Spring training news and notes Day 7

Not a whole lot of news out of camp today….

*The Orioles will play just one intrasquad game, manager Buck Showalter said today, and it will be on Sunday at Ed Smith Stadium. As expected, catcher Matt Wieters will be behind the plate but not throw down to second base. The O’s hope to have Wieters’ legs in shape enough that when he is cleared to throw full throttle –on March 17–he can catch between 5-7 innings.

*Everth Cabrera got reps in at second base today and will move to third on Friday. Steve Pearce will be with the outfield group on Friday. Chris Davis could also get some time in the outfield and at third base this spring, Showalter said.

*The plan remains for Wieters, Davis and Manny Machado to get a lot of extra at-bats this spring.

*Showalter said he received a text from Nick Markakis clarifying the outfielder’s quotes in USA Today. Apparently, Markakis explained the context of what he said compared to how it came across in the actual story.

*Ubaldo Jimenez will start the first spring game on Tuesday and the O’s have the first week of pitching mapped out. The way the schedule falls, Jimenez could pitch a lot of games on the road this spring.


I think the signing of Cabrera is a step in the right direction . The bosses saw last year aganist the Royals how important speed is . With Evreth in the lead off hole , the O’s can take advantage of the speed , down in the lineup of DeAza , Lough and Manny . With big bats like Jones and Davis in the middle , it looks to be a very interesting season . Give Schoop another year at triple A , to work on his hitting , this is a win win for the team .

Sour grapes on he part of Markakis. Orioles had no obligation to sign him longer term to a contact for which they were leary. Had he had the “loyalty” he seems to profess, he should have recognized that he did not live up to the contract he had signed previously with dramatically decreasing power numbers. Given that he owned the Orioles, not the other way around.

Cabrera makes us faster but it slows development of our strongest arm, best power at 2nd base let him learn here and hit 20-25 homers as he makes more contact do not like this deal

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