Left fielder Nolan Reimold, who was playing in the field for the first time since experiencing shoulder tightness on March 1, had two of the Orioles' five solo homers in a 6-5 victory against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

J.J. Hardy, Chris Davis and Nate McLouth also homered after the Orioles were trailing 5-0. Brian Roberts' RBI single in the third broke the 5-5 tie. Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland threw three scoreless innings for the Orioles and hasn't given up a run in his last eight innings pitched.

Reimold didn't have to test his arm Wednesday, but he said he feels good and should have no problem playing the field going forward.

"We've got two more weeks. I already feel pretty good," Reimold said. "Progressing and getting better every game. So I'll be all right."

Roberts fouled a ball off his right ankle in the sixth inning, stayed in the game and then was taken out — as scheduled — before the top of the seventh. He said afterward that he'd be OK.

"It will be fine. It's sore, but no big deal," Roberts said. "It was going to be my last at-bat either way. Able to end the game with a bang, why not?"

The Orioles improved to 15-6-2 in Grapefruit League action.

Still looking for catching

The Orioles remain interested in adding catching depth — the ideal fit would be a defensive-minded catcher with minor league options remaining — to act as insurance for oft-injured backup Taylor Teagarden. But there's not much on the market and several teams are looking for the same thing.

One possibility, Chris Snyder, who was released by the Washington Nationals and signed with the Los Angeles Angels this week, was not viewed as a good fit.

One player who could be a match is Minnesota's Drew Butera, a light-hitting 29-year-old who has an option remaining. Several teams would have interest in Butera if he's made available by the Twins, an industry source said. But the Orioles do not appear overly motivated to make a run at Butera if he ends up on the trade block.

Instead, it's becoming more likely that the Orioles may have to stick with what they have in the system, hoping Norfolk catchers Chris Robinson, Exposito or Luis Martinez can fill that role if Teagarden is sidelined.

Around the horn

Showalter, executive vice president Dan Duquette and other Orioles officials will meet before Thursday night's game to discuss the 25-man roster. Opening Day is April 2. … Reliever Pedro Strop is expected to return to the club Thursday but won't pitch until Saturday at the earliest, Showalter said. Strop was a key in the Dominican Republic's World Baseball Classic championship, going 3-0 with just three hits and no walks allowed in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and picked up two holds. … Alexi Casilla and Wilson Betemit draped a Dominican flag above their two lockers to celebrate their home country's victory. The flag had been in a hallway at the Ed Smith complex. … Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez pitched five innings in a minor league game at Twin Lakes Park on Wednesday. Showalter said the reports were good. ... Showalter said Jason Hammel and Wei-Yin Chen each could pitch in minor league afternoon games at Ed Smith Stadium before the club's night games on Wednesday and Thursday next week. The big league games are against the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, and Showalter doesn't want his starting pitchers to face American League East rivals this late in the spring. … Center fielder Adam Jones played his first game since returning from the WBC on Wednesday. He was hitless in two at-bats.



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