Hendrickson works out
Ex-Orioles left-hander Mark Hendrickson threw a bullpen session for pitching coach Rick Adair on Wednesday, showing off his new sidearm delivery.
The 38-year-old Hendrickson, who pitched for the Orioles from 2009 through 2011, primarily as a reliever, is hoping to get back to the majors after playing amateur ball in York, Pa. last year.
Back in 2011, Buck Showalter suggested the 6-foot-9 Hendrickson consider lowering his arm slot, which Showalter believed could present deception in his delivery, especially considering Hendrickson's height.
"I'm surprisingly very comfortable," Hendrickson said of the delivery. "I tinkered with it a little bit last year, maybe in June, and it was all over the place. I figured, you know what, coming into a new year and a new spring, just start early and just buy into it mentally. I started throwing in December and I picked it up rather quickly. Even yesterday throwing in the pen with Rick, a few things here and there I tinkered with, I picked it up. I said, 'Hey, I'm a 38-year-old mind but a 20-year-old sponge right now.' I'm open and willing to say, 'Hey, teach me whatever and let's see where it goes.'"
The Orioles are always looking for pitching depth, and Showalter loves the idea of having pitchers with a variety of deliveries. Hendrickson said he is willing to sign a minor league deal. "I'm just looking for an opportunity. That's plain and simple. Just go from there."
Duquette would like to add an arm
The Orioles remain interested in re-signing left-hander Joe Saunders — both the length of contract and salary seem to be sticking points — and executive vice president Dan Duquette said he would still like to add another veteran pitcher before the team reports to spring training.
"I've got to tell you, I like to sign veteran pitchers and bring them to spring training," Duquette said. "I wouldn't be surprised if we continued our discussions with players who are out there because veteran pitchers can help stabilize your team, and Joe Saunders did a nice job for us. He did a really good job and provided leadership for our team in the playoffs when we needed it.
"If some of our young pitchers come along like I hope they come along, we're going to have more starters than we have spots for," Duquette added, "but having said that, I'd like to sign another veteran pitcher."