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Observations from Orioles' workout Wednesday

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles pitchers and catchers aren't required to report until tomorrow, but several early arrivals worked out Wednesday morning at the club's spring training complex at Ed Smith Stadium.

There was no clubhouse access today -- so if South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon was hiding in there, I wouldn’t have seen him -- but I was free to watch the morning workout here in sunny Florida.

Since it wasn’t an official workout today, both major league and minor league players participated. Among the major league pitchers who threw side sessions were Steve Johnson, T.J. McFarland, Eduardo Rodriguez and Mike Wright.

Among the position players already here are Nick Markakis, Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty, David Lough, Jonathan Schoop, Alexi Casilla and Cord Phelps. Catchers Matt Wieters, Steve Clevenger and Johnny Monell are here, as well.

As pitchers ran conditioning drills, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen worked on an agility drill off to the side as part of his rehab from offseason right knee surgery, running from cone to cone and picking up a baseball being rolled to him and tossing it back.

Right-hander Dylan Bundy also continued his rehab from Tommy John surgery last June by throwing long toss.

While the Orioles finished up their workout, reports surfaced that free-agent right-hander A.J. Burnett had agreed to terms on a one-year, $16 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.

A source confirmed the agreement and specifics to The Baltimore Sun. CSN Philadelphia first reported the deal and Fox Sports was the first to release the terms.

So over the past week, the Orioles have seen two of their top free-agent starting pitcher targets sign elsewhere -- first right-hander Bronson Arroyo, and now, Burnett.

Unless the Orioles are able to complete a deal with Yoon within the next 24 hours, it looks like there won’t be a surprise addition reporting to camp tomorrow.

As a side note, the Orioles continue to show interest and remain in contact with the representatives for free-agent designated hitter-first baseman Kendrys Morales, according to an industry source.

Morales, a switch-hitter who would fit nicely into the club's hole at designated hitter, is tied to draft-pick compensation.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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