Orioles manager Buck Showalter just met with the media after the conclusion of today's workout. There is nothing earth-shattering to report, but there are a couple of tidbits worth passing along.
Pitchers Justin Duchscherer and Adrian Rosario were both sent home because they were under the weather. Neither was scheduled to throw a side session today. Showalter said they could have participated, but the training staff didn't want to risk them being around the other players and a virus spreading around the clubhouse.
Showalter said the decision to allow Brandon Snyder to do some catching just "enhances his value to the organization." Snyder will still take ground balls at first base and could also see some action at third. This isn't a full-time position change; it's just a way of making Snyder more versatile.
While the final roster spot would appear to be down to Jake Fox, Robert Andino, Nick Green and Brendan Harris, Showalter said not to rule out young third baseman Josh Bell. "I think Josh is going to come in here and have a really good spring. I expect him to come in here and be impressive. There is a way he could make this club if the at-bats are there." Showalter also made it a point to say that Bell is capable of playing first base.
Showalter said that as of now, Nolan Reimold will be used in the outfield and not at first base. It's possible that he could see some time at first later this spring, but right now, they want Reimold concentrating on the outfield.
As you know by now, new third baseman Mark Reynolds put on an impressive batting practice display. Asked whether he saw it, Showalter quipped: "I heard it, I didn't see it."
And finally, pitching prospect Matt Hobgood, the Orioles' first-round pick in 2009, had his right shoulder looked at today by team doctors. The results of a magnetic resonance imaging test performed won't be known until later this week, but team officials are optimistic that Hobgood can avoid surgery.
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