Bynum's MRI

The Orioles have learned that utilility man Freddie Bynum has a slight tear in the meniscus in his right knee. He ran, hit and threw this morning and still is hopeful that he'll avoid surgery.

"It feels fine," Bynum said.

Bynum isn't sure how he suffered the injury. If he undergoes surgery, he's expected to miss three weeks.

In the meantime, manager Dave Trembley said he hasn't gotten a solid reading on Brandon Fahey because of overuse. He wants to evaluate a rested Fahey rather than what he's seen so far.

Don't look for Oscar Salazar to make the team out of spring training, but we could see him later this summer. Trembley loves Salazar's bat and referred to him as "an interesting guy down the road."

Trembley envisions Salazar being part of the team during interleague games in National League parks, when he could use a right-handed hitter off the bench who plays a variety of positions.

"He looks like a professional hitter," Trembley said.

Rule 5 pick Randor Bierd continues to impress with his focus, ability to throw strikes and deceptive arm action. And that changeup that acts like a forkball has been the talk of camp.

Hayden Penn also is making quite an impression. His fastball has a lot more life than when he pitched last spring, leading Trembley to believe that Penn's arm was hurt and he didn't tell anyone.

Penn could be the fifth starter if Brian Burres and Matt Albers are assigned to the bullpen as long relievers. Or he could work in long relief if Burres or Albers win the fifth spot. Either way, Trembley needs to stretch him out.


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