Atkins sidelined, Guerrero unlikely to play outfield, Riske impresses
As I mentioned earlier, many of the Orioles, including manager Buck Showalter, are participating in a charity golf tournament today, which was organized partly by reliever Jim Johnson. So it was a shorter and quieter day than usual.
Nonroster invitee Mitch Atkins has been sidelined with a left oblique strain. Atkins was a long shot to make the club coming in, and this obviously won't help his chances. Rule 5 pick Adrian Rosario was sent home for a second straight day because of a virus. Showalter said Rosario is feeling better.
Starter Justin Duchscherer, who went home early yesterday because he was under the weather, threw a bullpen today and came through fine. Rehabbing pitcher Luis Lebron also threw his second bullpen and was much crisper than he was in his first Tuesday.
Another nonroster invitee, David Riske also continues to impress. The well-traveled veteran threw another bullpen today, and it went pretty much like his first. "I'm a little surprised he's as far along as he is," Showalter said.
Vladimir Guerrero was in the clubhouse again today, though the Orioles still haven't announced that the deal is official, meaning they are still waiting on results from his physical. If he passes, Guerrero will speak to the media Friday afternoon. Showalter spoke to Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington last night to compare notes on Guerrero, who doesn't want any special treatment during drills. Showalter did say it's unlikely that Guerrero will play the outfield in any Grapefruit League games.
And finally, Showalter didn't rule out that the final bench spot goes to an outfielder, which could be good news to the trio of Nolan Reimold, Felix Pie and Randy Winn.
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