Orioles players excited about the addition of Pedro Alvarez

SARASOTA, FLA. — The pending addition of Pedro Alvarez to an already power-packed lineup gives the Orioles yet another slugger with 30-homer capabilities.

Alvarez, who agreed to a one-year $5.75 million deal Monday night, gives the Orioles batting order the potential to hit 250 homers this year. The Orioles could also post record strikeout numbers. Regardless, the addition of Alvarez makes the Orioles lineup more fearsome.


"I think the guys are going to hit," said Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who pitched against Alvarez in the National League Central. "You look at one through nine, the kind of lineup we have, it's not easy [to face]. You don't get a break as a starting pitcher. … Now adding Alvarez, any one of those guys can hit for power, hit for average, hit the ball the other way and just play the game. I think it's going to benefit us and this club.

"He's a dangerous hitter," Gallardo added of Alvarez. "He's the kind of guy who can do some damage no matter what the situation, no matter where in the lineup he hits. He's got great power and I think he's going to do great. I think he's going to fit into this clubhouse and it's exciting."


Alvarez was scheduled to take an early afternoon flight from his home in Nashville to Sarasota to take his club physical. The deal could be completed as early as Wednesday.

"Let's hope he shows up," said utility man Ryan Flaherty, a former Vanderbilt teammate and close friend of Alvarez, making reference to last month's Dexter Fowler foul-up.

"He's a powerful bat, as big as there is in the game. I think a lot of the things he does is what this team's had success [doing] the last four years or so. He can definitely help."

Orioles right-hander Vance Worley was a teammate of Alvarez the past two years with the Pittsburgh Pirates and pitched against him as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.

"He's another great clubhouse guy," Worley said. "I think he fits really well with these guys. Obviously, he's got a bat and the more pop in the lineup we have the better. It's going to help us out a lot."

Alvarez, who was projected to make around $8 million in his final year in arbitration, was shopped by the Pirates before the nontender deadline in December. He then became a free agent after he was nontendered by Pittsburgh.

Worley said he was surprised to see Alvarez remain unsigned for so long.

"Yeah, I think its tough when you have some really, really big names early out there early on so those guys are getting taken care of first," Worley said. "I was definitely surprised that he lasted as long as he did, but I'm glad these guys pulled the trigger and got him."

McFarland relieved by X-ray results

Left-hander T.J. McFarland said he was relieved to find out that X-rays on his left elbow were negative. .

"I know that I feel a lot better, and it's gradually getting a lot better," McFarland said. "It's showing signs that I'm going to heal, and I'm going to be fine."

McFarland was pulled from Sunday's game just shy of his pitch count of 40 with tenderness in his left elbow. McFarland said there are no plans for him to get an MRI.


"Whenever you're dealing with something like that, and you get a test, and it comes back clean, it's a huge rush that comes over you," McFarland said. "[I am] definitely relieved that there's nothing seriously wrong. Happy about that."

Showalter said  that it is possible that McFarland resumes throwing by the end of the week.

"We're upbeat about that," Showalter said. "He feels good today. .. There's very little [swelling] left there at all, so he should be able to get back in the mix here shortly. We feel good about that."

Martinez still sore

Nonroster shortstop Ozzie Martinez said his neck is still sore from a collision with second baseman Garabez Rosa on Sunday.

"I was sore," he said Tuesday morning. "I got hit in the head. I hit the ground hard, so that's why I didn't want to get up too quick. I stayed down for a little bit."

The club believes Martinez got whiplash from the collision and he passed concussion tests. Martinez said he should find out when he can get back into a game within the next two days.

Tillman feeling good

Right-hander Chris Tillman (right hip flexor) felt good after throwing a live batting practice session Monday. He will make his first spring training start Thursday in a 'B' game against the Pirates at the Ed Smith Stadium complex back fields.


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