Chen said he has also worked in the bullpen a few times to get a feel for his pitches.
“I’m not 100 percent to be pitching again yet, but it’s going pretty well,” Chen said. “I’m trying to get a feel for my pitches and trying to be ready for spring training. … Before the surgery, when I was doing some weight training or running, I felt some pain, but after surgery, I don’t feel pain anymore, so it’s pretty good.”
Showalter said the club will have a better idea of when Chen could make his first spring start after this week, but at this point, Showalter didn’t believe Chen would have to be pushed back.
“Not yet,” Showalter said. “He's doing great, knock on wood. [Head trainer] Richie [Bancells] gave us the medical updates [Wednesday] before the meeting. He's doing really well.”
Reimold ‘feels good’
Outfielder Nolan Reimold has been cleared for unrestricted activities following a second neck surgery in July, and he believes he will be able to play in the Orioles’ first spring training game Feb. 28 against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla.
“The neck feels good,” Reimold said. “The one thing that's a little different is I had the surgery a month later [than last year's surgery], so the muscles around the neck are like a month behind where they were last year. … I'm still doing my exercises and stuff. It should keep improving. It’s fine right now as it is, and I can do everything, but that's just one thing I keep in the back of my mind.”
Around the horn
Top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery last June, has increased his throwing progression to 120 feet this week. If all goes well, he will lengthen that to 150 feet next week. He’s on pace to throw off a mound next month, but Bundy said he sees his recovery as a “day-to-day” situation. … With Machado recovering from offseason knee surgery this spring, Showalter indicated that Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar will see a lot of Grapefruit League game action at third base this spring rather than Ryan Flaherty, who will be competing for the starting second base job. … Showalter said that Brian Matusz, Zach Britton, Steve Johnson, T.J. McFarland, Kevin Gausman and Alfredo Aceves could all make the team as either starters or relievers. The club will likely stretch all of them out to start and decrease innings for some when roles become clear in mid-March. Right-hander Josh Stinson will compete for a roster spot exclusively as a reliever. … The Orioles have scheduled an intrasquad game for Feb. 27 and could have additional games on Feb. 25 or Feb. 26 if the innings are needed. … The Orioles had early offseason interest in right-hander Chad Gaudin, who failed his physical with the Philadelphia Phillies, but were also uncomfortable with his medical records.