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Wednesday Bird Droppings

In today's Droppings: Tillman's hip is much better (so they say), Ubaldo was better in 2015, Kim likes to laugh, and more.

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Happy Wednesday, Camden Chatters! Do you feel better now that there has been one spring training game? Mark your calendars for March 8th, because on that day the Orioles will be on television. We are now 33 days from Opening Day. If you don't know who wore number 33 for the Orioles, you need to bone up on your Orioles history. I'll expect a written report by Friday.

Now, links!

Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman throws 25-pitch bullpen session to test hip injury - Baltimore Sun
I've never heard of a precautionary cortisone shot, but Tillman got one. I know it's early in ST, but this Tillman hip injury seems like a bad omen.

Who Is A Better Fit For The Orioles: Jay Bruce, Austin Jackson Or Pedro Alvarez? | Press Box Online
The Orioles have been linked to all three of these players to fill the void left when they were spurned by Dexter Fowler. Which one is the best fit?

Reuniting With Nick Markakis Makes Sense For Orioles | Baltimore Sports Report
Many Camden Chatters think it would be a terrible idea to trade for Markakis. Here is an alternate viewpoint.

Ubaldo Jimenez's Adjustments Keyed An Improved 2015 - Camden Depot
A breakdown of why Jimenez was better last year than in 2014. Hopefully it was the start of a trend and 2016 will be his best season yet as an Oriole.

Beating the Yankees Was Their Four-te | Roar from 34
Bud Norris and Mike Flanagan each had a season where they beat the Yankees four times without a loss. You don't hear those two names in the same sentence very often.

Baltimore Orioles Jack of All Trades Ryan Flaherty - Baltimore Wire
This guy does not like Ryan Flaherty. But he hit a dinger yesterday! J.J. Hardy says he could hit 20.

Orioles' Hyun Soo Kim admits to jitters in Grapefruit League debut - Baltimore Orioles- ESPN
There are some important facts in this article. First, Buck Showalter likes that Hyun Soo Kim laughs a lot. I will like that too as long as he plays well. Second, Kim likes the spicy chicken sandwich from Chick-Fil-A. Good call.

Bowie Baysox to continue Manny Machado bobblehead series with Minion-themed doll - Baltimore Sun
Last year it was Manny Claus, this year it's a Mannyion. Sadly there is no picture of this bobblehead. Will he be yellow?

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have three Orioles birthday buddies. All are relatively recent players. Third baseman Leo Gomez, who was a favorite of young Stacey, turns 50 today. Outfielder Jay Gibbons, who once hit a foul ball that hit his own wife in the stands, turns 39. And pitcher Bud Norris, who will always be remembered fondly for his 2014 season, turns 31.