BALTIMORE -- The Orioles will hold an orientation for approximately a dozen players in the days leading up to the organization's annual FanFest.
"It's more of a medical camp as much as anything, if you look at the guys coming in," said manager Buck Showalter, who will be on hand, along with pitching coach Rick Adair and bullpen coach Bill Castro, to oversee things. "It's something we've wanted to do. We don't want to get surprised by anything physically in February."
The orientation will be a minicamp of sorts, with some light throwing and the team's medical and training staffs on hand to make sure the players are on track in their respective offseason regimens. Among those scheduled to attend the Camden Yards event are infielders Ryan Adams, Ryan Flaherty and Chris Davis, and catcher Matt Wieters. Pitchers Zach Britton, Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter, Alfredo Simon and prospect Oliver Drake are also expected, with reliever Pedro Stropp and top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy possible attendees.
Arrieta is coming off right elbow surgery that ended his 2011 season early, and Adams, Davis, Hunter, Britton and Matusz all dealt with various injury issues last season. Showalter said the orientation is designed to make sure each player is "where they need to be" at this point in the offseason.
"It's a program for some of our younger ballplayers that will get them used to the facility and the city," added executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.
The 2012 Orioles FanFest, presented by the Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau, will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 21. The event, which starts at 11 a.m. ET, is a day-long celebration of Orioles baseball, featuring current and former player appearances, interactive question and answer sessions, youth clinics, memorabilia exhibits and interactive games. Tickets can be purchased at orioles.com.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.