Spring training news and notes Day 6
Today was the first full-squad workout and there’s not much newsy to report from that. The players worked on relays and coverage while some of the pitchers threw in the covered batting cages to hitters tracking pitches. The media isn’t allowed in there to see those, so I can’t report on how anyone looked. But manager Buck Showalter said everyone scheduled threw with no physical issues.
*New Oriole Everth Cabrera has reached a plea agreement stemming from a resisting arrest charge in September and is on probation. Cabrera, who will wear No. 1, paid a fine and will have to do community service. Resolving the issue, which originally had a court date set for April, was vital to adding Cabrera, according to both executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter.
“It was a prerequisite,” Showalter said. “That’s why it took as long as it did [to finalize the contract]. It wasn’t going to happen until it did and we felt comfortable with it.”
Cabrera could see time in the outfield this spring, but not initially. The 28-year-old said it doesn’t matter to him where he plays.
“I’m open to everything,” Cabrera said. “I have a little experience before playing centerfield, right field. I want the opportunity and I want to play.”
*Chris Davis held court this morning about his therapeutic use exemption, his 25-game suspension and his mindset this spring and you can read that story here.