3/11/2014 5:43 P.M. ET
Reimold to get extra at-bats at Minor League complex
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Nolan Reimold will head to Minor League camp starting Wednesday in an effort to get more at-bats as the outfielder has missed nearly all of the past two seasons due to a pair of neck surgeries.
"It's just a matter of getting muscle memory back to going after pitches instead of letting them get on you," Reimold said. "There's just one little movement that I do that I want to get rid of and it's preventing me from hitting the ball. It's a matter of working out some kinks that you develop with some time off."
Manager Buck Showalter said he talked to Reimold about doing this on Monday, and just because he's going to serve as designated hitter there doesn't necessarily mean he's not an outfield option for the team this season. Reimold is going to lead off and can jump into various games at Twin Lakes Park to maximize his swings.
"I definitely feel like I've progressed," Reimold said. "I said it in the beginning, where I'm at in the beginning of Spring Training isn't where I'm going to be at the end. It's like that for everybody, but I think it's a little more extreme for myself. Like last year, I wanted to improve a lot during Spring Training. The plan was to keep improving, but somewhere along the line it stopped and went backward. This year should be different and I'm optimistic where it's at."
Machado's contract renewed; 19 others agree to deals
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles announced Tuesday that they have agreed to contracts for 2014 with 19 players and renewed third baseman Manny Machado.
"We would have liked to re-sign everybody. We were not able to come to an agreement with Manny, but [players with zero to three years of service time], the club has the right to renew the player contract, so we did that," executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. "Manny had a great year. The club appreciates the great year that he had and we're recognizing it -- that terrific year with a $100,00 bonus for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award."
The bonus is separate from Machado's $519,000 contract, which is up from $495,000 in 2013. The raise is small, particularly considering how important the All-Star and Glove Glover is in the Orioles' success, and the 21-year-old didn't shy away from saying he wasn't happy with the way baseball handles players with less than three years of service time.
"It's something that, am I disappointed about the system? Yeah, but it's the system," Machado said. "I'm going to go out there and try to be healthy. Try to get out there as fast as possible, be the best teammate I can be and then be the best player I can be out there. And play for the fans, and play for the organization and play for the Orioles, and the people who root for me every day."
Machado's case is hardly anything new, with Angels superstar Mike Trout generating headlines last spring in the same fashion. The same thing happened to Orioles outfielders Adam Jones and Nick Markakis, and the club later rewarded them with extensions. Duquette said the Orioles visited extension talks with Machado last offseason, but the club didn't do so this winter with the emphasis on getting him fully recovered from left knee surgery and out on the field.
"Obviously we would like Manny to stay here," Duquette said of Machado, who they control through 2018. "Manny is going to stay with us for the foreseeable future, but beyond that, we would be interested in a longer-term relationship."
"I'd be up for it. I'm open to it," Machado said. "Nothing has come up yet. We'll see what happens."
The Orioles have not made any progress on extension talks for J.J. Hardy, Chris Davis or Matt Wieters, with Duquette saying the club's focus has been on constructing the current team.
In addition to Machado's renewal, 18 contracts were agreed upon: Brad Brach, Kevin Gausman, Miguel Gonzalez, Steve Johnson, Josh Stinson, Chris Tillman, Mike Belfiore, Tim Berry, Zach Britton, T.J. McFarland, Johnny Monell, Michael Ohlman, Michael Almanzar, Ryan Flaherty, Jonathan Schoop, Jemile Weeks, David Lough and Henry Urrutia.
Wieters fine after rolling right ankle
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles catcher Matt Wieters exited after rolling his right ankle in the bottom of the fourth inning during the Orioles' 6-5 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday afternoon.
"Just precautionary," manager Buck Showalter said of the move. "He's fine. [He] went in and got some ice on it."
Wieters walked with the bases loaded to drive in a run in the fourth and moved to second on a wild pitch, suffering the ankle injury running to third on Ryan Flaherty's inning-ending groundout. With a home game Wednesday and then a pair of road games, Wieters could get a few days off just to make sure everything is fine.
Showalter said there were no plans yet for X-rays.
"[Head athletic trainer] Richie [Bancells] said during the season he would have continued to play," Showalter said. "Just wanted to get some ice on it make sure it doesn't turn into something worse."
Peguero to get MRI; Matusz fine after allergy scare
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Outfield hopeful Francisco Peguero has been sidelined with a right wrist strain and he's considered day to day, manager Buck Showalter said.
Peguero, who is ranked the club's No. 13 prospect, said he's never had anything like it and the plan is for him to get an MRI in the next few days. He first felt the issue creep up during batting practice on the back fields about four days ago.
Orioles lefty Brian Matusz pitched in Tuesday's game as scheduled despite a scare that landed him in the emergency room on Sunday night. Matusz has a severe peanut allergy and had something cooked in peanut oil while he was out to dinner.
"Fortunately, I had an EpiPen at home, so I took that along with some Benadryl," Matusz said. I went to the hospital, Sarasota Memorial, and they did a great job. Hooked me up to an IV right away. It started feeding meds. But once the first EpiPen wore off, the peanut was still in my system and I had another reaction in the hospital. My throat swelled up, my chest swelled up. And along with the peanut allergy, I have asthma, so my lungs swelled as well and had an asthma attack. Fortunately, I was in a good place and the doctors and everyone did a great job and I was able to do another EpiPen and feed some fluids in and hook up to a respiratory mask and I was able to get through it. I was able to come out of it OK."
• Duquette said the market is "interesting" for Ervin Santana, who the Orioles still have interest in.
• The Orioles reassigned Eddie Gamboa, Chord Phelps and Julio Borbon to Minor League camp.
• X-rays on Xavier Paul's hand, which was hit in Monday's game, were negative and he was a reserve on Tuesday.
• Adam Jones did not play Tuesday and flew back to Baltimore in advance of his fiance being induced with the couple's first child. There's no timetable for Jones to return following the birth of his son.
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.