: $65,671,667

Arrivals: Wei-Yin Chen SP, Tsuyoshi Wada SP, Jason Hammel SP, Matt Lindstrom RP, Wilson Betemit 3B, Endy Chavez OF, Taylor Teagarden C

Departures: Vladimir Guerrero DH, Luke Scott OF, Cesar Izturis SS, Jeremy Guthrie SP

New vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette obviously loves a big challenge, and he’ll certainly get one with the Orioles and owner Peter Angelos.

Rumors recently circulated that Angelos was interested in selling the team; however, that was shot down by an Orioles official. While O’s fans can certainly have some fun with that tidbit of news, Duquette is still left with trying to turn around a franchise that has now seen 14 consecutive losing seasons.

Based on moves made this offseason, that certainly won’t happen in 2012.

Grade: D

Analysis: Signing Asian imports to the starting rotation may look refreshing on its face, but neither are expected to be the saviors of the franchise. Betemit will get plenty of looks at DH, but all in all, there isn’t one name added to the roster that spells instant improvement for the O’s.

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the orioles need to scout their own region more… i mean tiexiera is from anne arundel county, brett cecil is from bmore, gavin floyd, their are millions of people in this market… most of them would bleed orange and black if you would give them a chance. no disrespect to international players, but everyone loves the hometown hero more… i mean look… Cal Ripken & son. look at what family can do for a team organization. got to get um while their young.

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Good stuff!

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