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Orioles notes on Darren O'Day, Dylan Bundy and Nolan Reimold

Orioles right-hander Darren O'Day likely won't see much action in Grapefruit League games this spring.

Orioles right-hander Darren O'Day likely won't see much action in Grapefruit League games this spring.

Manager Buck Showalter indicated over the weekend that O'Day will be one of the pitchers who will go through camp slowly, which means that his spring appearances likely will be few and far between.

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O'Day said he thinks he probably needs about nine or 10 innings to get ready for the season.

"We throw live BPs, throw bullpens," O'Day said. "You've got to go back-to-back days and you've got to go multiple innings because you've got to do it during the year.

"So as long as you get all that in and you get some regular work in and everything feels good, you're good to go. You throw a couple innings before the season starts. We're going to get plenty of work. We were in 70 games or so last year, so we're going to get our work in."

O'Day, who was 5-2 with a 1.70 ERA in 68 2/3 relief innings last year, undoubtedly will make the team. So there's no need to push him beyond the innings he needs to prepare for the season, especially because you want to preserve him down the stretch.

"If you've got to come to spring training to make the team, you've got to come in midseason form, and it's a whole extra four to six weeks of wear on your arm," O'Day said. "I've been there and I've done it. If you're going to play in October, you're going to feel that.

"They've done a good job of identifying the guys who need to be held off a little bit and save the bullets so we'll be fresh in August, September and October. I know what I need, they know what I need.  So I'll go throw in the minor leagues in some innings and I'll throw there, so I'll be ready."

Bundy bits

Showalter said top prospect Dylan Bundy is set to open the season in Double-A Bowie. And while the right-hander will have no restrictions after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2013, Showalter indicated that the organization will limit Bundy's innings so that he can be available to the major league club at the end of the season.

That's no different than what the Orioles did with right-hander Kevin Gausman last season, holding him to five-inning and 75-pitch limits for the first two months of the season. The move paid off because Gausman became an integral weapon as a starting pitcher down the stretch and allowed just one run in eight postseason innings.

Showalter hasn't ruled out having Bundy help the major league club earlier.

"I have that scenario for everybody that figures in the mix," Showalter said. "We have a list of guys that might impact us at some point in the year if there's a need. You might be surprised who appears on [that list] depending on what the need is.

"Like I said all along, the governors are off on him. If you pitch well enough to be in the mix and there's a need, then yes. It's all on the opposition now. They're going to tell us how good he is. He's another one of the 28 here in camp, we're not doing anything different with him before, after, during [spring]."

Reimold 'going to make it tough'

Since the first full-squad workout isn't until Wednesday, Nolan Reimold hasn't done much besides take batting practice, but Showalter is predicting a strong spring from Reimold.

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"Nolan's going to have a good spring," Showalter said. "He's going to make it tough on us. He looks good. He's a different looking physical guy than the guy that left us. Our timing might be real good here. He's 31 playing at about 28 as far as wear and tear."

Reimold hasn't played in more than 87 games since hurting his Achilles tendon at the end of his rookie season in 2009.

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