By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
11:57 AM EST, January 13, 2014
The first official workout of this week’s Orioles minicamp won’t be until Tuesday morning, but several players trickled in on Monday to get a head start.
Among the dozen players who are here and participated in a workout Monday that included light throwing, running and lifting were Tommy Hunter, Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Mike Wright. Outfielder Henry Urrutia was also here and took fly balls in center field.
Bundy continued his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery, throwing from about 60 feet with minor league medical coordinator Dave Walker.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters also stopped by in the morning to meet with the Orioles staff -- he met new bullpen coach Dom Chiti for the first time -- but he won’t participate in the minicamp because he purchased a second home and is in the process of moving.
On his way out, Wieters -- who lives in Sarasota in the offseason -- answered a few questions.
On meeting Dom Chiti:
He’s a baseball guy, and I think that most baseball personalities jell pretty well together, because when you play in this game for a while, you have a lot of stories that relate to all generations and all types of players.
On being ready for spring training:
Yeah, I’ve had the itch for a little bit now. I think all the other stories that go on in the news, they make you realize that you just want to play. I don’t want to deal with that. All the offseason, it doesn’t matter. It’s what happens on the field that’s going to come down to it. As players, everything that happens off the field, you just want to get back and get ready to go.
On his name coming up in trade talk earlier in the offseason:
For me, I am fortunate enough to have a great job playing for the Orioles right now, and I feel very privileged to be able to do what we do. I think, for me, it’s just working and trying to become the best baseball player you can be.
On talk of possibly signing an extension with the Orioles:
It's not a big worry for me. I think in years past it's taken a little more of my thoughts than this year. I've been able to have success in this game, and now I just want to be able to improve. The money is something ... that's why we hire agents and you have front office people that can work that stuff out. I've always considered myself a baseball player first and foremost and that's what I try to concern myself with.
Reaction to what the Orioles have done this offseason:
For me, I just want to get into the spring and get all the guys here. And once you get all the guys in the same room and realize everybody's working toward the same goal, it all comes together. And Buck's great with getting us ready to go for Opening Day. Anybody who's in this clubhouse, we're going to welcome with open arms. And as long as everybody knows what goal they're working toward, and that's to be in it until the end, we'll be fine.
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