SARASOTA, Fla. - Here are a few more items from today’s workout. Later, I’ll post comments from pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada, who’s meeting with reporters at 2:30 p.m.
Double-A Bowie catcher Caleb Joseph has reported to camp.
I watched Zach Britton throw off flat ground, moving back from 60 to 90 to 120 feet - him, not me - and later simulating his delivery, and he didn’t hold back. It wasn’t maximum effort, but he was bringing some heat.
“Both of those guys (Britton and Jim Johnson) are where they need to be,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Pitchers threw live batting practice, but the hitters weren’t swinging. They just tracked the ball.
Among the pitchers throwing were Jake Arrieta, Kevin Gregg, Jason Hammel, Dana Eveland, Brad Bergesen, Darren O’Day, Matt Lindstrom, Pedro Strop, Alfredo Simon and Zach Phillips.
J.J. Hardy “batted” from the left side against O’Day.
More from Showalter on Wada:
“The first step was making sure there was nothing structurally wrong. Once we made that determination, we can go in there and help him speed up the process.
“In the past, I think he’s probably tried to throw through it. This is a guy who’s going to pitch at 31 this year who knows his elbow and knows his arm, and we’re going to trust him. It’s not some uncharted territory for him, with some of the same things he’s feeling, so we’ll trust the way he managed that and we’ll help him along the way with it.
“The good news is we’re getting it out of the way early.”
Showalter was pleased to find out that Brian Roberts ran sprints today with Brady Anderson. He missed it while moving from field to field.
“I was just talking to him and he seemed pretty upbeat,” Showalter said.
Showalter called Anderson “an asset that we’re trying to take advantage of.”
“I know the players appreciate him because he cares,” Showalter said. “Brady loves the Orioles. He just wants us to do well and he’s a get-it-done guy. There’s no agenda. Send him out there and it’s, ‘What do you need done? I’ll take care of it.’ The only thing you’ve ever got to do with Brady is put a rein on him now and then because he’s all in.
“I can call him any time of the day and he answers in two rings. ‘What can I do?’ We’ve had some little small fires with some different stuff, whether it be the facility or whatever, and Brady can take care of it. And the players respect him. He’s very easy for them to talk to. At the same time, he’s not necessarily a sympathetic ear. He doesn’t have an agenda. He’ll tell them some things they don’t want to hear. He seems to enjoy it sometimes.”