Notes & images from Day 3 (updated)
*The last group of pitchers to go through Rick Peterson’s Biomechanical analysis was taking place most of the morning (click here for a refresher on that) and Wilson Betemit and Ryan Adams were among the new position player arrivals. I’ll have quotes from Betemit up later on Orioles.com.
*Orioles reliever Jim Johnson threw 15 pitches off the half mound (which is only slightly elevated) today and could be up on the full mound later this week. Johnson said Tuesday morning he has had no discomfort in his lower back and the sense is the team is just being extremely cautious in moving him along.
Johnson has been an integral part of organizing the 2nd Annual Birdland Golf Classic, which will take place tomorrow. (For more info on that, click here). While he will not take part in the actual golf part, given that he’s limited in spring activities, Johnson will be one of numerous Orioles at the charity event, which last year raised over $26,000 for the Miracle League of Manasota.
The team will have an abbreviated workout Wednesday to accommodate the event, which starts with registration and lunch at 11 a.m. ET and a shotgun start set for 12:30 p.m.
*Zach Britton threw this afternoon and said he felt “event better” than he did on Monday. Britton has been slowed this spring with left shoulder inflammation, but the team has been encouraged by his early sessions and he’s actually slightly ahead of schedule. The Orioles will sit down and map out a plan for the rest of the week for Britton, who will take Wednesday totally off.
*To follow up briefly on my report yesterday about Brian Roberts working out, Roberts spoke with several teammates while at Ed Smith Stadium on Monday and was reportedly in pretty good spirits. He was working out again today and requested to not speak with the media until Friday.
Roberts took swings off tee from both sides of the plate and was headed to do some light lifting. He’s also been throwing and said he’s on a “progression” and has been working out at the team’s Minor League complex –Twins Lakes Park — since January.
*Pitching coach Rick Adair discusses the new additions in Spring Training in a video interview here.
*Catcher Dane Sardinha failed his physical and wont stay in Os camp. The Orioles will bring in another catcher from within, probably by Friday, according to manager Buck Showalter.
*Among those who threw bullpen sessions today: Matt Lindstrom, Dana Eveland, Tommy Hunter, Jason Hammel, Tsuyoshi Wada, Luis Ayala and Jake Arrieta. It’s actually Wada’s 31st birthday today and the team sang to him out on one of the back fields. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters made it a point to catch both Wada and Hammel, two of the O’s new arms. By the way, Lindstrom is “as advertised” as Showalter put it, in describing the right-hander’s power arm. The glove of catcher John Hester was making some serious noise catching Lindstrom, who figures to be a late-inning arm.
*Congratulations to Ryan Wagner, who was selected from nearly 700 applicants to be the Orioles new PA announcer. You can read more about Wagner, who was also part of MLB’s Fan Cave last season, here.
Brian Roberts getting in his workout.
Rick Peterson and Jim Palmer.
The Orioles also took the media on a tour of the newly renovated baseball operations center, which includes a brand-new weight room, players cafeteria, media area, training rooms, etc. The pictures I took from the tour are below.
Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells, who had a hand in the design and layout of the physical training area, explains the new additions.
Cartoon bird logos on the chairs in the training room.
The aqua therapy area has three separate pools and the trainers’ room will be able to see directly into each one once the video cameras are installed as planned.
All the Orioles’ retired numbers are up on this wall, along with Jackie Robinson, but this is the only one signed. Weaver signed it when he visited camp last spring.
The weight room, which was designed with all state-of-the-art gear and with an emphasis on functionality.
The Keiser is an innovative resistance system that runs on air pressure.
J.J. Hardy working with special assistant Brady Anderson and one of the team’s other new strength coaches.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter’s office
Another view of Showalter’s office.
The Orioles new equipment room had sliding rows and was modeled after the Baltimore Ravens facility.