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Right now, the Orioles employ four coaches for 2012: Rick Adair, Wayne Kirby, John Russell and Jim Presley.

Presley will be the hitting coach and Russell will be the bench coach. That much is certain.

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Kirby, the outfield instructor who also coached first base, may switch to third if the Orioles end up hiring a rookie infield instructor/base coach. Coaching first is a little easier – or a little less stressful, anyway – than third base coach.

Adair likely will remain as pitching coach unless the Orioles hire a veteran for that slot, and then Adair would move back to bullpen coach where he started 2011.

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My sense is Buck Showalter likely will keep Adair at pitching coach and hire someone for the bullpen. Not sure who that will be. I mentioned yesterday that new executive VP Dan Duquette met with former Oriole pitcher and long-time big-league pitching coach Joe Kerrigan on Thursday.

They had lunch – and it's possible it was nothing more than two old friends getting together. I suspect it is more than that -- Duquette employed Kerrigan as pitching coach in Montreal and Boston -- but Kerrigan is a long shot to join the Orioles' big-league staff for 2012. He is having double knee surgery on Jan. 30 and will be out of commission for six to eight weeks.

As for the infield/base coach, it's possible, maybe even likely, that it comes from within the organization's minor-league system.

Former Oriole shortstop Mike Bordick, last year's offensive fundamentals coordinator, met with Showalter this week to discuss the job and has long been rumored as a rising coaching candidate. Another name to keep in mind is Jose Hernandez, Delmarva's infield coach who spent 15 years in the big leagues and was an all-star in 2002 with the Milwaukee Brewers. He's considered an up-and-comer in the organization as well.

Other potential internal candidates include Bobby Dickerson, the minor-league infield coordinator, and minor league instruction coordinator Brian Graham, although he could end up in a front office role.

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