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Orioles continue search for designated hitter

Delmon Young had two hits in three at-bats and has been swinging a hot bat since the intrasquad games.

“When you bring in guys who’ve been around, they know the gig,’’ Showalter said. “They’re not waiting to get their timing. They come in here with that mentality that every day is a chance to make an impression.”

The same apparently goes for Steve Pearce, who also had a pair of hits in three at-bats.

Though the Orioles signed free agent Nelson Cruz, Showalter said there still is a job to be won for a right-handed hitter.

“(Delmon) can still make the club,” Showalter said. “Just like before, he can still be the DH against left-handed pitching just like it was before. Nothing has changed there. I’m still looking for that guy, because Nellie’s going to play (in left), against left-hand pitching at least.”

Update on Urrutia

Outfielder Henry Urrutia, who has been shut down for two days after experiencing soreness in his throwing arm, did not make the trip to Fort Myers on Sunday.

Urrutia said he first felt discomfort in his arm during Friday’s spring training opener against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte after making a throw to third base. He said he’s never experienced and pain in his shoulder in the past and that it doesn’t affect his swing at the plate.

“I feel better,” Urrutia said through first baseman Chris Marrero, who served as an interpreter for him. “I think it was just something where I didn’t stretch it or warm my arm up.”

The soreness isn’t considered to be serious, but he will be re-evaluated in a couple days after taking some anti-inflammatory medicine and resting his arm.

When Urrutia made his brief major league debut last season, he served exclusively as a designated hitter, but he’s been impressive in the outfield thus far this spring, something the Orioles need to see for him to make the 25-man roster after missing two baseball seasons in Cuba.

Around the horn

Pitcher Alfredo Aceves will pitch one inning on Monday and increase by an inning in each of his following two outings…Showalter discounted the seemingly rough outing by Eduardo Rodriguez on Sunday, citing some sketchy defense and a couple of ball-strike calls. “He had to get five outs in that inning,” Showalter said.

 

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