News & notes day 28 (updated)

*Brock Huntzinger was reassigned to Minor League camp today after an impressive spring campaign. The 25-year-old right-hander allowed one run on two hits over 3 2/3 spring innings. He struck out four and didn’t issue a walk in the three outings. He is expected to be part of Triple-A Norfolk’s bullpen and could be an option for the Orioles later this season.

*Suk-min Yoon will return to Orioles camp on Thursday and could make his Orioles debut on Saturday. Yoon has been in Canada working on securing his work visa.

*Matt Wieters is not in the lineup due to a minor right ankle strain that he suffered running the bases yesterday. Wieters said it’s not a big deal, there are no plans for X-rays, and he wouldn’t play in either of the team’s upcoming road games anyhow so it’s really just one extra day off. He will take today off and possibly try to swing the bat on Thursday, with manager Buck Showalter saying the target is Saturday’s home game.

*Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. will be here shortly and is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and sign copies of his new children’s book, Squeeze Play, on the lower concourse beginning at 2 p.m.

Showalter said it’s always exciting to have a guy like Cal in camp and has made it no secret that he’d love to see it become more of a regular thing.

“He’s so busy, we try to get him down here as much as he can,” Showalter said. “He’s the type of guy if he isn’t able to commit for a long period of time he’d rather not, because he doesn’t want to just come in and out as some figurehead…just being around him I’m honored. I know our players like having him around.”
 
Ripken will sign the first 300 books for fans. The visit is part of a national book tour for Squeeze Play, the fourth installment in the New York Times best-selling “Cal Ripken, Jr.’s All-Stars” series. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the game for $16.99. Due to time constraints, Ripken will be unable to sign items other than his book.

*Nolan Reimold is playing at designated hitter today and will head over to the Minor League complex to get additional at-bats starting on Thursday.

*Ervin Santana has agreed to one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves. MLB.com first reported it was close and the deal –for $14.1 million– was reported this morning and officially takes Santana off the board.

*As a reminder, you can make donations to late public relations director Monica Barlow here: http://events.lungevity.org/site/TR/Events/General?pxfid=41040&fr_id=1030&pg=fund

*Registration is now open for Youth Baseball Day, presented by Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), to be held Sunday, March 23 at Ed Smith Stadium. All youth baseball teams that sign up will receive discounted tickets ($10 each) to the Orioles’ 1:05 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and may participate in a pre-game, on-field parade around the warning track.

Players whose teams are not registering may still take part, but players must be in team uniform to participate in the parade. To inquire about registering, email springtix@orioles.com or call 941-893-6300. Registration deadline is March 17.

ORIOLES LINEUP
David Lough CF
Jemile Weeks 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Chris Davis 1B
Nelson Cruz LF
Ryan Flaherty 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Steve Clevenger C
Nolan Reimold DH

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

PHILLIES LINEUP
Ben Revere CF
Freddy Galvis SS
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard DH
Darin Ruf 1B
Domonic Brown LF
Cameron Rupp C
Bobby Abreu RF
Maikel Franco 3B

A.J. Burnett RHP

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