FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 20 -- In his first batting practice session of spring training, Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada launched two home runs to left field. One was a massive shot that hit the top of the netting above the fence.
"Who says I can't pull the ball?" Tejada said.
The Orioles conducted their first full team workout on Tuesday. Manager Sam Perlozzo spoke with the team for several minutes prior to them taking the field.
"We introduced everybody," Perlozzo said. "Everybody has to talk. Everyone in the organization has their piece to say, and then I give my little spiel on what I expect out of the team. That's pretty much what we did. It takes a little while."
Perlozzo said the biggest challenge of the spring might be how to fit in all the first base-designated hitter types into the lineup.
"You think about it," Perlozzo said. "I'm not saying it's a challenge. You think about it, and you wonder, 'If we stay healthy, what are we going to do?' It's just too early for me to worry about it. I'll get some real worries later on. Right now, we just want to enjoy it, get the guys going and have a good time while we're doing it."
Trebelhorn OutOrioles bench coach Tom Trebelhorn returned to his home in Phoenix because of an illness in his family and it's uncertain when he'll return. Orioles Executive Vice President Mike Flanagan said he spoke with Trebelhorn briefly on Tuesday morning. Orlando Gomez, the manager of the Orioles' new Gulf Coast team based in Sarasota and a bullpen catcher last year, will report to camp on Wednesday to help the staff while Trebelhorn is out. Andy Etchebarren arrived on Tuesday for the same reason.
Acevedo UpdateTejada said he spoke recently with pitcher Jose Acevedo, who was badly injured in a motorcycle accident last week. Tejada reported that Acevedo said he felt better and was optimistic about returning this season. Tejada and Acevedo are teammates on the Cibao Aguilas of the Dominican Winter League. Acevedo is the only player not in camp who was expected to report.
In the Fold
The Orioles agreed to terms on one-year deals with outfielder Val Majewski and infielder Brandon Fahey.