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Williams and Roberts updates

I know it's still early, and it's not like he has to accumulate the innings of a starting pitcher, but how long before we begin to question Todd Williams' availability for Opening Day?

Williams remains shut down with a sore right shoulder, and manager Sam Perlozzo indicated today that the reliever is at least another week away from throwing. Perlozzo insists that he's not worried, and Williams only needs to continue strengthening the shoulder. But he's gone from day-to-day to week-to-week. Pretty soon, this becomes an issue.

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Perlozzo won't start to worry unless Williams still can't throw by mid-March. He's primarily a one-inning pitcher, so it won't take as long for him to get ready.

Brian Roberts took 35 swings at soft tosses from each side of the plate. From what Perlozzo saw, Roberts was more tentative from the left side. The Orioles still don't know when he'll be cleared to swing at live pitching. When does this become an issue?

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A reader asked me about Todd Helton. His name hasn't come up at all, and one team official last year referred to Helton's contract as "one of the worst in sports." I'm also not sure the Rockies are looking to move him. They'd need two U-hauls to get rid of that contract. Or a loaded gun.

Eddy Rodriguez, Eddy Garabito and Napoleon Calzado arrived in camp. No truth to the rumor that they had trouble leaving the team hotel.

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