Ohlman to miss spring with injury
Orioles' Ohlman to miss spring with injury
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles catcher Michael Ohlman has a right shoulder injury that will prevent him from participating in the rest of Spring Training.
Manager Buck Showalter said an MRI taken on Ohlman's right shoulder on Wednesday afternoon showed significant damage, and Ohlman will get a second opinion before deciding a course of action, which would be either surgery or rehab.
The 21-year-old Ohlman was on his way to the mall after a workout at the team's spring facility when he was cut off by another vehicle that didn't see him, flipping his truck in the process. Ohlman, who was wearing his seat belt, remained conscious and was able to crawl out of the truck, which landed on its roof.
A local product selected by the Orioles in the 11th round of the 2009 Draft, Ohlman was called over to big league camp (without an official invite) because of the team's wealth of pitchers and catcher Ronny Paulino's failure to report.
Duquette denies interest in Damon
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette officially put the kibosh on free agent Johnny Damon signing with Baltimore on Thursday afternoon.
Asked if Baltimore was going to sign Damon, Duquette laughed and said, "I don't think so. I already signed Damon when he was 28." Duquette added he'd prefer to sign the 28-year-old version of Damon, and while he is a big fan of the outfielder -- calling him "a leader and great clubhouse guy" -- Duquette said Damon doesn't fit into the Orioles' plans.
The 38-year-old Damon, who has an offseason home in Florida, is still looking for a job after hitting .261 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs in 150 games for Tampa Bay in 2011. His 17-year Major League career also includes stops in Kansas City, Oakland, Boston, New York and Detroit.
Duquette told MLB.com last week that the club isn't looking to make any immediate additions, although the Orioles -- with 10 players who are out of options -- are one of the most heavily scouted teams this spring given that their lack of roster flexibility makes them a prime candidate for trades.
"Right now, we are trying to figure out what we have in camp," Duquette said. "Maybe later in camp [there will be some moves]. I think right now, most teams are focused on finding out what they have."
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.