SARASOTA, Fla. – It looks unlikely that Jeff Beliveau will begin the season on the Orioles’ roster. However, the left-hander who had labrum surgery last April, has a chance to make an impact on the team later on.
Beliveau signed a minor league contract with the Orioles in December and threw during last month’s minicamp. He also threw a limited bullpen on Saturday.
“I feel the more I throw the more I bounce back. My arm feels pretty good. Every step of the way, I’ve been on track. Haven’t had a setback, knock on wood. Basically, I don’t have any limitations, the training staff was telling me, basically just going to take it day-by-day. They’re stressing going slow, not trying to push anything. They’d rather have me in the second half than have me in the first half and not at the end,” Beliveau said.
Beliveau is 1-0 with a 4.00 ERA in four seasons with the Cubs and Rays.
“I think the biggest thing is when hitters get in there and you get that adrenalin going. I’m still going to go as much as I can go but I think they mean trying to throw back-to-back days off the mound. They’re going to take it slow as far as appearances and back-to-back appearances. Once the hitters get in there, it’s the extra five percent when you’re gearing up and you get that adrenaline going. I think that will be the true test, once the games start.”
The 29-year-old has caught the attention of manager Buck Showalter.
“He’s got good stuff. I remember he came in against us. And initially, you look at the velocity and you kind of go, ‘OK, what’s this guy presenting?’ And an inning or two later, he had done well. So he’s got a presentation that’s different. You just don’t see the ball off of him real well. So his fastball plays up higher than the velocity,” Showalter said.
“It’s always interesting when other guys come in [to see] how others guys do it in different organizations and how they’ve been handled, but I think he’s got a chance to help us at some point.”