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Wednesday Orioles news and notes from spring training

By Eduardo A. Encina

The Baltimore Sun

6:38 PM EST, February 13, 2013

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- It’s still three days until the Orioles' first full-squad workout, but nearly the entire team has already reported to the Ed Smith complex.

The pitchers and catchers had their first workout today. Every returning veteran position player is here. Some, like center fielder Adam Jones, hit in the indoor batting cages early. The group taking live batting practice on the back field included J.J. Hardy, Nate McLouth, Chris Davis, Nick Markakis, Ryan Flaherty and Manny Machado.

One player joked that the Orioles needed just one field for BP at this time last year. On Wednesday, two fields were packed with position players getting their early hacks.

To my count, just one player on the 59-player spring roster has yet to report: infielder Yamiaco Navarro. First baseman Travis Ishikawa strolled in on Wednesday afternoon.

Last season, a ping pong table was the centerpiece of the Orioles' sparkling new clubhouse. This season, they’ve added a bumper billiards table and two cornhole boards.

Here are some other hightlights from Wednesday:

--  Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, recovering from Tommy John surgery last May, is about three to four weeks away from throwing his first bullpen session. Wada said he believes he can return by May, but wants to make sure he’s 100 percent before doing so.

--  Manager Buck Showalter said he kept a special eye on Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland’s bullpen session today. Showalter said McFarland “raised his eye.” Showalter said McFarland will get a look as a starter initially this spring, but he could also earn a spot as a reliever.

--  Outfielder Nolan Reimold took his first round of live batting practice with his teammates today -- he took pitches from rehab coordinator Scott McGregor privately on Tuesday -- and said he felt good coming out of it.

--  Catcher Jose Gil, a non-roster invitee, has obtained his visa and is expected to report within the next two days.

--  The Orioles will find out Thursday whether outfielder Trayvon Robinson clears waivers. Showalter indicated that he’s in town but since he’s not on the roster, he can’t report to the team’s spring training camp.

-- Non-roster invitee Zach Braddock wasn’t a full go in pitchers fielding drills, unable to make throws to first. He was seen long tossing however.