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Backup catcher role shouldn't be an open question
Backup catcher role shouldn't be an open question

Every team brings a bunch of catchers to spring training to catch the countless bullpen sessions and audition for roles at the upper levels of the organization, and every manager publicly declares that the major league backup job is wide open. That’s the case at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, where the Orioles have brought in former Blue Jays and Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia, and Buck Showalter is already extolling the defensive virtues of minor league prospect Brian Ward. Meanwhile, Caleb Joseph has to be the leader in the clubhouse after combining with Nick Hundley last year to fill in for injured Matt Wieters and proving to be a very capable backup both at and behind the plate....

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