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Spring Training Primer: Ondrusek’s ankle, intrasquad info, Andino’s absence, small camp

What’s happening: The Orioles are playing two intrasquad games — Tuesday and Wednesday — this week. Their first Grapefruit League game is Friday at Lakeland, Fla., against the Detroit Tigers.

Manager Buck Showalter hasn’t announced who’ll be pitching versus the Tigers, but anticipates that nearly everyone will pitch in the two intrasquad games. Right-handers Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright will start Tuesday’s contest.

What’s happened: RHP Logan Ondrusek (pictured above) has a right ankle injury that occurred in a collision during drills Saturday. Ondrusek’s ankle is taped, and he hopes to miss just a few days. He’s competing for a long-relief role.

“It’s been a while since I’ve done it this bad, but it’s nothing I haven’t done before. I’m older now than what I used to be, so it’s going to take a day or two extra. We also have to be smart because it’s not even March yet, and the goal is to be ready for Opening Day — and then some,” Ondrusek said.

What’s up with: Robert Andino, who’s trying to make the Orioles as a non-roster infielder, left camp to deal with a family issue, and the team isn’t sure when he’ll return.

What they’re saying: “Today he wanted to play in both intrasquad games. I thought that was kind of revealing. A lot of things that we knew were going to be a challenge for him that he overcame that aren’t this year. I think it bodes well for his potential. I think he’s got another level he can go to,” Showalter on South Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, who is entering his second major league season.

What’s the number? 54. That’s how many players the Orioles have in big league camp, which Showalter says is the fewest in the majors.

Rich Dubroff covers the Orioles for PressBoxOnline.com. Read more of his stories here.



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