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Getting the injuries out of the way

In the sixth round, the Orioles selected Clemson right-hander Jason Berken, who underwent major surgery to repair a torn elbow ligament that caused him to miss the entire 2005 season. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery.

In the eighth round, the Orioles took another shortstop, Jedidiah Stephen from Ohio State.

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And in the ninth round, they took Arizona State pitcher Brett Bordes, who set a school record with 109 career appearances. He probably carries Andrews' business card in his wallet, just in case.

Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo got a first-hand look at first-round pick Bill Rowell in a workout. Here's what he had to say:

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"He's a big kid. Left-handed hitter, good power. He's 17-years old and can reach the seats easily. He looks like a pretty good player."

Baseball America says Rowell "models his game and his approach after that of Giants outfielder Barry Bonds." Why don't I find much comfort in that?

Apparently, Rowell used to mimic Bonds' stance, with his hands held low and over the plate, but he raised his hands this year.

In other news, Perlozzo hasn't decided whether to keep Ramon Hernandez in the cleanup spot. And he didn't get any negative reports from Hayden Penn's examination, so the right-hander is expected to report to extended spring training.

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