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Showalter trying to figure out roster's composition

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With Opening Day two weeks away, trying to figure out which non-roster invitees make the Orioles' 25-man roster seems like an exercise in futility to manager Buck Showalter.

"There's some unknown there. You know Nick [Markakis] and Nolan [Reimold], where we're going to be with them at the end of camp," Showalter said. "Just some wasted brain power, me personally, doing too much [forecasting] right now. ... I'd love to be around half the season and then make a decision."

Markakis (neck) continued to improve on Tuesday, Showalter said, while Reimold (right shoulder) is slated to play on Wednesday at home against the Blue Jays.

Some greater clarity could be had internally when the O's meet to discuss their options on Thursday morning.

Showalter said there can never be enough looks at players who are trying to make the team, although there are some -- Steve Pearce, for example -- who are known quantities.

As the regular season rapidly approaches, the distribution of at-bats will swing some in the favor of players who will likely head north when camp ends.

Ryan Flaherty hasn't played much at Triple-A and has options, but as Showalter pointed out, he has also shown Major League capability. Showalter wants him to play every day.

"It's going to be a tough one there one way or the other," Showalter said.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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