Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said Friday that he’s asked Jiwon Bang, Koji Uehara’s interpreter, to prepare a English-to-Japanese dictionary of baseball terms. That way, Trembley can study up on key words and streamline his mound conferences with Uehara.
Thus far in Spring Training, the Orioles have used veteran utilityman Jolbert Cabrera — who spent two seasons in Japan’s Pacific League — as an interpreter on the mound. In the long run, Trembley said it’s paramount to find a common ground.
“He’s been great with me and his interpreter is a real plus,” said Trembley. “We’ve got to do what we can do to make the guy feel comfortable here. That’s the least we can do. We all agree on that. I would want the same courtesy extended to me if I went there.”
The Orioles got George Sherrill through all of the day’s activities on Thursday, but Scott Chiasson remained home while suffering with a virus. Kam Mickolio also missed practice with a groin strain, but Baltimore has been fairly healthy thus far.
Jolbert Cabrera made it to Fort Lauderdale a little bit later than expected but will likely practice Friday. There is no update on the visa cases of Alfredo Simon and Felix Pie, but manager Dave Trembley hopes they’ll make it to camp without much further delay.
“I don’t know when he’s going to get here. I haven’t been told,” Trembley said of Pie. “We’ve got time. Let’s get him here as soon as he can. Let’s get him into the program. Let’s get him comfortable in his new surroundings and let’s get him acclimated to his new teammates and coaches. There’s really not a whole lot I can say or do about it until he gets here.”
The Orioles had just three players missing from their first full-squad workout: Pitcher Alfredo Simon, outfielder Felix Pie and utilityman Jolbert Cabrera. Both Simon and Pie have visa problems and have uncertain arrival dates, while Cabrera is expected later in the day.
Pie, who was acquired from the Cubs for Garrett Olson earlier this winter, is expected to log most of the starts in left field versus right-handed pitchers. Simon, meanwhile, was expected to compete for a long relief job and could have his bid impacted by missing time.
“We don’t know. Same thing with Simon,” said Andy MacPhail, Baltimore’s president of baseball operations, regarding team expectations for Pie’s arrival. “You never know exactly how those things are going to play out.”
Cabrera, yet another of the team’s many candidates for a reserve infield job, was supposed to land in Fort Lauderdale early Thursday morning. The veteran will have to undergo a physical examination before he can be cleared to practice with the rest of the team.