Orioles get gold star for full attendance

Veteran pitcher Alfredo Aceves and reserve catcher candidate Johnny Monell made their first appearances in the Orioles spring clubhouse on Sunday morning, so all of the pitchers and catchers who got spring training invitations are in camp.

Monell got hung up by the weather in Philadelphia. The Aceves delay also was reported to be weather-related, though he came in from Phoenix, AZ.

Aceves signed a minor league contract after going 4-1 in 11 appearances (six starts) for the Red Sox last year. He'll likely in consideration for both the rotation and the bullpen, but figures to start out at Triple-A Norfolk.

"I'll just come here and try to have fun with my boys and get to know each other and get along together here in the field, and sometime we are going to know our spot," he said.

The way things stand now, Monell will compete with Steve Clevinger for the backup catching role, though manager Buck Showalter hinted on Saturday that the Orioles might still be in the market for a veteran if one becomes available when teams begin trimming their rosters in March.

Monell, who made his major league debut last year and appeared in eight games with the San Francisco Giants, said he's just excited for the chance to make this team.

"It's great,'' he said. "You see the core of the team. I watched them do a pretty good job in the AL East last year, watching the playoff picture unfold, and it's a good team with exciting young players -- guys who can do a lot of things on the defensive side and the offensive side. The pitching is pretty much the question mark and whether the guys can step up and do the job. I think we've got a pretty good shot. We've got a core of good young guys who are really talented and the sky's the limit."



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