If the Orioles are going to add another player to their camp roster before pitchers and catchers report, it’s got to happen within the next few days.
A reliever and utility infielder remained on executive vice president Dan Duquette’s shopping list as he addressed the crowd at FanFest on Jan. 31. He wanted more depth in both areas.
Time also is running out for me to get rid of any items in my refrigerator that will spoil while I’m gone. I’ve come home to a few unintended science experiments. No one wants to see 50 shades of Grey Poupon.
Speaking of leftovers, I’ve got more quotes from Chris Tillman to pass along.
Tillman has allowed only two stolen bases in 13 attempts since the start of the 2013 season, one of the qualities that endears him to manager Buck Showalter, who demands that his pitchers control the running game.
Learn to hold runners, quicken the time to home plate, give the catchers a chance.
“When Buck came, I focused on it,” Tillman said. “Before, I didn’t really pay all that much attention to it. Just try to make the best pitch that I can and whatever happens with the runner happens with the runner. But once he put the video in front of us and the stats in front of us about runners advancing another 90 feet, as a pitcher that’s everything.
“You’re trying to limit the baserunners from getting into scoring position and they’re a single away from scoring and I think when you’re able to lock down the running game and focus on making your pitches, it’s a whole other tool in the toolbox, especially with the catchers we have. John Russell is one of the best catching coaches in the game, and working with (Matt) Wieters and (Nick) Hundley and Caleb (Joseph) last season, we have a lot of stuff on our side.”
Hundley is in Colorado, but Joseph could back up Wieters this season.
Tillman is glad that pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti are back in the fold.
“It’s a good feeling,” Tillman said. “I felt like coming into spring training last year that I had a pretty good feel for them. They came out to California, as you all know, to kind of get a feel for us and us to get a feel for them. I think that was huge.
“Let me tell you, these two guys keep you on your toes every day. They’re out there and they do a good job of keeping it loose as far as the starting staff goes, and I think that goes a long way in this game.
“It gets stressful, you have your ups and you have your downs, but these guys are nice and steady. It’s a pleasure to be around them.”
Tillman feels the same about Triple-A Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin, who again will serve as an instructor in spring training.
“They’re on the same page,” Tillman said. “They’re three peas in a pod.”
Shameless plug alert: I’m calling into MLB Network’s “Hot Stove” show today at 9:15 a.m., and I’m back in studio tonight for the “Hot Stove Show” on 105.7 The Fan.
I’ll gladly take the extra heat with more snow in the forecast.