Outfielder Chris Dickerson was the final position player on the bubble to be reassigned to minor league camp, leaving Pearce and Jackson to battle for the last spot. The club has one more Grapefruit League game remaining, Saturday at Ed Smith Stadium against the New York Mets, before submitting its 25-man roster by 3 p.m. Sunday.
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Two other pitchers, righty Jair Jurrjens and lefty Mark Hendrickson, are still in camp but will not break with the team. Jurrjens, who could pitch Saturday, is dealing with a rib bruise after being hit by a batted ball on Wednesday night. Showalter said Jurrjens is feeling better and will avoid the disabled list. He is ticketed to start the season in the Triple-A Norfolk rotation.
Hendrickson is also expected to begin at Norfolk as the 38-year-old veteran continues to re-invent himself as a side-armer.
Orioles roster (so far)
The Orioles have notified 24 players that they’ll be on the team’s 25-man Opening Day roster. The final spot is expected to either go to 1B-OF Steve Pearce or 1B-OF Conor Jackson. Here’s a look at the 24 players who have made the team:
Pitchers (12): Jake Arrieta, Luis Ayala, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, Jason Hammel, Tommy Hunter, Jim Johnson, Brian Matusz, T.J. McFarland, Darren O’Day, Troy Patton, Pedro Strop.
Hitters (12): Alexi Casilla, Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Nick Markakis, Nate McLouth, Nolan Reimold, Brian Roberts, Taylor Teagarden, Matt Wieters.