If manager Sam Perlozzo had to finalize his 25-man roster today, he says David Newhan would be on it.
Remember that outfield alignment we talked about earlier? Nick Markakis just made a diving catch in right-center with one out in the first inning and Mark Loretta on first base after a single. The ball was tailing away from him, but he still caught up to it. And he didn't crush any ribs, which is an added bonus.
Kris Benson struck out Manny Ramirez for the last out.
Early in camp, Perlozzo indicated that he was leaning toward keeping three catchers. When I asked him this morning if he still felt that way, he said, "That decision's up in the air. It's still being discussed. We'll probably have to work on that another week or so."
Sounds like if the Orioles go with a third catcher, Geronimo Gil has a job, but that's not stopping team officials from seeing if anyone else becomes available. Perlozzo said he felt like the guy was "here," but he also wanted clarification on what I meant by "here." In other words, that guy still could be playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.
If only two catchers go north, it's because of a late roster move that wouldn't allow room for a third.
The team continues to search for another reliever. If Williams is healthy, I have no problem with Chris Ray, LaTroy Hawkins, Sendy Rleal and Williams being on the Opening Day roster. And so far, Tim Byrdak and Eric DuBose seem sufficient from the left side. But that last spot is wide open. John Halama? Jim Brower? Someone from the outside?
I still believe Hayden Penn needs more starts in the minors more than he needs to sit in a major league bullpen.
Tell me if I'm wrong. I can take it. Just be gentle.
The game is scoreless after the first inning. Corey Patterson singled, but he was doubled off first base on Ed Rogers' liner to right. Patterson already was chugging around second when the ball was caught.
Melvin Mora doubled to left with two outs, but Kevin Millar grounded out.