Day 8 news & notes
*New Oriole pitchers Ubaldo Jimenez and Suk-min Yoon each through the first bullpen in an Oriole uniform on Thursday morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex.
“Ubaldo especially was anxious to get out there,” manager Buck Showalter said of Jimenez, who spent the early part of his day being introduced at a press conference. “He handled himself well didn’t he? Impressive.”
Showalter wasn’t sure what the next step was for either guy and would confer with pitching coach Dave Wallace before publicly announcing that although he seemed pretty sure that both Jimenez and Yoon wouldn’t just jump right in and throw to hitters the next time out.
*Showalter also noted that Thursday’s practice went particularly crisp and said it was one of the better ones he’s had as the Orioles manager. Could there be a little different vibe in the locker room with the recent additions of Yoon and Jimenez?
“Yeah, a little bit,” he said. “It’s something that you’ve been in locker rooms for a long time you know…you walk through locker rooms many times during a season, you know sometimes you got it going on. There’s just a feeling in there. I can’t [describe it].”
*Orioles EVP Dan Duquette also held court to talk about Jimenez, the team’s designated hitter situation and future extensions for other players and you can read that here.
*Guys who threw with hitters tracking today were: Darren O’Day, Tommy Hunter, Ryan Webb, Wei-Yin Chen, Brad Brach, Tim Alderson, Nick Additon, Bud Norris, Evan Meek, Troy Patton, Zach Britton, T.J. McFarland, Brock Huntzinger and Tim Berry.
*Nick Markakis (pictured above) created a little stir today, walking in with a shaved head.
*Showalter was asked again today about Manny Machado’s rehab and while he didn’t say anything different, he did mention that they wouldn’t let Machado do any side-to-side stuff today. Machado has been cleared to do that on the field, but the O’s are moving cautiously with Machado who Showalter said “is worth waiting for.” The organization wants him to be 100 percent, whether that be Opening Day or a week or two after.
*In case you missed it yesterday, the “Two Minutes with…” daily spring story has moved to the main site on Orioles.com and featured Brian Matusz yesterday. New Oriole David Lough will be featured on the site later today.