Teagarden is a week removed from having an epidural in his back to relieve the discomfort caused by a tear in the ligament that supports a disk in his back. And though he said he is feeling better, he has not resumed baseball activities.

"I'm just doing the protocol of the trainers," he said. "I am just taking it slow and they are happy with the way I respond, the way I feel when I come to the clubhouse. Basically I am just doing some back exercises right now. Not doing a lot of on-field activities. I'll keep taking it slowly. I don't want to aggravate anything."

Teagarden has had five at-bats this spring, so it seems highly likely he will begin the season on the disabled list, but neither he nor Showalter is making that official yet.

Roberts still without timetable; watches from dugout

Second baseman Brian Roberts, who still has not appeared in a game this spring due to lingering concussion symptoms, has looked increasingly better in the batting cage in recent days, stinging more line drives.

However, he said he still has no set timetable for playing in a game and has no idea where he'll be when the Orioles break camp in early April.

"I really haven't sat down and discussed it with anybody," Roberts said. "At some point I will, but I haven't really talked about it at all yet."

For the second time this spring, Roberts sat in the home dugout Wednesday and watched several innings of an exhibition game. It's another step he is taking to again get acclimated with the speed and trimmings of the game.

"It was good to be out there and see some game-speed stuff and track the ball and get used to fans and that sort of environment again," he said.

Four pitchers cut

After Wednesday's game, the Orioles sent four pitchers to minor league camp: right-handers Miguel Socolovich, Willie Eyre, Jon Link and Oscar Villarreal. Socolovich posted a 5.06 ERA in five games before being limited by a groin injury. Eyre pitched in just three games (3.38 ERA) due to an early-camp groin strain. Link pitched in five games with a 4.26 ERA. Villarreal allowed two runs in six innings (3.00 ERA).

Orioles lose to Blue Jays, 6-3

The Orioles took a 3-2 lead into the ninth Wednesday, but reliever Pedro Strop unraveled and the Toronto Blue Jays scored four in the ninth to win. Strop, who had allowed just one run in five previous innings this spring, gave up two hits, a walk, four runs (one earned) threw a wild pitch and committed a key error. Brian Bocock's two-run single against Stu Pomeranz — who replaced Strop — put the game out of reach. Adam Jones homered for the Orioles and Endy Chavez reached base three times.

Around the horn

Ryan Flaherty entered Wednesday's sixth inning at first base. The Rule 5 draftee has now played every position this spring but pitcher, catcher and center field. … Alfredo Simon (groin) said he is feeling better and hopes to pitch later this week. He was excused from camp Tuesday to get his passport renewed in Miami. … Darren O'Day (groin), Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) and Jason Berken (hamstring) are all scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Thursday. … According to Baseball America, the Orioles signed 29-year-old infielder Josh Barfield to a minor league deal. He hasn't played in the majors since 2009.

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