Former Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Jeff Beliveau said that his surgically repaired shoulder has healed to the point where he can pitch alongside the other candidates for a middle-relief role in the Orioles bullpen.
Beliveau, who made 30 appearances and pitched to a 2.63 ERA for the Rays in 2014 before suffering a labrum tear last year, signed a minor league contract with the Orioles in December. He's 29 years old and has made just 58 relief appearances in his major league career, but he has been effective when healthy and has more strikeouts than innings pitched.
“I’m feeling good," he said Saturday. "Being out of that cold weather [after] throwing in a warehouse all offseason -- there are dirt mounds in there, so I got to throw three pens prior to getting out there. Being on the grass, throwing on a grass field feels really good, and the throwing program’s going well. I feel the more I throw the more I bounce back. My arm feels pretty good. Every step of the way, I’ve been on track. I haven’t had a setback, knock on wood."
He was scheduled to start his normal spring regimen on time Saturday, but has been cautioned not to overdo it or try to impress anyone right away.
"Basically, I don’t have any limitations -- the training staff was telling me -- basically just going to take it day by day," he said. "They’re stressing going slow, not trying to push anything. They’d rather have me in the second half than have me in the first half and not at the end."