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Roberts feels good; wait-and-see mode with Duchscherer; Reimold continues to impress

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, who had missed the previous three workouts with a stiff neck, decided to return to one of the back fields before most of his teammates had already finished up to take a few more swings. That's a good sign for the Orioles, who need their leadoff man healthy.

"Hopefully, [the neck discomfort has] been knocked out for the most part," he said. "I'll probably have to manage it for the next week or so for sure but hopefully not for an extended period of time. It's just continually gotten better. We're just trying to get to the point where it was good enough where we weren't going to go out there and think about it."

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Roberts had said all along that he didn't think it was anything serious and it was unrelated to the herniated disk in his lower back that limited him to 59 games last year.

"I wasn't worried about it being anything major, but any time you're hurt as a baseball player, you got to think about it," he said. "I wasn't overly concerned."

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Orioles manager Buck Showalter said: "Robby had a good look on his face. You can tell he felt a lot better."

As for other news, Showalter reiterated that Justin Duchscherer (hip discomfort) will be re-evaluated in 48 hours. That Duchscherer is feeling any discomfort at all obviously isn't good news, but the Orioles knew what they were getting with the pitcher. He has had three surgeries on his hip. It's also probably not a good sign that Duchscherer declined comment about it. Showalter didn't want to say too much on Duchscherer, though he did say that no further tests are scheduled at this point. Obviously, the pitcher's outing on Wednesday in Clearwater, Fla., is in jeopardy.

I'd expect the Kevin Millwood questions to roll in if it comes out that Duchscherer will miss significant time. Showalter, not addressing Millwood specifically, said that he is comfortable with the team's starting pitching depth.

First baseman Derrek Lee, who took live batting practice for the first time Friday after having his right thumb surgically-repaired in November, sat out BP today but is scheduled to take it tomorrow. He just had some normal soreness that the team expected.

Nonroster invitee Mitch Atkins, who has been sidelined for much of the spring, will have a MRI on his left oblique. Showalter said he's progressing but it has obviously been a long process.

And finally, outfielder Nolan Reimold had a pretty impressive batting practice session today, prompting Showalter to say, "We may have to take a loan out to pay for all the balls," that the right-handed hitter deposited over the fence. Showalter said that Reimold has a different look to him this spring.

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