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February 22, 2009

Orioles: Chris Ray (Part Deux)

Chris Ray said there was no suspense when he got to training camp this spring because he had answered all the questions about the condition of his reconstructed elbow over the previous year.

"All my doubts were pretty much gone before I started throwing again,'' Ray said. "I went four or five months without throwing a baseball (after the surgery), but I knew I was going to be fine after that first day of throwing."

He hasn't forgotten the date of that workout, because it was the first day of spring training last year.

"That was one of the happiest moments of my career when I went out there and threw like that on the first day of spring training,'' he said. "It was such a relief."

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 1:30 PM | | Comments (6)
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HEy Pete,

What is your average day like down at Lauderdale? When do the workouts finish? What do you do the rest of the day (besides writing)?

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Pete's reply: The workouts aren't that long -- usually going from about 9 am to 1 pm, but we get here at about 8 am to roam the clubhouse, then stay well after that writing. I finish my day with the radio show at six on WBAL.

I travel the country Pete, and to kill time, I check many a baseball blog (being the baseball nut that I am). I really must say, as blogs go, no one gives updates as fast or as accurate as you.

In preparing for an upcoming early FB draft, I was wondering about Chris Ray. I check out your blog....and there it is.

You're seriously a secret weapon of sorts!

So for what it's worth.... Thanks!


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Pete's reply: Thanks very much. I'll try to keep it up.

hey pete. non related comment... i love checking out the new spring training pics everyday, but i noticed whomever posts them has been leaving quite a few players out. any photos of david pauley and brad hennessey around. i hear alot about them but have yet seen them in o's uniforms...thanks

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Pete's reply: Our photographer shoots so much that I can't keep up. I'll check to see if there's anything on those guy. We usually get at least a few of everybody.

Hey Pete,
Thanks for all the updates at spring training. Lots of positive things to build on and make for an exciting season.
I like the restyled unis being worn in spring training. I know lots of official apparel is sold at MLB sites, but I never see pants. Any ideas where I could get a pair of the new grays with the orange/black piping? (Aside from fantasy camp...)

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Pete's reply: I'm sure they'll show up in the O's souvenir stores any day now.

Pete,

If Chris Ray is able to pitch the way we all know he's capable, the Orioles could have a very formidable bullpen.

Who on earth came up with the "Roberts still in the trade zone" headline? It's like some headline writer for the Sun is trying to stir up controversy where there is none.

Absolutely ridiculous, especially after Andy MacPhail plainly said at the news conference that the team hopes to see Brian finish his career with the Orioles. What part of that isn't somebody getting?

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Pete's reply: I don't write the headlines, but you are correct that Brian isn't going anywhere.

Pete: Assuming Chris Ray is pain-free during spring training, do you expect him to regain the closer's role with George Sherrill going back to middle?

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Pete's reply: Not initially. Sherrill will open as the predominant closer if he's healthy. Not a bad problem to have, however.

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