There aren't a whole lot of roster questions revolving around the
Flaherty, an infielder/outfielder who was selected from the
He did, and he also ended up homering in the playoffs against the New York Yankees.
Now Flaherty, 26, can be sent to the minors this year, but he is doing everything he can to stay in the big leagues. On Sunday, he hit a two-run homer against the
"I feel pretty good at the plate right now," said Flaherty, who is 6-for-21 (.286 average) in 11 games. "Obviously, there's a lot of good players here in camp, a lot of competition, which is good for the team. All these games mean something, so that's definitely good."
Flaherty's inclusion on the roster has as much to do with the health of other players as it does Flaherty's performance. If
That would mean the club would have to be confident Flaherty can play outfield for him to fit on the roster. And there is plenty of outfield competition in this camp. If outfielder/designated hitter
"To be honest with you, it really doesn't matter where I play," Flaherty said. "I feel pretty comfortable anywhere. Maybe it just takes an extra day to take a couple extra fly balls, but it's good."
"He's doing the things to put himself in the position to make [the roster], just got to continue," Showalter said of Flaherty. "You guys can tell he's got a little different sureness to his step. He knows the level and what's expected and he's playing like a very confident player right now, I think defensively and [with] everything he's doing."
Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, making Sunday's start because
He allowed four hits, two walks and four runs (one earned) in two innings in what was his second Grapefruit League game.
"I felt great in the 'pen. Just one of those days," said Gonzalez, who made 15 starts for the Orioles in 2012 and is expected to start this season in the rotation. "Things weren't working when I went on the field. Off-speed wasn't there, my fastball was up."
Gonzalez's outing turned ugly in the second after left fielder
Showalter, though, said he felt Gonzalez's line was affected by several balls that could have been outs if not for the swirling winds at Ed Smith Stadium.
"He was off from what he spoiled us with [in 2012]. But I'm OK with him," Showalter said. "Arm feels good, you can tell. I think the ball is coming out of his hand pretty good."
The Orioles managed only three hits in the game, including just two in four innings against Cole. They fell to 10-3-1 this spring.
Right fielder Nick Markakis, who will have a MRI on his ailing neck Monday, said he has spoken with team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens and doesn't believe the nagging injury is a major concern.
"Doc said they don't think it's anything too serious and that's what we're hoping for, but we just want to identify what it is," said Markakis, who hasn't played since March 1. "I think it's just some muscle tightness, but we'll definitely find out [Monday]."
Markakis said Wednesday that he could play with the spasms and stiffness in his neck if it were the regular season. But the next day the conditioned worsened, he said.
"That day I was feeling good. I woke up the next morning pretty locked up or tight or whatever you want to call it," he said. "But I'm better today than I was yesterday, so it's going in the right direction."
Tillman hopes to pitch in a few days
Tillman said he believes the muscle tightness he is feeling on his left side is a minor setback and he hopes to pitch in a few days.
"It's just a precautionary thing in my side, it kind of flared up the other day," said Tillman, who is expected to claim a rotation spot. "I think, just to be safe, I just want to take it easy for now. Nothing big, but I'm not going to downplay it either. Nothing I'm really worried about. Just want to be safe."
He said it is not the dreaded strained oblique muscle, which has a tendency to sideline players for weeks. Instead, he said it's more in "the center of my belly. Glad it's not [the] oblique, that's a good thing."
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