March 20, 2012; Sarasota, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds (12) strikes out swinging during the second inning of a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Here's some news and notes from the Baltimore Orioles:
- The Orioles are shopping closer Kevin Gregg and slugger Mark Reynolds. Gregg had 22 saves in 2011 and has 144 for his career. Reynolds hit 37 homeruns last year, most among third basemen, but has a reputation as a terrible defender and is better suited to a 1B/DH role.
- Zach Britton got some good news Wednesday, as Dr. James Andrews decided he did not need surgery on his ailing left shoulder. Dr. Andrews instead injected Britton twice as part of a platelet rich plasma treatment. Britton still has a long road back to the mound, but hopes to be ready by early May.
- Tommy Hunter made his first appearance of the spring on Wednesday and is on track to open the season in Baltimore's rotation. Hunter, 25, has been dealing with a lower back strain all spring, but looked good Wednesday as he went a strong five innings, giving up only two runs.
- The Orioles are giving Dontrelle Willis a chance to make the team as a reliever. Willis has only won six games since 2007, but Baltimore is interested in using him as left-handed relief specialist.
- Steve Melewski of MASN writes the Orioles need to get more production out of the number 4 spot in their batting order. He suggests they use Adam Jones, but also takes an interesting look at Baltimore's minor leaguers.
- Head over to the Baltimore Orioles Complete Organizational Depth Chart for everything orange under the sun.