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It's almost that time of the year again, hangouters. The arbitration hearings have been settled and everyone has reported to the friendly confines of the Orioles Spring training complex in Sarasota, FL. Exhibition games will commence soon on Mar. 3rd which means it's time for me to post the Orioles Spring Training Tracker. The Orioles official camp roster is listed below with brief commentary on each player's outlook posted next to their name.

Red = Locks to make team barring injury or trade

Blue = Bubble players trying to earn those last few spots up for grabs in the bullpen and on the bench

Black = Everyone else. They are considered long shots or no shots to break camp with the O?s but that doesn't mean their outlook couldn't change as the Spring progresses.

This is where you can track all the spring training roster moves and get the latest info on all the players in camp.

Pitchers

75 Tim Berry LHP - OH's No. 12 prospect, Berry allowed a run over one inning of work today; Likely member of AAA rotation - 3/06

35 Brad Brach RHP - Assured of spot in 'pen after strong '14 performance; pitched well so far (4.1 IP, ER, 5 K) - 3/15

53 Zach Britton LHP - Fighting for a spot last year, Britton will likely continue to serve as closer in 2015 - 3/15

16 Wei-Yin Chen LHP - Chen throwing a new and improved change up this Spring; Buck impressed with his confidence in the pitch - 3/15

61 Jason Garcia - RHP - Rule V pick drew raves last month with upper 90's fastball; Has been limited to 3 IP due to hamstring issue but expected back soon 3/19

31 Kevin Gausman RHP - Has chance to cement rotation spot w/ strong spring; Worked on improving slider in today's outing - 3/15

50 Miguel Gonzalez RHP - Makes his next start on tomorrow; Will likely compete for back of rotation spot - 3/15

29 Tommy Hunter RHP - Competing with Brach for late innings relief work; Quietly had 1.86 ERA post-AS break in '14 - 3/15

31 Ubaldo Jimenez RHP - Allowed two runs in latest start (4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K); Buck is pleased with progress and work ethic - 3/19

17 Brian Matusz LHP - Favorite to land LOOGY role; Struck out four today, fastball sat around 90 MPH - 3/09

66 T.J. McFarland LHP - Last year's long man may get caught in numbers crunch with Ubaldo currently projected as long relief guy - 2/25

25 Bud Norris RHP - Heading into contract year; Made first start today; Struggled but said he just needs to get back into rhythm - 3/07

56 Darren O'Day RHP - Should return to setup role he's served the O's well in the last three seasons - 2/25

30 Chris Tillman RHP - Safe to assume Tillman will likely start opening day again this year; Pitched four solid innings with 5 K's today - 3/19

64 Logan Verrett - RHP - Both he and Garcia have presented themselves well and are expected to be around until the final days; Tough to keep them both, though- 3/19

58 Ryan Webb RHP - Sinkerballer still has an option which may work against him making team; Getting closer to pitching again after dealing with swelling in left knee - 3/12

63 Tyler Wilson - RHP - OH's No. 11 prospect; Polished strike-thrower who could get an early call; Tossed six scoreless innings this spring and has made a great impression with Buck - 3/13

40 Wesley Wright - LHP - No options; Coming off decent year w/ Cubs; Could give O's another LOOGY option in 'pen along with Matusz - 2/25

Non Roster Invitees

52 Steve Johnson RHP - Throwing well this spring following shoulder surgery; Sounds like he'll eventually be stretched out for spot in AAA rotation - 3/15

65 Chaz Roe - RHP - Journeyman type posted solid K/9 numbers at AAA last year; Likely depth option - 2/25

Catchers

45 Steve Clevenger - Faces uphill battle to break camp on the team, especially w/ an option remaining - 2/25

36 Caleb Joseph - Joseph still appears favorite to land backup catcher spot after strong rookie year behind the plate - 3/07

32 Matt Wieters - Hopes to be ready to catch on opening day; Has been shut down for a few days with tendinitis; Not considered a serious issue - 3/19

Non Roster Invitees

15 J.P. Arencibia - Veteran working hard to upgrade his defense; Making a positive early impression with Buck; Adds some depth to the catching competition - 3/04

60 Ryan Lavarnway - Longshot to break camp with team; Does have an intriguing bat; Will catch for Jimenez tomorrow - 3/07

Infielders

1 Everth Cabrera - Speedster looking to redeem himself after down year in SD; Impressing team with defensive versatility; Odds of making team have improve - 3/16

3 Ryan Flaherty - Flash not a lock to break camp with team with Cabrera and Paredes doing well; Being evaluated after stuck by pitch in the helmet today - 3/17

2 J.J. Hardy - Entering first year of contract extension; Taking on more of a leadership role with young guys this Spring which is good to hear - 3/07

13 Manny Machado - Continues to impress with how well recovered he looks from knee surgery; Said his legs "feel great" - 3/15

38 Jimmy Paredes - Continues to swing a hot bat (.478 AVG) and Buck has seen improvement in defense; Out-of-options so he may end up with a roster spot - 3/17

6 Jonathan Schoop - No news that his job at second base is in danger but obviously he will need to perform better this year if he breaks camp as the starter - 3/17

Non Roster Invitees

1 Paul Janish - Has been cleared to resume baseball activities; Expected to play next weekend; Utility type that likely provides depth at AAA - 3/13

