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Showalter: Former Orioles closer Gregg Olson to help with spring training instruction

The Baltimore Sun

Orioles manager Buck Showalter, back in Baltimore Monday evening to be honored as the Baltimore Sun Marylander of the Year, told a group of local business leaders that former Orioles closer Gregg Olson is planning on joining the team to help with spring training instruction.

Olson, who was the Orioles closer from 1989 to 1993, remains the franchise's all-time saves leader with 160.

The list of former Orioles who have helped with spring training instruction this spring include catcher Chris Hoiles, outfielder Al Bumbry and outfielder B.J. Surhoff. Former Orioles Brady Anderson, Scott McGregor and Mike Bordick also play a role in spring training instruction but also have official roles with the team.

Showalter also said he spoke with outfielder Nick Markakis about the neck spasms that kept him out of Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies and Markakis told him he's doing better. Markakis likely still won't play in Tuesday's road game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin.

Showalter also confirmed that the Orioles are replacing the current synthetic rubber warning track at Camden Yards with a natural surface this season.

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