Hardy says ailing back feels 'much better'

Orioles shortstop receives cortisone shot

Hardy says ailing back feels 'much better'

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy had a cortisone shot in his back on Thursday, and he said the area is responding well.

"Feeling much better," Hardy said. "I think it was to get over the hump. I think that's what it did."

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Oblique improving, Britton to wait on spring debut

Closer, coaching staff want symptoms to dissipate before lefty's first game

Oblique improving, Britton to wait on spring debut

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Zach Britton says his left oblique muscle is feeling better, and he's progressing towards making his 2017 spring debut, but the Orioles' closer won't pitch in a game until his symptoms are gone.

"We all agreed there's no reason to go out there and go through the motions and possibly do any damage," Britton said. "We have time right now on our side, so kind of just stay in here and treat it today and come in in the morning and see how I feel."

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Showalter: O's 'Where we need to be'

Tillman on schedule to pitch first week of the regular season

Showalter: O's 'Where we need to be'

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter has seen his team drill for days, and watched it play two intrasquad games. Now, he's ready for the first game of the Grapefruit League season.

While the Orioles won't send many of their regulars to Lakeland, Fla., on Friday for their game against the Detroit Tigers, Showalter gets to watch his team play an opponent.

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O's 'good atmosphere' welcoming to Bourn

Outfielder reported to camp Wednesday; Jones pleased with OF's return

O's 'good atmosphere' welcoming to Bourn

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones created a fuss when he said the team needed to improve its outfield defense.

Jones feels the Orioles must have faster, more athletic players in right and left field. Hyun Soo Kim is expected to play in left, while Seth Smith and Mark Trumbo could platoon in right.

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Left-handers Nuno, Bleier arrive at camp

Left-handers Nuno, Bleier arrive at camp

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles added two left-handers this week, and both reported to the team on Wednesday. Vidal Nuno, who was acquired from the Dodgers, and Richard Bleier, picked up from the Yankees, were on hand.

Nuno and Bleier, who will both turn 30 this year, will give the Orioles additional options. Manager Buck Showalter said that he could foresee the team carrying three left-handers, with perhaps Nuno or Bleier coming north with Zach Britton and Donnie Hart.

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Machado, O's give young fan unforgettable day

Machado, O's give young fan unforgettable day

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Eleven-year-old Nicole Parker, of Ellicott City, Md., had a once-in-a-lifetime experience on Tuesday, as the aspiring sportswriter -- who started an Orioles blog of her own about a month ago -- got to visit O's camp and meet some of her heroes.

Parker, who came down with her father, Alex, to take in a little Spring Training action, wore a Manny Machado Orioles jersey and was surprised when the All-Star third baseman paid a visit to the media workroom to do an interview.

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Wieters agrees to 2-year deal with Nats

Wieters agrees to 2-year deal with Nats

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters agreed to a two-year contract with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday morning, Nationals manager Dusty Baker confirmed. The contract is pending a team physical.

Wieters, who could make up to $21 million according to MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal, will reportedly make $10 million in 2017 and has an $11 million opt-out for the following season. The Baltimore Orioles have not yet confirmed the transaction.

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O's acquire lefty Bleier from Yanks for PTBN

Walker designated for assignment to make room on 40-man roster

O's acquire lefty Bleier from Yanks for PTBN

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles completed their fourth transaction in as many days on Tuesday, trading for Yankees left-handed pitcher Richard Bleier in exchange for a player to be named later.

To create room on the 40-man roster, Baltimore designated Christian Walker for assignment. Walker was a late scratch at first base for Tuesday's intrasquad game as a result.

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Duquette proud of O's, has high expectations

Executive VP of baseball operations shares thoughts on new season

Duquette proud of O's, has high expectations

SARASOTA -- With Presidents Day and the start of Spring Training so close together, MLB.com decided to take a look at the state of the Orioles in 2017. And who better for that than executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette?

