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Orioles still seeking corner outfielder

Besides current roster, club could acquire another player
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SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles are expected to remain active in trying to add a corner outfielder before Opening Day, but manager Buck Showalter said if it doesn't happen, he's OK with the in-camp options.

"Oh yeah, without a doubt," Showalter said of feeling comfortable filling that hole internally. "[Rule 5 Draft pick Joey] Rickard has been impressive. He's athletic. [I] think he's going to be able to be a plus-defender in the outfield, too."

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles are expected to remain active in trying to add a corner outfielder before Opening Day, but manager Buck Showalter said if it doesn't happen, he's OK with the in-camp options.

"Oh yeah, without a doubt," Showalter said of feeling comfortable filling that hole internally. "[Rule 5 Draft pick Joey] Rickard has been impressive. He's athletic. [I] think he's going to be able to be a plus-defender in the outfield, too."

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Other internal options for the O's include Nolan Reimold, Jimmy Paredes, Mark Trumbo and L.J. Hoes. Reimold did not take part in throwing during Friday's workout. Showalter said Reimold's right shoulder was sore and Reimold wanted to be cautious with it because he's had problems in the past.

Trumbo, a prime candidate for designated hitter, worked out with the outfielders on Friday, and Showalter said that would have happened "regardless of what happened the last 24 hours [with Dexter Fowler]." Trumbo has been rotating between infield and outfield groups, just like Paredes.

Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Thursday that the team would continue to look at external options as well.

"We will keep looking to build our team," Duquette said. "I'm confident we will be able to find some players that want to come and contribute to the team. We still have all the ingredients, we have a good defense. We have a good bullpen. We've upgraded our pitching staff. We've got good leadership on the field and good power."

There are still some available outfield options, most notably Austin Jackson and Pedro Alvarez. The O's have also been linked to Red outfielder Jay Bruce.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com.

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