Izturis signing official

It's been weeks since the Orioles confirmed that they reached a verbal agreement on a one-year contract with infielder Cesar Izturis. Well, Izturis finally took and passed his physical, so the deal is official.

You can blow out your candle.

Izturis will serve in a utility role in 2011, backing up shortstop J.J. Hardy and second baseman Brian Roberts. Considering their past health issues, he might stay busy.

Let's hope not.

Izturis, 30, batted .230 in 150 games last season, his second with the club. He ranked second in fielding percentage (.985) and fifth in assists (382) and putouts (212) among American League shortstops.

First baseman Derrek Lee is taking his physical today.

No wonder I've had this uncontrollable urge to turn my head and cough.

Remember when you took a physical in high school and the doctor made you walk like a duck?

Or was that only at my high school?

I've said too much.

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