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The Orioles reassigned catcher Jose Gil and infielder Nuiman Romero to minor league camp on Thursday. The moves leave 51 players in big league camp, 14 of them non-roster invitees. Romero was 4-for-11 with an RBI and a walk in 12 Grapefruit League games. Gil was 0-for-10 with five strikeouts in seven spring games. … Showalter confirmed that Hall of Fame knuckleballer Phil Niekro is visiting the Orioles' minor league camp and working with a knuckleballer there. … After an 0-for-3 afternoon, shortstop J.J. Hardy has just one hit in 18 Grapefruit League at-bats. … The Orioles signed second baseman Tucker Nathans to a minor league deal, according to Baseball America. Nathans hit .307 with the Newark Bears of the Can-Am independent league.