By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
3:29 PM EST, February 15, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. -- Orioles left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz, who is recovering from a left hamstring pull he suffered last month, threw his first bullpen session of the spring Saturday off a flat mound.
“Everything is fine,” De La Cruz said. “We were working last week over here to get better. Now, it’s really good. [I’m] taking it step by step. Now in two days I’m going to be on the hill normally. I threw off flat ground today to see how everything goes and everything went pretty well. [I] feel pretty good.”
De La Cruz threw Saturday for pitching coach Dave Wallace and head trainer Richie Bancells.
The Orioles signed De La Cruz to a major league deal this offseason, but he’s never pitched in a major league game and is out of minor league options.
-- Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez left midway through Saturday’s workout with back spasms, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he wasn’t very concerned. Gonzalez participated in some pitchers' fielding practice drills, including one in which he ran to cover first base.
-- The Orioles claimed 25-year-old Jimmy Paredes off waivers from the Miami Marlins. Paredes, who was designated for assignment by the Marlins last week, has played 118 major league games with the Houston Astros over the past three years, hitting .234/.274/.311 with three homers and 33 RBIs.
Last season, he hit .192/.231/.248 in 48 games with Houston. He spent most of the past two seasons playing for the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City, hitting .306/.347/.471 at that level. He has primarily played third base and right field in the majors, but has also played second base and left field.
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