Roch around the clock

ROCH AROUND THE CLOCK

The Kickoff

February 21, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

The first full workout takes place today, but not until manager Sam Perlozzo gathers everyone in the clubhouse for the traditional speech. He's already making preparations, hoping to say all the right things. Not sure if he'll have a cheat sheet with him. Maybe cue cards would be better. And I always suggest starting off with a joke.

His goal for the first workout: "We'll try not to make 65 guys look like a fire drill." Fair enough.

Todd Williams remains shut down with soreness in his right shoulder, and Perlozzo said the reliever is "a ways away." But Perlozzo also keeps insisting that he doesn't believe it's serious. The good news is, with Williams being mostly a one-inning pitcher, the time off shouldn't put him behind. "It's not like you have to build him up," Perlozzo said.

The Orioles expect to have an announcement on reliever Aaron Rakers' magnetic resonance imaging test by today. They sent it to Baltimore on Saturday via FedEx, and a storm in Memphis, Tenn., delayed its arrival until today. A team physician received it just in time to catch a flight to - you guessed it - Fort Lauderdale. Weekends usually are the worst for getting MRI results, even without weather-related issues.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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