Duquette, a two-time Sporting News Executive of the Year -- including in 2014 with the Orioles -- has been with Baltimore since November 2011.

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Bourn gets one-year deal, invite to spring camp

Bourn gets one-year deal, invite to spring camp

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles are bringing back Michael Bourn, signing the veteran outfielder to a one-year Minor League deal with an invitation to big league camp on Monday night.

The deal, worth a reported $2 million if Bourn makes the team, gives the O's another outfield option along with a much-needed speedster and defense-first player.

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Andino excited about second chance with O's

Andino excited about second chance with O's

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Robert Andino had always kept it in the back of his mind the possibility of returning to the city that -- outside of his hometown in Miami -- still holds a special place in his heart: Baltimore.

"You never know in this game," said Andino, who signed a Minor League deal earlier this month and is trying to make the club as a reserve. "It's real exciting, and it's a blessing to be back. It took long enough, but I'm just happy to be back."

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Breaking down the Orioles' Top 30 Prospects

12 of Baltimore's Top 30 Prospects are expected to arrive in 2017

Breaking down the Orioles' Top 30 Prospects

It was another successful year for the Orioles, who rattled off 89 wins, good for fourth in the American League, to reach the postseason for the third time in five years. But they were unable to advance past the Blue Jays in the AL Wild Card Game, as Edwin Encarnacion hit a dramatic walk-off home run off of Ubaldo Jimenez in the 11th inning to seal the O's fate. But while the playoff loss may have been difficult to swallow for fans, how Baltimore got there offers plenty of optimism for the future.

After three injury-plagued seasons, Dylan Bundy emerged as a key part of the Orioles' rotation after beginning the season in the bullpen. Though he did wear down late in the year, Bundy showed the promise that had made him the No. 4 overall Draft pick in 2011, as well as the organization's top prospect in subsequent years.

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Orioles add lefty Nuno in trade with Dodgers

Orioles add lefty Nuno in trade with Dodgers

SARASOTA -- The Orioles added to their pitching depth on Sunday night, trading for left-hander Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers in exchange for Minor League right-hander Ryan Moseley.

The move, which saw the O's designate lefty T.J. McFarland for assignment to open up a 40-man roster spot, gives Baltimore another potential starting or relief option. Nuno, 29, went 1-1 with a 3.53 ERA and a 4.64 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 55 games, including one start, with the Mariners last season.

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Kim on 2017: 'Less pressure, more fun'

Outfielder focused offseason on learning 'American training and workouts'

Kim on 2017: 'Less pressure, more fun'

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Hyun Soo Kim sat quietly by his locker on Sunday morning. The Orioles' outfielder -- whose very presence last spring was a noteworthy event -- is enjoying being out of the limelight and being just another guy at the O's full-squad practice.

"I don't want to go back," Kim joked, in perfect English, of where things were this past year.

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Manny hopeful for eventual return to shortstop

AL Gold Glove Award winner at third may swap spots in Classic

Manny hopeful for eventual return to shortstop

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Manny Machado's World Baseball Classic positioning outlook is a lot like his long-term positioning outlook. Third base? Shortstop? We don't know where Machado will play for certain.

But what can be said for certain is that one of the game's great hot-corner defenders is still interested in a full-time return to his native position -- not just in the Classic, but in the Majors. And that's something to keep in mind as Machado's post-2018 free-agent eligibility looms.

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Ondrusek questionable for intrasquad games

Rolled ankle may set back O's reliever

Ondrusek questionable for intrasquad games

SARASOTA -- Orioles reliever Logan Ondrusek rolled his right ankle on Saturday and is doubtful for the team's intrasquad games later this week.

Ondrusek said he tried to stop quickly while doing one of the team's drills during the first full-squad workout, which involves the pitchers playing positions, and he jammed his ankle.

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Smith in awe of O's bat strength

Smith in awe of O's bat strength

SARASOTA -- Orioles outfielder Seth Smith said earlier this week he's looking forward to being a part of Baltimore's powerful lineup.

