One more note on Joe Kerrigan -- he was at Camden Yards on Thursday
I recently wrote that you can scratch Joe Kerrigan off the Orioles' 2012 wish list to join Buck Showalter's staff because he is having surgery on both knees on Jan. 30 and would be hobbled for at least six to eight weeks.
But scratch him off in pencil.
Kerrigan visited Camden Yards on Thursday and met with new executive VP Dan Duquette and had lunch.
I'm not sure what to make of the visit, but, given their history, you have to assume it was a little more than just two old friends catching up.
The Orioles currently have a spot open for a pitching expert on the big-league staff. That's likely bullpen coach, but it could be pitching coach if Rick Adair gets moved back to the bullpen. Regardless, the post needs to be filled by mid-February, which would probably take Kerrigan out of the running.
The club also needs a minor-league pitching coordinator, and that could be something that could interest Kerrigan and, conceivably, could wait until after his knees were healthy. Kerrigan told me he couldn't think about employment until he knew he could walk properly again -- which would probably be late March or early April.
This is all speculation. But Kerrigan, who has been Duquette's pitching coach for two different clubs, was in Baltimore on Thursday.
Worth connecting the dots a little.