Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- John Parrish is trying to squeeze into the Orioles' crowded bullpen after missing last season because of another elbow surgery. Jamie Walker is assured of being one of the left-handers, leaving Parrish to vie with Kurt Birkins and Brian Burres. He remains confident he'll accompany the team north despite not pitching in the majors since June 2005.
How good are your chances of making the club? -- Very good, very good. I worked on slowing everything down, and I've been throwing a lot of strikes. That was my main goal in the offseason, to slow myself down and throw strikes.
What's the best part of spring training? -- The excitement. Coming in and seeing all the guys. Just the excitement of getting another year started.