"It is fun," said Smith, who was acquired from Seattle in the offseason trade that sent Yovani Gallardo to the Mariners. "I've enjoy watching the Orioles kind of do their thing for a while now, and to be a part of it is going to be fun."

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Machado focused on present, not future

With free agency looming after 2018, star excited to be part of 'special group'

Machado focused on present, not future

SARASOTA -- Orioles third baseman Manny Machado looked around the clubhouse on Saturday morning and smiled.

"We got a couple different faces, but I think we got a real good group here," he said. "A special group that's going to surprise a lot of people."

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Photo of the Day: Two O's fans perched on their bikes

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Photo of the Day: Two O's fans perched on their bikes

Baseball is eternal. Not just the game itself, but the stats, legends, and the fans endure -- even if the fashions have changed in the 160-year history of the sport. 

Need proof? Check out these young Orioles fans perched atop their bikes to get a peek at Spring Training action on Saturday.

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Jones succinct on motivation: 'I'm here to win'

Jones succinct on motivation: 'I'm here to win'

SARASOTA -- Adam Jones took the field on Friday for the team's first full-squad practice and jogged all the way back to the warning track, a cheeky ode to the headlines earlier in the week after executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette noted that perhaps Jones -- who had been critical of the team's defensive outfield upgrades -- could help the defense by playing deeper.

Jones said Saturday morning that his trip out to deep center field wasn't really a message to anyone and, when asked if he had a reaction to Duquette's comments, simply said: "We're all entitled to an opinion, correct?"

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Orioles sign Gentry to Minors deal

Outfielder comes to camp ready to compete for backup CF role

Orioles sign Gentry to Minors deal

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles signed outfielder Craig Gentry to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league camp on Saturday morning, a move that could help boost their defense and gives them another potential backup option in center field.

"He's a guy who, for a couple years, was considered probably one of the premier fourth outfielders. Plus runner. Plus defender. Wore out left-hand pitching. Last two years [have been harder], because of some injuries, some of it concussion stuff," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Gentry, who works out with Baltimore hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh every winter.

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Davis enters Spring Training fully healthy

First baseman feels urgency for Orioles to win now

Davis enters Spring Training fully healthy

SARASOTA, Fla. -- It took a few weeks for the swelling to go away and when Chris Davis finally picked up a bat this offseason -- his left thumb injury behind him -- it was an eye opener.

"Because I hadn't realized the impact that it really had on me," said Davis, who suffered the initial injury at the start of the 2016 season and played through it. "I had almost forgotten what it felt like to be 100 percent and be able to swing with both hands. It was really a big relief to not have any pain, and I'm looking forward to getting started again."

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brach prevails in arbitration hearing

Brach prevails in arbitration hearing

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Brad Brach, who made his first All-Star team last season, prevailed in his arbitration hearing and will make $3.05 million in 2017.

The Orioles countered his camp's figure with $2.525 million. The news, delivered Friday morning while the team was stretching, is just the second time in 13 arbitration hearings that an O's player has won.

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Glove Day brings out the kid in Orioles players

Glove Day brings out the kid in Orioles players

SARASOTA, Fla. -- For about a dozen Orioles, Thursday morning was one of the best mornings of the spring: Glove Day.

Guys like Zach Britton, Chris Tillman and Darren O'Day were greeted by Wilson Sporting Goods reps as they picked out -- or picked up -- their desired new glove for 2017.

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Johnson ready to compete for utility job

Catcher Pena back in O's camp after clearing waivers

Johnson ready to compete for utility job

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Infielder Chris Johnson, who was signed to a Minor League deal on Monday, was part of a large group of position players that filtered into the big league clubhouse for the full-squad report date on Thursday.

Johnson, the son of Triple-A manager Ron Johnson, joked "Who?" when his father was brought up and acknowledged it would be weird to play for Norfolk this season.

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