Berry allowed one run over three spring innings, including two perfect innings Saturday against Boston.
“I was kidding him, and I said, ‘You know you’re leaving here on a really bad outing so hang in there, you’ll figure it out,’ ” Showalter joked. “He was really sharp last time out. He leaves here confident, and he’s throwing the ball well. He’s very intriguing in what the future might hold for him.”
The Orioles also optioned catcher Michael Ohlman to Double-A Bowie and reassigned catcher Brian Ward to minor league camp. Showalter said two or three more cuts could come Tuesday.
Casilla nearing return
Infielder Alexi Casilla hopes to return from a right hamstring injury in Tuesday’s exhibition game against the Red Sox, and Showalter said Monday that is a “possibility.”
Casilla said he planned to run at 100 percent for the first time Monday after testing the hamstring at 80 percent Sunday.
The 29-year-old Casilla, who was re-signed to a minor league deal this offseason, has yet to play in a game this spring after injuring the hamstring during the first few days of workouts.
“At the beginning, I thought it would be maybe five days, maybe a week, and it’s been two weeks already,” Casilla said. “I’ve hurt my hamstring before, and I know the work it takes in coming back. You think it’s not a big deal, and then it takes a long time to get better. I have hope and confidence in what I can do.”
Casilla entered camp with a good chance to make the Opening Day roster as a utility player, especially since it is unclear whether Machado will be ready to play by Opening Day.
“Even if I’ve been missing a lot of games, I know when I start playing, I’m going to do good,” Casilla said. “I know I have a short time to improve. But I’m going to go out there tomorrow, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to be in there tomorrow. Just be smart.”
Around the horn
Eddie Gamboa retired the Pirates in order in the ninth Monday to earn the save, using his knuckleball to strike out former Orioles infielder Robert Andino. … Xavier Paul was scheduled to get X-rays on his right hand after he was hit by a pitch there Monday. … Catchers Steve Clevenger and Johnny Monell combined to go 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs on Monday, but Showalter emphasized again that the backup catcher spot will be won on defense. … Bud Norris and Kevin Gausman are scheduled to pitch in Thursday’s road game against the New York Yankees in Tampa. … Minor league camp begins Wednesday at the Twin Lakes complex. … Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is expected to play in Tuesday’s afternoon home game, then fly back to Baltimore for the birth of his first child. … On Monday, the Orioles announced this season’s promotions. The club will have three bobblehead giveaways — Machado on June 7, Jones on Sept. 1, and the fans’ choice on Sept. 21. Several promotions to recognize the 60th anniversary season are also planned, including a three-quarter sleeve T-shirt on Aug. 1.