Samuel’s new challenge

Third base coach Juan Samuel is responsible for working with the infielders, which means he’ll have to ease Miguel Tejada’s transition to third base.

Assuming that Tejada passes his physical, he’ll be playing a new position with the Orioles. It’s nice to hear that he’s finally willing to move over from shortstop, but can he handle it?

The Orioles have only won half the battle.

“It’s going to take a lot of work for him to get used to that position,” Samuel said. “It’s a reaction position. We know he’s got the arm strength. We’ll have to see how it goes and how things transpire in spring training.

“There’s a reason why they call it the hot corner. He’ll probably have to play a little bit deeper and work from there.”

Samuel was surprised by the news about Tejada.

“He never really came across to me as a candidate to play third base, but we all know what kind of guy he is,” Samuel said. “He’s a good teammate, a good guy in the clubhouse, so we’re excited.”

Hitting coach Terry Crowley and pitching coach Rick Kranitz are thrilled to have Tejada back.

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