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Lee potentially could play this weekend, Duchscherer passes another test, more Bell at first

Orioles manager Buck Showalter just met the media before the Orioles' game with the Philadelphia Phillies, and he said Derrek Lee could potentially make his 2011 Grapefruit League debut this weekend. Lee, who had his right thumb surgically repaired in November, took batting practice for a fourth straight day today. Showalter said that he wasn't sure how it went, but he did acknowledge that Lee is getting closer.

Justin Duchscherer threw from flat ground today, and Showalter said that that the session went well. Duchscherer could throw from off the mound in another couple of days.

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It got kind of lost Tuesday because of all the attention surrounding the opening of new Ed Smith Stadium and the home run barrage that followed, but Josh Bell got in the game at first base. Bell, normally a third baseman, has been working with bench and infield coach Willie Randolph at the position during workouts. Showalter said that he could "potentially" get him in at first more during the games.

Nonroster invitee Mitch Atkins threw from flat ground today. He has been sidelined for much of camp because of an oblique injury.

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Brad Bergesen and Ryan Drese threw side sessions today back at Ed Smith.

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