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Aside from a couple of the new arrivals, mainly Derrek Lee, it was a pretty quiet day at Orioles camp. Brad Bergesen, who was sent home a day earlier with flu-like symptoms, returned and threw his scheduled bullpen session. Nonroster invitee Mitch Atkins (left oblique strain) remains sidelined, and manager Buck Showalter said his recovery is going pretty slowly.

Pitchers will get the day off tomorrow from throwing bullpen sessions before starting to throw live batting price Monday. At first, hitters won't be swinging. It's more an exercise for the pitchers just to remind them what it's like to throw with hitters back in the box.

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The only Orioles that have not been at Ed Smith Stadium are right fielder Nick Markakis and minor league shortstop Pedro Florimon. However, Markakis is in Sarasota and has been in touch with the team, and club officials expect Florimon to report by tomorrow.

"It is what it is," Showalter said. "It's good to see. It seems like everybody is ready to get moving. But it's voluntary. If it's voluntary and somebody doesn't show up, we shouldn't go, 'why the hell isn't he here.' "

As Peter Schmuck wrote earlier, Lee, who had thumb surgery this offseason, is probably a week to 10 days away from taking live batting practice. Lee is hitting soft toss, though Showalter said that they are planning to take it slow with the veteran first baseman, just like they are doing with injury-prone pitchers Justin Duchscherer and Koji Uehara.

"We know where the finish line is on him," Showalter said. "We have a pretty good idea how he's going to fit if he's healthy."

Showalter said that several others, like Joe Mahoney and Brandon Snyder, will get an opportunity to play first early in exhibition games to ease the burden on Lee.

And finally, Showalter said it's "not impossible" that both Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold could make the club.

"There is a place for them," he said. "They got to go get it. The way we sit right now in February could be different than things between now and at the end of March. You keep all your options open and see what presents itself. Let's get to camp, see where things stand for a while and the pieces may start moving. I hope not. I'm just trying to get the 25 we are going north with. It's not impossible. On Feb 19, everything is possible. But we all know the reality of the way it looks like it may work out."

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