Results tagged ‘ Spring Training ’
Pitchers and catchers officially reported to the Orioles new complex in Sarasota today, with most of the players opting to sleep in a little and arrive at Ed Smith Stadium around 10ish. (Although Chad Moeller and Jim Johnson were out throwing on the field around 9, and Koji was out running with his new trainer.)
Pretty good spirits all around the very spacious clubhouse. Guys seem genuinely excited and ready to start playing some baseball.
New closer Michael Gonzalez said he’s been ready to rumble for at least two weeks, and was excited for camp to start up.
“The big thing for me right now is coming in healthy,” Gonzalez
said. “I’m coming in 100 percent and feeling good about the situation.”
And the former Brave isn’t worried about fitting in with his new teammates.
“It shouldn’t take that long,” he said. “As far as being nervous,
it’s like going from one family to the next, except that I’m going to
have a lot more younger brothers than I’m used to.”
Top pitching prospect Jake Arrieta was also pretty amped, and the high 50 degree weather didn’t hurt. Apparently it gets cold in Austin, because Arrieta was sporting a full beard and said they got about nine inches in that nasty storm that went through the South last week. If you’re curious, he plans on shaving it later tonight.
Also, injured pitcher Brad Bergesen told the Baltimore Sun his progression has been great, and he expects to be back on the mound in the next two weeks.
“I don’t know how the next couple of weeks are going to go with the
progression,” Bergesen said. “But the way I feel, I feel great right
now. I think the next step is just leading up to some mound sessions. I
think in the next 12-14 days or so, I’ll probably be on the mound if all
goes as it has. … At one point, I was very worried about it before I
got under the care of [Assistant athletic trainer Brian Ebel] Now, my mind is set on just getting ready
for the season.”
And a reminder for those who want to come down to practice, pitchers and catchers workout starting Thursday at 9:15 a.m. All practices are free and open to the public.
As the Orioles make their way down to Sarasota, your newest Baltimore Orioles reporter for MLB.com is in neighboring Bradenton, where today’s temperature in the 60s had me jumping for joy. My name is Brittany Ghiroli and today marked my first official day on the beat. I’m beyond excited for this opportunity, so much so that I came down here three days before my condo’s ready to bond with some of my family. The sunshine and chance to escape the snow up and down I-95 didn’t hurt either.
If you’re a frequent reader of MLB.com you might have seen my byline a couple of other places, most recently during the Yankees’ World Series run. In addition to freelancing for the Mets and Yankees sites, I spent last year working for MiLB.com and got my start as an associate reporter for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008.
With two years of experience in the AL East, I can assure you I will bring the complete and continual coverage of the O’s you’ve come to expect. Here you can find all the breaking news and analysis on the site, as well as pictures, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and other fun tidbits. It’s going to be an exciting year and I hope you will bookmark this site and follow me on Twitter for constant updates. I consider this blog a collaborative effort, so don’t be afraid to chime in with a question, comment or suggestion. I want to know what kind of stories you want, what’s bugging you about the team’s offseason moves and whether you think Matt Wieters is poised for a breakout year.
I’ll be headed to the team’s workout complex on Tuesday, with plenty of pictures and hopefully some good tidbits from the newly renovated Ed Smith Stadium.
Ladies and gentlemen, baseball season is upon us. And it’s a glorious thing.