The Baltimore Orioles four day mini-camp concluded on Thursday with no real news on the field other than some guys throwing some bullpen sessions, and others taking batting practice, but the real news came courtesy of players not at the mini-camp. We received injury updates on both Manny Machado and Wei-Yin Chen, as well as getting the news that Bud Norris and the ball club had avoided arbitration by agreeing on a contract.
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported on Twitter Thursday evening that Machado's knee checkup went extremely well and is way ahead of schedule in regards to recovery time for the type of injury he suffered.
"@danconnollysun: No official word from Orioles on Manny Machado's left knee checkup today, but source tells me it went well and he's 6-8 weeks ahead of recovery norm."
With that news, it means that if Machado stays on his current pace and everything continues to go well that Machado would be on pace to play on Opening Day. MASN's Roch Kubatko later reported the same news confirming Connolly's report, but also added that Machado will have another checkup in two weeks to see if he can be cleared for baseball activities.
Connolly continued the Orioles injury updates as also provided some news on Chen, who had bone spurs removed from his right knee earlier this offseason.
"@danconnollysun: More good news for Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen was examined today by doctor who removed bone spurs from Chen's right knee and things looked good."
If you recall, earlier this week during mini-camp, Manager Buck Showalter talked a little bit about Chen's status and wasn't worried, but recognized that a possible setback might have occurred, thus getting this news had to be a nice for Showalter and the team. Connolly continued on stating that his source now believes Chen will be good to go at the start of Spring Training.
Lastly, the Orioles agreed to terms with one of their six remaining arbitration eligible players in starting pitcher Bud Norris. Connolly first announced the deal on Twitter and later our sources confirmed the report as Norris and team agree on a one year deal for $5.3 million for 2014. That is up from the $3 million that he received in 2013 and earned the raise due to more time in the big leagues and going 10-12 with a 4.18 ERA in 32 games total between the Astros and Orioles last season.
"Today was a great day. So blessed and grateful. And so excited for 2014. #GoO's #blessed #stayhungry" Norris said via his Twitter account @BudNorris25
Baltimore now has five players remaining in arbitration: Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter, and Troy Patton.
The mini-camp is over and the countdown to February 14th officially begins as those wonderful words, "pitchers and catchers report," will finally be heard.
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