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Orioles: Hill's debut (updated)

I'll stick with my projected rotation, but newly acquired pitcher Rich Hill looked tentative in his first workout with the other pitchers. He threw a couple of balls away during the comebacker drills that opened today's on-field activities, but his first throwing session at the practice mounds went fine.

Hill, as everyone knows, struggled badly with his command last year, though he claims that was entirely related to a back injury that altered his mechanics. He says he's fine now and the Orioles certainly hope he's right, because he would be a steal if he can replicate his performance from his first full major league season with the Chicago Cubs.

Roster update: Pitcher Alfredo Simon is not in camp. Team officials say he's still trying to get all his visa-related issues worked out and could be a week or two late. Since he played in the Dominican Winter League, the team is less concerned about the lost time than it would be if he had taken the winter off.

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