SARASOTA, Fla -- It's been a pretty slow day here at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. There's not too much going on, especially coming off yesterday's newsy day.
But here's what we've got:
-- Orioles right-hander Jason Berken said he feels better than yesterday but remains shut down from baseball activities Saturday. He injured his left hamstring during running drills Thursday. He was walking around the clubhouse today with a pretty heavy limp and his left thigh heavily wrapped.
-- In other injury news, righty Jon Link suffered a hamstring injury, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. Link participated in his bullpen session Friday.
-- The Orioles' new turf field at the facility is nearing completion. Showalter said former Orioles shortstop and current spring instructor Mike Bordick, as well as spring instructor Bobby Dickerson, will help to test the field by taking grounders on it. The field allows the team to practice shortly after rainstorms but also simulates the surface that division rivals Tampa Bay and Toronto play on.
-- Orioles newcomer Wilson Betemit has been taking grounders at third base alongside Mark Reynolds, but Showalter suggested that Betemit would also get some time at first base and even maybe see some time at shortstop. Betemit is more known for his bat than his glove, but Showalter is looking for defensive flexibility all around.
-- With 30 pitchers in camp, the Orioles will need innings to sort them all out, but Showalter said there will be plenty of innings to go around. He has scheduled two intrasquad games March 2 and 3 and could add a third. Add three more games at the end of the Grapefruit League schedule -- at home against Florida Gulf Coast (April 2), Florida Southern (April 3) and a road game at Triple-A Norfolk to that mix of games.
-- Orioles special assistant Brady Anderson was in full uniform doing drills with the outfielders. We had to do a double take when we saw that No. 9 jersey in the outfield. He was keeping up with the players, even making sliding attempts for some fly balls.
Tomorrow's workout will begin at 10 a.m.