Koji Uehara threw off a mound for the first time yesterday at the club's minor league complex, which is located about 15 minutes from Ed Smith Stadium.
"I'm feeling good," Uehara said through his interpreter, Jiwon Bang.
When I asked about Uehara's hamstring, he replied, "So far, so good." A smile creased his face. He knows it won't be the last time we're checking on his health.
Uehara said he hasn't talked to manager Dave Trembley or anyone in the front office about moving to the bullpen.
"My goal this year is to stay in the major leagues the whole season, so we'll see what happens," he said.
"It's all about the team, the team's philosophy. As long as the team wants me to do that..."
The home clubhouse here is bigger than my townhouse. The Orioles' retired numbers hang from the orange walls. It's very impressive.
Spend five minutes here and you'll understand why the Orioles feel invigorated by the move. And I'm not referring only to the players. From top to bottom.