Hoey 'going to be fine'; return date unknown

The Baltimore Sun

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Reliever Jim Hoey returned to Baltimore on Wednesday to have a magnetic resonance imaging of his right shoulder, an examination that revealed no structural damage but won't help his chances to make the team's Opening Day bullpen.

"We got a good report on Jim," Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said. "I don't know how long it's going to be, but the MRI didn't reveal anything of any structural concerns. I don't know whether it's a week, three weeks or what. All I know is there is nothing in there that's a concern long term."

Hoey has made 35 appearances for the Orioles over the past two seasons and was viewed as a candidate for a middle-relief spot. He started the spring with two straight scoreless outings, but he surrendered two runs in his most recent game, against the New York Mets on Saturday.

"He had some shoulder soreness," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "That's why we sent him up there to get it looked at. He's going to be fine."

Trembley said Hoey might return to the team today and begin a treatment program, but he's not sure when Hoey will pitch again.

Switch to Sarasota?

While the Orioles wait on the Federal Aviation Administration to decide whether it will allow for Fort Lauderdale Stadium to be torn down and rebuilt, their choices for a new spring home might be expanding.

Pat Calhoon, sports facilities manager in Sarasota - where the Cincinnati Reds train - has contacted the Orioles about the possibility of completing a stadium deal, according to a recent story in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The Reds will relocate to Goodwill, Ariz., if the city can secure money for a new stadium.

The Orioles, who have their minor league complex in Sarasota, won't confirm or deny that they've been contacted by Calhoon. They are believed to have an option agreement with Indian River County to move their spring training camp to Vero Beach if the FAA doesn't approve construction.

Nothing new on Roberts

There have been no recent developments in the trade talks between the Orioles and Chicago Cubs involving second baseman Brian Roberts. The Cubs have offered a four-player package that includes pitching prospects Sean Gallagher and Donald Veal and infielder Ronny Cedeno. Jose Ceda, the Cubs' top pitching prospect, is believed to be the fourth player in the offer.

Around the horn

Pitchers Hayden Penn, Bob McCrory and Fredy Deza were optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, and nonroster catchers Ben Davis and Zach Dillon were reassigned to the minor league camp. McCrory will be the closer at Norfolk this season after recording 27 saves at Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie last season. ... Freddie Bynum underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. He's expected to be out four to six weeks. ... Luke Scott is scheduled to be the designated hitter today against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers and play left field Sunday. ... Scott Moore ran, took ground balls and hit yesterday and most likely will play this weekend. ... The Orioles will add six minor leaguers to their roster for today's game, including outfield prospect Nolan Reimold and reliever Julio Manon.

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