The Orioles will be without six players – center fielder Adam Jones (USA), right-hander
Games begin March 2, but Orioles manager
They'll have to be game ready earlier than usual. Jones, who didn't have to report until Friday, was already at camp Tuesday beginning to get ready. Showalter said he's not worried about Strop since Castro will be watching over him with the Dominican team.
As for Ayala, whose winter ball season ended just last week because his team won the Caribbean Series, it's time to take a break.
"[Pitching coach] Rick [Adair] asked Ayala, 'Where are you going?'" Showalter said Tuesday. "He said, 'I'm going out to throw some.' Rick goes, 'I don't think you need to throw anymore.'
"We'll make some adjustments when he gets back."
Today's first pitchers and catchers workout will have a late start, running from noon until about 3:10 p.m. because of physicals and staff meetings scheduled for the morning. Pitchers will open with fielding practice, doing drills on comebackers, covering the bag on a grounder to first, fielding bunts between the mound and first and introduction to team defense.