SARASOTA, Fla. -- Manager Frank Robinson said yesterday that he will ask Randy Milligan and Glenn Davis to spend some time in left field this spring, but said that he would not force anyone to play an uncomfortable position.
"I'm going to talk to both of them," he said. "If they are absolutely opposed to the idea, I won't force it on anybody. But I'll ask them to take some fly balls out there in case we have an emergency situation."
Milligan probably won't argue the point. The more versatile he is, the more at-bats he's likely to get. Davis also has said he'll do whatever he's asked to do, but told reporters at a winter news conference that he wants to play first base full time.
* The first few days of spring training normally are reserved for pitcher and catcher workouts, but a handful of position players have received permission to report early because they are coming back from injuries.
The Orioles had to get clearance from the American League office to bring Dwight Evans, Milligan, Juan Bell, Luis Mercedes, David Segui, Jeff McKnight and Brady Anderson to camp. Evans, Milligan, Anderson and Segui already are taking part in unstructured workouts.
"It's going to be a tough camp," Milligan said, "so I wanted to get in here and make sure my arm's OK. This will give me a chance to work the knots out of it."
Milligan missed nearly two months of play after he separated his shoulder Aug. 7 in a home-plate collision with Oakland Athletics catcher Ron Hassey.
* Left-hander Paul Kilgus is looking forward to the opportunity to compete for a job, especially after getting into just 11 games for the Toronto Blue Jays last year.
"It's frustrating when you don't get a chance," he said. "There were times when I was throwing as well as I ever have and there just wasn't a job for me there."
The Orioles figure to give him a long look, considering their lack of left-handed pitching depth.