02/19/2013 3:28 PM ET
Pitchers to get intrasquad work starting Wednesday
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles will have intrasquad games Wednesday and Thursday in preparation for their first Grapefruit League exhibition game on Saturday.
The plan is for Wednesday's games to start early, around 10:15 a.m. ET, and for 13 pitchers to throw an inning each on the back fields at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. There will be two three-inning games, with the Orioles set for an early day to held to the Third Annual Birdland Golf Classic, which benefits the Miracle League of Manasota. Closer Jim Johnson is one of the guys heavily involved with the organization and is part of the organizing.
The intrasquad game is open to the public on Wednesday, but no word yet on if Thursday's game -- which will start at 1:05 p.m. ET and last six innings on the main Ed Smith Stadium Field -- will be open or not.
Wednesday's pitchers will be Steve Johnson, Zach Clark, and Mike Wright against Todd Redmond, Dylan Bundy and T.J. McFarland on Field 3. Tommy Hunter, Zach Britton and Adam Russell will pitch against Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz and Jair Jurrjens on Field 4. Pitching on Thursday for the visiting team will be Mark Hendrickson, Troy Patton, Daniel Schlereth and Eduardo Rodriguez, with Chris Tillman, Pedro Strop, Daniel McCutchen, Mike Belfiore and Kevin Gausman pitching for the home team.
Machado, Braddock cleared for action
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Manny Machado and Zach Braddock were back in camp Tuesday morning after missing Monday's workout, as the pair had to undergo additional procedures as part of their physicals.
"The doctor had me go follow up on some checkup," Machado said. "No, it was just something personal I had to do. Just something that they saw out of the ordinary."
Orioles manager Buck Showalter mentioned to reporters Monday that it was some sort of acid reflux issue.
"Yeah, I've had it," Machado said. "It's a family thing. It runs in the family.
"[I'm a] full go. I'm ready to get back out there. I was bored yesterday. I'm ready to come back out here and participate with the team."
Machado, projected to be the Opening Day starter at third, is in his first big league camp coming off a rookie season in which he hit .262/.294/.445. Braddock -- who is rehabbing after surgery to fix a left labrum tear -- signed as a Minor League free agent this winter.
Anderson named VP of baseball operations
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles announced several promotions within their baseball operations department on Tuesday, most notably naming Brady Anderson the club's vice president of baseball operations.
Anderson, who oversees the organization's strength and conditioning program, was previously a special assistant to executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.
Ned Rice, formerly the assistant director of Major League operations, is now director of Major League administration, with Mike Snyder, previously assistant director of scouting and player development, named assistant director of player of personnel.
Bill Wilkes is now manager of baseball operations and was formerly the coordinator of baseball operations.
"These promotions reflect the significant contributions and commitments Brady, Ned, Mike and Bill have already made to the Orioles' organization," Duquette said in a news release. "They are valuable members of the baseball operations department, and I feel confident they will continue to excel in their new and expanded roles."
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.