Mahoney among new arrivals

First base prospect Joe Mahoney, the winner of the Brooks Robinson Award as the organization's minor league player of the year in 2010, was in the clubhouse this morning, becoming the latest Orioles position player to arrive early.

He joins Brian Roberts, Mark Reynolds, Tyler Henson, Matt Angle and Brendan Harris as the position players in camp.


"I'm really looking forward to this, a lot of new faces, a lot of new guys," said Mahoney, who hit .319 with nine homers and 29 RBIs in 52 games at Double-A Bowie after batting .299 with nine homers and 49 RBIs in 72 games for Single-A Frederick. "I'm just looking forward to picking everybody's brain and learning as much as I can. ... I want to be seen, but like you said, I don't want to be heard and be that loud guy. That's not my personality anyways. I'll just listen, keep my ears open and see how it works."

Mahoney is specifically looking forward to talking to fellow first baseman Derrek Lee.


"I heard he's a really good mentor," he said. "He's a Gold Glover. He's had some really good years and a heck of a career. I'm looking forward to working with him and picking his brain about the game."

Mahoney was supposed to play in the Venezuelan Winter League this offseason, but he hurt his right wrist in his first game. He went home to get it checked out and ultimately got a cortisone shot to repair torn cartilage in the wrist. He also had surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee. Mahoney said his knee is fine and he's just going to have to play through the pain in his wrist.

In other camp news, Justin Duchscherer, Michael Gonzalez, Chris Tillman, Jeremy Accardo and Jake Arrieta are among the pitchers scheduled to throw bullpen sessions today.

A day after throwing his bullpen, Jason Berken said his arm felt great and he hasn't felt this good in his entire professional career.

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