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Sarasota, FL -- 02/25/2016 -- Baltimore Orioles pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne at the first day of workouts for position players as well as pitchers and catchers on the field during spring training at the Ed Smith Stadium complex.
Sarasota, FL -- 02/25/2016 -- Baltimore Orioles pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne at the first day of workouts for position players as well as pitchers and catchers on the field during spring training at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Odrisamer Despaigne arrived this week from Triple-A Norfolk unsure of how he'd be deployed upon making his Orioles debut, but manager Buck Showalter saw all he needed to in the right-hander's first appearance Wednesday. What did he show his manager?

"The ability to pitch three innings," Showalter said, over-estimating the 2 2/3 inning stint by an out. "He's going to throw the kitchen sink at you. …. He's done this before. He's been down a lot of roads, he's experienced. It's like [Tides manager Ron Johnson] and them said, he's going to take the ball and compete — very much like the guy that he replaced, that we had to put on the DL in [Vance] Worley."

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The Orioles try to have two pitchers capable of those long-relief stints at all times, with T.J. McFarland the other alongside Despaigne. Despaigne, who was working as a starter in Norfolk said he was "ready for anything."

"To be a starter or in the bullpen, it doesn't matter," Despaigne said through coach Einar Diaz. "I was ready to help the team in whatever way I can. In spring training, I was working as a reliever all the time and when I came to the season, in Triple-A, I was a starter over there."

He went from starting to relieving and back last season with the San Diego Padres, who traded him to the Orioles in January. Because of that transition this year, Despaigne struggled early at Triple-A. He had a 6.63 ERA through four starts, but came on strong and had a 3.59 ERA at the time of his promotion.

"It was tough, but little by little I'm getting better and better and now I feel really good," Despaigne said. "I can do it from the bullpen and as a starter, too."

Worley will be out at least two weeks with a groin strain, leaving that long for Despaigne to make an impression in his current role. Showalter likes a faster tempo than Despaigne brings, but understands the end game when a team needs a long reliever.

"There's not a whole lot of tempo there — Vance and Mac, when you have that long relief role, you really want to bring some tempo and some energy back to the game," Showalter said. "I think his contribution is going to be, hopefully, getting people out."

O'Day won't return Saturday: Reliever Darren O'Day is not going to be able to return when he's eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, Showalter said Thursday.

"If you push too hard, you can have a setback," Showalter said. "I'm trying to make him understand if he doesn't get better in the 24 hours doesn't mean that he's had a setback. We'll do it maturely, but he wants to be back tomorrow. Once he gets going, it won't be but an outing or two before he's back."

O'Day said "it's going more slowly than I had originally thought, but I could come in tomorrow and I could feel great, and get going."

"There's no timetable," O'Day said. "When I talk to these medical professionals, nobody will put a timetable on it because they're good at their jobs, so they know that everybody has different experiences with this. I'm antsy to get back, get going, but it's just a matter of doing it once and doing it right instead of reinjuring it."

Around the horn: Catcher Caleb Joseph (testicular surgery) will only need to catch two or three rehab games once he's allowed to return to action on June 27 before he'll be ready to be activated, Showalter said. … Shortstop J.J. Hardy will speak with Showalter after Thursday's game to tell him whether he's ready to be activated after a three-game rehab stint at Double-A Bowie. "He'll give me a yes or no," Showalter said. "It's pretty simple." … Left-hander Chris Lee (shoulder) is still not throwing at Double-A Bowie, while right-hander Hunter Harvey (sports hernia) is progressing well in his throwing program in Sarasota.

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