Working out the 40-man roster

I'm heading to Camden Yards this morning for the workout that precedes opening day. Don't try to stop me.

The weather may force the Orioles indoors for batting practice. As long as the clubhouse still has a roof over it, the media will be perfectly fine.

I'll check on Nick Markakis, who was scratched from yesterday's lineup due to neck stiffness. I'll check on Nelson Cruz, who took an Alex Cobb curveball off his batting helmet during Thursday's game against the Rays.

I'll check on Tommy Hunter to see whether he's heard the word "closer" while chatting with manager Buck Showalter.

Fans keep asking me if Showalter has announced a closer. I don't think he's going to offer that kind of confirmation. But I'd expect Hunter to start warming if the Orioles have a slim lead in the ninth inning on opening day.

Showalter told reporters in Norfolk that the Orioles would make room for Delmon Young and Evan Meek on the 40-man roster by designating two players for assignment. The 60-day disabled list won't be used, which surprised me. That's a simple solution.

Here's the current 40-man roster, which includes Troy Patton, who's on the restricted list:

Pitchers
Mike Belfiore
Tim Berry
Brad Brach
Zach Britton
Dylan Bundy
Wei-Yin Chen
Edgmer Escalona
Kevin Gausman
Miguel Gonzalez
Tommy Hunter
Ubaldo Jimenez
Steve Johnson
Brian Matusz
T.J. McFarland
Bud Norris
Darren O'Day
Troy Patton
Josh Stinson
Chris Tillman
Ryan Webb
Suk-min Yoon

Catchers
Steve Clevenger
Michael Ohlman
Matt Wieters

Infielders
David Adams
Michael Almanzar
Chris Davis
Ryan Flaherty
J.J. Hardy
Steve Lombardozzi
Manny Machado
Jonathan Schoop
Jemile Weeks

Outfielders
Nelson Cruz
Adam Jones
David Lough
Nick Markakis
Steve Pearce
Francisco Peguero
Nolan Reimold
Henry Urrutia

Could Belfiore be in jeopardy? What about Adams or Escalona, who is injured and headed to the disabled list?

Stay tuned.

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