A few early notes from camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Though the Orioles have reached agreement with south Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon on a three-year contract, he won't be reporting to the Ed Smith Stadium complex today.

It may take a while. One estimation placed his arrival at seven to 10 days, assuming he passes the physical. He probably will need to go back home.

As I wrote previously, I've heard from multiple sources that the Orioles are trying to sign two pitchers. Don't assume that Yoon will be the only one.

The Orioles have a lot of early arrivals at camp this morning, including first baseman Chris Davis and center fielder Adam Jones.

Players weren't taking any chances with the blizzard conditions and storms that have complicated air travel. A few Orioles may be late for Friday's first official workout.

Davis took batting practice, participated in a fielding drill and worked out in the outfield, joking that he was going to be used in a "super utility" role this season.

Henry Urrutia took batting practice today after attending last month's mini-camp. He's been living in Sarasota.

Dylan Bundy has twice thrown from 120 feet as he continues his recovery from last year's ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. He will need to progress to 180 feet before being cleared to throw off a full mound at the end of March.

Wei-Yin Chen performed more agility and fielding drills today and reported no issues with his right knee. He underwent surgery in October to have bone spurs removed from it.

"My knee is pretty good now," Chen said through an interpreter. "I do PFP and running and I didn't feel anything, any pain, so it's going pretty well.

"I'm not 100 percent ready to be pitching yet, but it's going pretty well. I've been in the bullpen a couple times, trying to get a feel for my pitches and trying to be ready for the start of spring training."

Chen was 7-7 with a 4.07 ERA in 23 starts last season. He missed two months with a strained oblique, but continued to pitch with some discomfort in the knee.

"Before the surgery, while I was doing some weight training or running, I'd feel a little pain in the knee," Chen said. "Now, after surgery, I don't feel that pain anymore. It's pretty good."

As usual, fans are invited to watch the workouts on the back fields each day until March 1, when home games begin. There's no charge to attend and free parking is available in the East Lot off 12th St. and Tuttle Ave.

Pitchers and catchers will take the field at approximately noon today. The Orioles will work out from approximately 9:15 a.m. - noon each day thereafter leading up to the first home game against the Blue Jays on March 1.

The first full team workout will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

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