Some camp chatter…
A pretty quiet day, as guys reported and some took part in informal workouts.
*There’s always lots of new looks (check out Chris Tillman’s full beard on Facebook) as players start to roll in. Tillman has slimmed down a little from last spring and apparently is now sporting a six-pack. Miguel Gonzalez, who joked he’s growing out his hair to replicate the 2012 version of Gonzalez, has added about six pounds of “good weight” as he tries to bounce back from injury this season.
*On the team’s overall offseason, manager Buck Showalter mentioned the importance of retaining free agents Chris Davis, Darren O’Day and Matt Wieters. He also reiterated that the Orioles offseason might not be over. “There’s a chance we could be in this [press] room again doing something else,” Showalter said. “If we don’t, that’s OK to. It’s not a topic of conversation out there. it really isn’t. players, coaches, it’s hardly brought up. Mostly because I don’t know.”
*There were no issues with guys reporting as of Thursday afternoon and the O’s will hold their first practice after pitchers and catchers physicals on Friday morning.
“It’s as thorough a physical as I’ve ever been around,” Showalter said. “You come through that, you should feel pretty good about where you are.”
*Showalter met yesterday with the team’s trainers and said it was the shortest medical discussion before a Spring Training in recent memory. Dylan Bundy was among those out for an informal workout on Thursday, as the O’s righty —and bullpen hopeful— played some catch. Bundy will be a full-go in camp and Showalter said Jeff Beliveau (coming off labrum surgery) is the only guy who could be on a restricted schedule.
*Asked his initial impression of South Korean outfielder Hyun soo Kim, Showalter said:
“There’s some things we can learn from him. Initially we are going to adjust to him instead of him adjusting to much. Just being around him from a personality standpoint, I don’t want him to try too hard to fit in. I want him to hit, I want him to play. I want him to contribute.”
*Early position players on Thursday included: Jonathan Schoop, J.J. Hardy, Ryan Flaherty, Steve Tolleson, Christian Walker, Dariel Alvarez, Henry Urrutia, LJ Hoes and Xavier Avery. Showalter doesn’t plan on having a talk with the players on Friday and will address the whole team before their first workout on Tuesday.