Showalter addresses variety of topics on day one

O's manager among those awaiting potential Gallardo, Fowler deals

February 18th, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. -- On the eve of the Orioles' first pitchers and catchers workout, manager Buck Showalter knows that there could be a few new faces over the next couple of days -- particularly given reports that the club is close to adding free agents Yovani Gallardo and Dexter Fowler.

"You always leave yourself some wiggle room," Showalter said of projecting the upcoming spring roster. "[Coaches] Dom [Chiti] and Dave [Wallace] were talking about it today, narrowing it down to seven or nine [pitchers], [and saying], 'Here are the guys who are going to start in spring.' And knowing that the number could change. And keeping in mind you could make a move that would subtract somebody from here. You got to be willing to go either way."

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If the Orioles do add Gallardo to the rotation, Showalter said it wouldn't initially change their list of guys who would get spring starts, but "it might push up the date of when you pare that down [for the bullpen]."

• On the team's overall offseason, Showalter mentioned the importance of retaining free agents Chris Davis, Darren O'Day and Matt Wieters. He also reiterated that the Orioles' offseason might not be over.

"There's a chance we could be in this [media] room again doing something else," Showalter said. "If we don't, that's OK too. It's not a topic of conversation out there. It really isn't -- players, coaches, it's hardly brought up. Mostly because I don't know."

• There were no issues with guys reporting as of Thursday afternoon, and the O's will hold their first practice after pitchers and catchers physicals on Friday morning.

"It's as thorough a physical as I've ever been around," Showalter said. "You come through that, you should feel pretty good about where you are."

• Showalter met Wednesday with the team's trainers and said it was the shortest medical discussion before a Spring Training in recent memory. Dylan Bundy was among those out for an informal workout on Thursday, as the O's righty -- and bullpen hopeful -- played some catch. Bundy will be a full-go in camp and Showalter said Jeff Beliveau (coming off labrum surgery) is the only guy who could be on a restricted schedule.

• Asked his initial impression of Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, Showalter said: "There's some things we can learn from him. Initially we are going to adjust to him instead of him adjusting too much. Just being around him from a personality standpoint, I don't want him to try too hard to fit in. I want him to hit, I want him to play. I want him to contribute."

• Early position players on Thursday included Jonathan Schoop, J.J. Hardy, Ryan Flaherty, Steve Tolleson, Christian Walker, Dariel Alvarez, Henry Urrutia, L.J. Hoes and Xavier Avery. Showalter, who doesn't plan on having a talk with the players on Friday, will address the whole team before its first workout on Tuesday.