02/12/2013 6:05 PM ET
O's hope to finalize deal with Jurrjens soon
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The status of the Orioles' agreement with pitcher Jair Jurrjens remains in limbo, with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette saying Tuesday that he hoped to have a resolution within the next few days.
"We are still working on that issue," Duquette said of Jurrjens, who underwent a lengthy physical given his injury history in regards to his right knee. "We don't have that resolved yet, but hopefully we will have that resolved within the next couple days."
The Orioles originally agreed to terms with Jurrjens on a one-year, $1.5 million deal -- that could escalate to $4 million with incentives -- on Jan. 25, but there has been no official announcement, and Duquette didn't elaborate on whether it's possible those terms could change.
"This is an issue that just takes a little more time in the process," Duquette said, "but hopefully we will get it resolved."
An All-Star in 2011, Jurrjens went 3-4 with a 6.89 ERA last year and was non-tendered by the Braves this winter, effectively becoming a free agent. Should he join the Orioles in camp, Jurrjens would compete in an already-crowded rotation picture that includes Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, Chris Tillman, Steve Johnson, Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton, Tommy Hunter and Rule 5 Draft pick T.J. McFarland. Top pitching prospects Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman will get a good look, but they aren't expected to be part of the Opening Day rotation.
"That was one of my main goals, was to try to get a team to give me a chance again," Jurrjens said last month. "I know a lot of people are scared with the past history of my knee, but I'm ready to prove some people wrong and show that I'm ready to go again."
Reimold faces pitching, has no restrictions
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold hit off live pitching Tuesday for the first time since undergoing season-ending neck surgery, and the expectation is that he will be without restrictions from Day 1 of Spring Training.
"Just keep an eye out for any fatigue," manager Buck Showalter said of how he will handle Reimold early in camp. "He's just about all the way there. The medical thing with [head athletic trainer Richie Bancells] today, he stood right here and gave it to us today. He's a full-go. We're going to go off of Nolan."
Reimold took some swings against Spring Training instructor Scott McGregor on one of the back fields.
"It's a big step for him mentally more than physically," Showalter said. "He's not nervous, but he's got some anxiety about getting that first [hit]. He's afraid he's going to go out there and swing and miss about 10 times."
The 29-year-old Reimold hit .313 with five home runs and 10 RBIs in 16 games last year, but he didn't play after April 30 because of a herniated disk in his neck that eventually required surgery. In his place, the Orioles signed Nate McLouth, who they brought back this winter on a one-year deal, and the left-field competition will be one of spring's more interesting storylines.
"I'm not going to use that 'P' word right now," Showalter said of a possible platoon between Reimold and McLouth. "I kind of like the edge that Nolan's got right now. He's seen some things we've done. ... I do have a long memory of what Nolan was getting ready to do for us last year, and how he got hurt [diving into the stands for a ball].
"So he's going to get a very patient approach. He can be a big player for us this year, something that a lot of people have forgotten about. We haven't, but also I'm not going to be constantly telling Nolan that, because he thinks that all of us have forgotten about Nolan. He could be a positive kick in the pants for us if he comes back and is healthy and ready to go. ... You can see that look in his eye. He's friendly to me, but he's got that [edge]. Brady [Anderson] made a good point. He said, 'I'm not sure you want to take that away from him,' and I agree."
Wada on schedule, making progress
SARASOTA, Fla. -- After undergoing Tommy John surgery in May, Orioles pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada is on a long-toss program, and all reports on the left-hander's progress have been positive.
"From what I've heard, May is about the earliest you'd see him here," manager Buck Showalter said of Wada.
"I like to say he's on schedule, and all along this is where we'd hope so far. But I have not forgotten what he could potentially bring to us. It's pretty good."
Orioles pitchers and catchers will undergo full physicals on Wednesday morning in advance of their first workout, although Showalter said Wada has already seen all the appropriate people. Signed to a two-year, $8.15 million contract last winter, Wada has yet to throw a pitch for the club as his elbow issues date back to last spring.
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.