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Here are a few tidbits from manager Dave Trembley's pregame meeting with reporters in sunny Lakeland before the Orioles game against the Detroit Tigers today:

Trembley said that the club is considering bringing over a middle infielder from minor league camp just to provide protection with Justin Turner, Brian Roberts and Cesar Izturis all ailing. One of the names that has been discussed is veteran Andy Gonzalez, who the Orioles signed to a minor league contract this offseason.

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"I have to find out who is close to being able to play in the game," Trembley. "There are a few names we floated. [Gonzalez] is one of them, but I don't know what kind of shape he's in. But that's an area where we might need a guy just to cover."

Turner, who suffered a bruise left foot when he was hit by a Garrett Atkins line drive in batting practice on Friday, is expected to be out at least until Monday. Roberts (herniated disk) hasn't played at all this spring and Trembley said there is still no timetable for when the leadoff man we'll get into his first exhibition game. Izturis (sore throat) should play tomorrow.

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Trembley has been very impressed with 24-year-old reliever Luis Lebron, who turned in scoreless outings in both the intrasquad game and last night's Grapefruit League loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"I went up to him last night and I said, 'Where the hell have you been?' He's got a heck of a fastball," said Trembley. "That's explosive. That's a major league fastball right there. We have to see him again. He looked pretty good."

Asked if Lebron, who went 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 24 appearances for Double-A Bowie last year, has pitched himself into Opening Day roster contention, Trembley said, "I don't know about that. I'd like to see him again though. You don't see that kind of arm very often."

Nolan Reimold is making his Grapefruit League debut today and Michael Aubrey is also expected to get a couple of at-bats.

-- Jeff Zrebiec

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