The Orioles have invited 11 outfielders to camp, and the right field and center field spots are already taken. So bring on the competition in left field. The club has had eight different starting left fielders in its past 12 Opening Days. Yet it's easy to forget that Nolan Reimold, pictured, has started in left field in the past two seasons. He just hasn't been able to get beyond mid-May without landing on the disabled list. Last year, his season completely ended in July due to his second neck surgery, and now the 30-year-old is hopeful those issues are behind him. If he can return to form, he'll at least play some in left field against left-handed pitching. His staying healthy this spring will certainly be an important story line for the Orioles. The club lost left fielder Nate McLouth to the Washington Nationals via free agency this winter, but the Orioles believe they have found a similar -- and younger -- player in David Lough, whom the club acquired from the Kansas City Royals in a winter deal for Danny Valencia. Lough (pronounced Low), a 28-year-old left-handed hitter, hasn't been given a full look in the majors yet. The Orioles think he can replace McLouth, at least against right-handers, and could occasionally spell Markakis at the top of the order. Some other possibilities for left field include holdovers Steve Pearce, Henry Urrutia and Francisco Peguero, whom Duquette particularly likes.
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