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February 23, 2009

Orioles: Quick hits

Club officials are optimistic that the Felix Pie visa situation will be rectified in the next day or two, perhaps allowing him to join the team in time for the start of the exhibition season. Still no word on when the Alfredo Simon situation will shake out.

Japanese pitcher Koji Uehara threw 52 pitches during his batting practice session today, which drew one of the smaller contingents of Japanese media. Matt Wieters was behind the plate. The hitters were Lou Monatez, Scott Moore and Oscar Salazar.

Former Oriole Phil Bradley is in camp with the contingent from the Major League Baseball Players Association, which will brief the players on union business in a little more than an hour. MLPBA executive director Donald Fehr has not arrived in camp, but should be here very shortly.

Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda will be at the Orioles facility tomorrow at 11 a.m. to hold a news conference about the World Baseball Classic.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 12:12 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Just baseball
        

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Looks like Montanez, Moore and Salazar took Koji deep into the count :) Hey Pete, do you think Pie is going to "pan" out?

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Pete's reply: Really don't know.

comment on Donald Fehr's comment on the 104 positive drug tests.

He stated that it only accounted for four percent.

Do we have 32 teams with 40 spots divided by 104 equals over 12 %

Can you explain to me ??

Thanks Joe D.


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Pete's reply: The actual percentage was originally announced as between six and seven percent, which doesn't change anything about the point you made. There are only 30 teams and 1200 roster spots, but 104 would still be 8.6 percent unless some players had multiple positives.

Wasn't Phil Bradley the Oriole outfielder who once cost us a game by losing a fly ball in the fog?


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Pete's reply: Yes. It was one of the rare strokes of bad luck for the O's in '89.

Hey Pete, you heard anything about a possible trade of one of the Os outfielders (like Luke Scott) to the Braves? They whiffed on Griffey, maybe that's a good fit (especially with Pie being pencilled in for LF).

Pete, I never have seen who "the player to be named later" is that we got from the Rays for Bradford. (Or did we get him?)

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Pete's reply: No player was received. The Orioles only got the $20,000 waiver price. And they saved $4 million in salary.

Pete, I never have seen who "the player to be named later" is that we got from the Rays for Bradford. (Or did we get him?)

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