SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have released pitcher Dennys Reyes for failure to report to camp.
That’ll do it.
Reyes was having visa issues and the club hadn’t been in contact with him. At least they’ve spoken to catcher Ronny Paulino, whose car showed up without him.
If you’re keeping tabs on the spring training roster, Paulino is a no-show, Reyes has been released, pitcher Ryan Edell retired and catcher Dane Sardinha failed his physical.
Reliever Jim Johnson threw another bullpen session today and is expected to pitch live batting practice twice this week before appearing in his first spring training game.
“It’s coming along,” he said. “A lot of it is just trying to get that timing back, trying to find the arm slot consistently. You throw three good ones and then you throw one that doesn’t feel right. You’ve just got to do the repetition. That’s it. Everything’s good. I think my curveball’s actually pretty good, which is a shocker. That’s usually the last thing to come around for me.
“All it is now is trying to get rhythm and arm slot. That’s the two things I’m working on.”
Johnson said he’s no longer receiving treatment on his lower back.
“Right now, I’m at the end of the rehab,” he said. “This is where the rehab stuff turns into a maintenance program, so it just works into my workouts and I work up in my workouts and kind of balance everything together with what I’m doing in the weight room.”
“This is like my mini-spring training. It doesn’t take me long. I’m right where I need to be. Even if I was on schedule with everybody else right now, it would probably be the same thing, working on little things.
“I don’t feel like lost that much time. We’re just starting our first game tomorrow.”
Coming up: Quotes from manager Buck Showalter. Really.