SARASOTA, Fla. -- With 16 players capable of playing the outfield in
camp this spring, manager
will spend a lot of time with his eyes on the outfield.
In deciding reserve roles, defensive flexibility will play a large factor. Four players –
"We asked [Markakis] if he had a preference and he said either way worked fine,"Showalter said. "It worked better. We wanted to see Dickerson in the outfield. … I've got a real good feel for what Nick can do. I want to get as many looks as I can at those guys.
If Flaherty can solidify the team's faith in him to be the backup first baseman, he could add an interesting dynamic as a player who could play all four infield and two outfield spots.
"Flaherty is going to make it [tough]," Showalter said. "You can tell he's a little different look to him this spring. After getting through last year, he's not feeling his way around anymore. He's a real confident guy. He thinks he can do this and help us. I think he might be right."
Other notes from today:
-- Two of today’s pitchers – left-hander
-- Showalter indicated that with 29 pitchers in camp, starters
-- Jackson (lower back stiffness) returned to team workouts on Satursday and if he did well, he's scheduled to play Sunday in Dunedin.