Even though Steve Clevenger (Mount St. Joseph) and Johnny Monell have experience playing elsewhere, don’t expect to see either anywhere but behind the plate this spring as they compete for the backup catching job.
Bench coach John Russell, a former big league catcher, “gave them a really stern reminder about how this thing is going to go,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “What you hit is nice, but we don’t want to lose anything defensively. Both of these guys, you’ve got to watch them. They might take a glove and get out in the infield or whatever, but John’s told them: ‘I don’t want you hanging out at first base, second base, shortstop. You’re a catcher.’ ”
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Outfielder Henry Urrutia will be shut down for the next two days because of a sore throwing shoulder. The club hopes the time off and anti-inflammatory medication will relieve the problem. … Left-hander Brian Matusz will start today’s game against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla. … Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will make his spring debut Friday at home against the Philadelphia Phillies. … Showalter said he will bring minor leaguer outfielder Mike Yastrzemski to Sunday’s road game against the Red Sox. He is the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski. … Outfielder Quintin Berry, who had been recovering from back spasms, entered Saturday’s game as a pinch runner and it expected to play today. … Right-hander Alfredo Aceves, who was away from the team for several days and returned Thursday, will make his spring debut Monday. … First baseman Chris Marrero tried throwing to test his oblique injury but still felt discomfort, and seems to be progressing slowly. Infielder Alexi Casilla (sore hamstring) is progressing, but still not close to returning.