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Wieters relieved by MRI results


Wieters relieved by MRI results

SARASOTA, Fla. – Matt Wieters walked into the clubhouse on Tuesday with a relieved look on his face. The MRI on his sore right elbow showed no damage.

“MRI results look great, so I couldn’t be more excited about those. Now, it’s a matter of just dealing with the symptoms, get them treated and get back out there,” Wieters said.

Wieters had Tommy John surgery in June 2014 and when he returned last year, he rarely played on consecutive days. He says that won’t necessarily be the case this year.

“Not really because of how clean the MRI looked. The further and further we get away from surgery, especially when we get to the two-year point, it’s seems…you get a little bit better feeling closer to pre-surgery,” Wieters said.

“No, I’m not thinking like that. It was just something that turned into soreness that I needed to get taken care, just like anything would have. We would like this was just a sore elbow; whether or not I had surgery or not, it’s just a sore elbow.”

Wieters, who left Saturday’s game in the first inning when the elbow flared up on a throw, will be patient.

“It’s just a matter of we want to make sure we kind of get all the muscle soreness out of there before we start again so that everything’s strong enough to where we don’t…we just want to start with it strong and go from there,” Wieters said.

“Today’s better than yesterday and yesterday was better than the day before, so that’s the goal to just keep improving. We’re on the right track.”

Wieters admits to be scared after all the time he put into rehabbing the elbow.

“It was frustrating because you work so hard but then when I was driving home the other night I kind of realized the expectations are that it could happen to anybody at any time so we’ve just got to be able to go out there and have my mind free and clear to be able to play,” Wieters said.

Wieters hasn’t thrown yet, and says he’ll wait until the soreness has vanished before he gets ready. Even if he has a week of games before the season, that should be fine.

“The body feels good. The key is, even not throwing now, try to get as much work in catching-wise as I can to keep the legs underneath me. Last year it was hard because I wasn’t able to do the other stuff because we were doing so much other rehab with the elbow. This year the body feels really in good shape to where when I get back throwing, I should be good to go,” Wieters said.

Other than Yovani Gallardo, there’s no one on the staff he really needs to get acquainted with.

“Obviously I’d like to catch Gallardo a few times before spring ends, but it’s something where we’ll do as much as we can and whenever the season gets here, we’ll be ready to go,” Wieters said.

MORE ORIOLES: Gallardo hit hard in Orioles' 8-7 win over Phillies

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."


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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

Live baseball is close to gracing our television screens again. The Orioles haven't had the most active offseason, to put it mildly. Fans are still wondering who will make up more than half the spots in this year's rotation, and Manny Machado's upcoming free agency is looming over every decision the organization makes.

Still, it's exciting to be able to follow the team again. Not every game is televised, so get ready to constantly refresh your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll be comforting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Jonathan Schoop is building on his breakout season, or if top-prospect Austin Hays is all he's cracked up to be (spoiler: he is).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing in the next few weeks. The O's haven't yet made a big splash this offseason, but with the sheer volume of capable players still on the market, you have to wonder if they'll try to sign some impact players at bargain values.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the lineup or rotation has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be taking place while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for thier seasons, so bookmark this page to check on on the Orioles spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Orioles 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Feb. 26 - Tigers at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Cardinals at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 1 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Tuesday, Mar. 6 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 9 - Orioles at Blue Jays, 1:07 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 (SS) - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Phillies at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Orioles at Pirates, 1:05 pm 
Tuesday, Mar. 13 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Orioles at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 - Orioles at Mets, 1:10 pm 
Saturday, Mar. 17 (SS) - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Mets at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Orioles at Tigers, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Rays at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Orioles at Yankees, 6:35 pm 
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Mar. 27 (in Norfolk, VA) - Orioles at Tides (AAA), 3:05 pm