Orioles manager Buck Showalter just met with the media after the completion of another workout. Here are a couple of tidbits:
Pitcher Josh Rupe, a nonroster invitee, did not participate in today's workout and was sent home with the stomach flu. Showalter is optimistic that Rupe will return tomorrow.
Showalter said that second baseman Brian Roberts (stiff neck) is about 50 percent improved and he's hopeful that he'll return to the field tomorrow. Roberts spent the day in the training room getting treatment on his neck. Showalter said that Roberts was unlikely to play in Monday's first exhibition game even if he didn't have the neck issues.
Derrek Lee is expected to hit live pitching either tomorrow or Saturday.
Showalter praised Chris TIllman's live batting practice session today. Justin Duchscherer, Jeremy Accardo, Jim Johnson, Michael Gonzalez and Jake Arrieta were among the other pitchers to throw.
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