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Logan Verrett, one of Orioles' two Rule 5 picks, 'in a good spot now'

SARASOTA, Fla. — Right-hander Logan Verrett thought he had done enough last season to earn a September call-up from the New York Mets, so he was admittedly disappointed when he didn't get one.

Now Verrett, 24, will be in major league camp with the Orioles as one of two Rule 5 picks trying to make the 25-man roster.

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"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed," said Verrett, who was 11-5 with a 4.33 ERA with the Mets' Triple-A team in Las Vegas last season, about not receiving a call-up. " I thought with how I performed last year, I had a good chance of getting called up in September.

"But I understand it's mostly business at that point, maybe saving a little money or whatever the case may be. No hard feelings. It all happens for a reason. I think I'm in a good spot now and I'm really happy about it."

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While it will be extremely difficult to carry two Rule 5 picks, Orioles manager Buck Showalter has taken notice of Verrett here at minicamp this week. Rule 5 right-hander Jason Garcia might have the highest upside, but Showalter said Verrett might be more ready to help the major league club.

Verrett has been a starter for his entire career, but he's more likely to make the major league club as a reliever, much like left-hander T.J. McFarland, who was the team's Rule 5 pick in 2013.

"He's kind of a right-handed McFarland," Showalter said. "It's unfortunate because sometimes those guys don't get to show you their value in the spring. …

"Unless we get an injury, he's probably going to make it as a relief pitcher. I still would like to have him more than one-inning stints where he feels like he's going to get more than three hitters."

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The Orioles are not inviting South Korean right-hander Suk-Min Yoon to major league spring training, Showalter said Tuesday. … Third baseman Manny Machado is still expected to have his surgically repaired right knee examined by team trainers Wednesday. "I get a lot of feedback on him and about him," Showalter said. "I don't sit here and go down a list. I'm going to leave him alone. I asked Bobby Dickerson on the phone today, and he said it's the best he's felt in a long time, right now. It's good to hear. He's probably not real happy about having to make the trek over here. He doesn't have to make the trek. It's completely voluntary. That's what I told him on the phone." … Eight pitchers threw bullpen sessions during Tuesday's workout: right-handers Hunter Harvey, Parker Bridwell, Mychal Givens, Jon Keller, Eddie Gamboa and Mike Wright, and left-handers Brian Gonzalez and Pat McCoy. … Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti are expected to fly to California after this week's minicamp to work with another group of pitchers that includes Miguel Gonzalez, Zach Britton, Tim Berry and Brian Matusz. Minor league catcher Chance Sisco is also expected to join that group, and pitchers Wei-Yin Chen and Zach Davies could work out. … Showalter said he has noticed that Givens, a converted infielder, has continued to lower his arm slot. "Givens is interesting," Showalter said. "He's getting his arm slot down a little lower." … Left-hander Cesar Cabral, who was signed to a minor league deal, will not be invited to major league camp. … Showalter said the team plans to have intrasquad games on March 1 and 2 before their Grapefruit League opener March 3 against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland.

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