“He’s still close, but I wouldn’t say Sunday,” Showalter said. “I’ll probably wait a little bit on that one just to be sure.”
Markakis said earlier this week that he would play through the discomfort if it were the regular season.
“I don't feel like I'm that out of shape, because I've only missed five games or so,” said Teagarden, who sat out almost all of last
Orioles reliever Pedro Strop, who was primarily a one-inning set-up man for the Orioles, pitched 1 2/3 innings Thursday for the Dominican Republic in his home country's first World Baseball Classic game.
The length of outing was met with some surprise and consternation by some in the Orioles organization, which has been diligent in limiting the innings of its other key relievers this spring.
The Orioles do have a pipeline to the Dominican team – bullpen coach Bill Castro is acting as the DR's pitching coach.
Showalter said he is monitoring the situation – though he joked about that.
"He only threw 20 pitches, he got a day off. It was not a stressful first one," Showalter said. "Not that I'm keeping an eye on it."
Showalter praises Schoop
Orioles infield prospect Jonathan Schoop had a three-run homer and four RBIs for the Netherlands in their surprise WBC victory over Cuba on Friday.
"I think with Jonathan, [playing in the WBC] is nothing but good," Showalter said. "And from an organizational standpoint, a lot of people are seeing what a good player and prospect he is."
Once the Netherlands is finished in the World Baseball Classic, Showalter said the 21-year-old infielder will come to big league camp to get some playing time before being sent back to the minors.
"He will get some reps here. I think as much for our sake as his," Showalter said of Schoop, who likely will begin the year at Double-A Bowie. "We miss him here. There's a lot of times I'd love to play him. So at least he's playing."