The Showalter must go on

SARASOTA, Fla. - We've wrapped up another workout day here in sunny Sarasota, where the back of your neck becomes hot enough to fry bacon.

Right fielder Nick Markakis hasn't reported to camp, but he's in town. Nothing to worry about.

Minor league infielder Pedro Florimon is the only real no-show. If you've seen him, please point him in the general direction of Ed Smith Stadium.

Brad Bergesen threw a bullpen session after being sent back to the team hotel yesterday with virus-like symptoms. Mitch Atkins still can't throw because of a sore left oblique.

Pitchers won't throw tomorrow. They'll throw live batting practice on Monday, with the hitters instructed to keep the bats on their shoulders and track the ball.

The Orioles will be cautious with Derrek Lee, who hit soft tosses today. They'll ease him into exhibition games, which could mean more time at first base for guys like Joe Mahoney, Brandon Snyder, Jake Fox and Luke Scott. Nolan Reimold eventually will get a look at first, but he'll focus on left field before cuts are made.

Manager Buck Showalter said it's not inconceivable that Reimold and Felix Pie both make the 25-man roster, but I wouldn't bet on it. He's still likely to keep an extra infielder.

"It's not impossible," Showalter said. "On Feb. 19, everything's possible. We all know the reality of the way it looks like it may work out. We know what it looks like right now, but I've got a real open mind about it."

Pie is out of options and can play center, which seems to give him an advantage. Showalter pointed out that Matt Angle is here because he also can play center.

"Where we sit right now in February could be different with the evolving of things between now and the end of March, so you keep all your options open and see what presents itself," Showalter said.

In other words, Angle would be another center field option if Pie is traded.

Before leaving camp, I wanted to pass along the following item:

Zion Lutheran Church in York, Pa. is hosting a spring training baseball talk on Monday, beginning at 7 p.m., that will include Dan Connolly, the Sun's national baseball writer and all-around good guy, and Jim Seip, who covers the York Revolution for the York Daily Record. They'll answer questions and discuss the upcoming baseball season, with a focus on the Orioles, Phillies and Revolution. Connolly also will talk music and swap parenting stories with anyone who's willing to listen.

Admission is free, though the church will gladly accept donations for a new furnace. The old one broke down like Rich Harden.

Zion Lutheran Church is located on 2215 Brandywine Lane in York. For more information, call 717-767-4673.

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