Outfielders

12 Alejandro De Aza - The starting LF job is his to win; Been getting AB's in the leadoff spot as expected; Hit his 1st Spring HR vs TOR - 3/07

10 Adam Jones - In his prime and ready to produce at a high level again in 2015; Made some recent headlines with comments about front office - 3/04

9 David Lough - Expecting better from himself after being slowed by a concussion last Spring; Out-of-options, but not guaranteed anything yet - 2/25

28 Steve Pearce - Hit his 2nd spring HR today and batting .400 ; Looks ready to continue last season's breakout success at the plate - 3/15

23 Travis Snider - Still favorite to see bulk of time in RF; 3-for-4 game today raised gives him .318 AVG - 3/15

51 Henry Urrutia - Hit a deep HR to center today, something he and O's hope to see more of; Quietly having an impressive spring - 3/19

27 Delmon Young - DY could see expanded hitting role on team with Cruz out of picture; could get some reps in LF along with DH'ing - 2/25

Non Roster Invitees

79 Dariel Alvarez - Blasted 3-run homer in 9th today after impressive at bat; Club is high on him; Could be up with the O's at some point this year - 3/07

41 Chris Parmalee - Former Twins 1st rounder a longshot to make team but makes for an intriguing depth option at AAA - 2/25

14 Nolan Reimold - He's healthy; Buck predicted he'll impress this Spring; So far, he's 1-for-5 with 3 BB's - 3/07

Suspended to start year:

19 Chris Davis - Entering contract year; Has an exemption now for Vyvanse; Hitting 2013-esque opposite field HR's this spring which is encouraging - 3/20

Disabled List to start year:

None

Released

34 Mark Hendrickson - LHP - Granted his release today; served up 6 runs in 3 1/3 IP; O's maintain interested in adding him as a coach when he retires - 3/16

Reassigned to Minor League Camp:

Pitchers

49 Dylan Bundy RHP - Buck stated he will start season at AA; Big year coming up w/ only one option left; Fastball has been 91-94 MPH this Spring - 3/16

70 Dane De La Rosa - RHP - Veteran trying to rebound from ACL surgery; Had 2.86 ERA w/ Angels in 2013; Part of 1st round of cuts - 3/09

71 Oliver Drake - RHP - Finally made 40 man roster; Former Navy product part of 1st round of cuts and will likely close at AAA - 3/09

68 Eddie Gamboa RHP - Struggled with knuckleball command in both outings; pitch still work-in-progress; Optioned to AAA - 3/12

62 Hunter Harvey - RHP - OH's No. 2 prospect, Harvey drew rave reviews this Spring with Buck even saying he has chance to come up later this year; Will start at Frederick - 3/16

76 Chris Jones LHP - Another loogy type that could be called upon if needed this year; Sent to minor league as part of first wave of cuts - 3/09

73 Mike Wright RHP - Optioned to AAA today where he'll join Tides rotation; Impressed in relief stints; May have future role in O's 'pen where his fastball bumps mid-90's - 3/20

Catchers

74 Brian Ward - Has strong defensive reputation; Sent back to minor league camp during first wave of cuts; Likely a backup at AAA - 3/09

Infielders

67 Michael Almanzar - O's still like his potential which led them to reacquire him last August from Red Sox; Likely starting 3B at AA or AAA; Part of first round of cuts - 3/09

43 Rey Navarro - Optioned to AAA where he's expected to start at 2B; Good glove and potential bench option for O's down the road - 3/15

18 Christian Walker - OH's No. 7 prospect sent to minor league camp; Likely starting 1B at AAA - 3/16

Outfielders

48 Matt Tuiasosopo - Has some pop and gets on base but not much of a hitter; Reassigned to minor league camp - 3/15

Slade, you're my long-lost cousin.

Have a greenie.

Patrick (Oriole Fan From New York)

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While the transaction hasn't been made official yet, the beat writers are reporting that Wieters is expected to begin the season on the DL. He's not expected to be out long but the club feels he needs additional time to build up strength following recovery from TJ surgery.

As such, Caleb Joseph is the favorite to start in his absence and has been upgraded to a lock to make the team.

Steve Clevenger, J.P. Arencibia, and Ryan Lavarnway are in the mix to earn a spot on the roster as backup catcher while Wieters remains sidelined. All three have been upgraded to bubble players.

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Next wave of cuts are expected this Sunday

Parmalee, Alvarez, and Roe reassigned to minor league camp.

More cuts may be delayed pending results of Hardy's Monday MRA.

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For Ryan Webb, you state that he still has an option remaining. I do not believe this to be so. I think he is out of options.

Ah, right. Thank you for pointing that out. I've been meaning to edit that.

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We learned today that J.J. Hardy appears headed to the DL and the roster tracker has been updated accordingly. This news also likely opens the door Jimmy Paredes, Ryan Flaherty, and Everth Cabrera to make the team. No word yet on who has the inside track to start in place of Hardy at shortstop on opening day.

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The bullpen situation has become clearer with Logan Verrett being claimed by the Rangers and Ryan Webb passing through waivers and being out righted to Norfolk. Camp roster down to 34.

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Paul Janish and Jayson Nix were reassigned to minor league camp today. With those two out of the picture and Jimmy Paredes headed to the DL, Everth Cabrera and Ryan Flaherty are now locks to break camp with the team.

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