Roch Around The Clock

February 25, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO | ROCH KUBATKO,Sun Reporter

Orioles hitting coach Terry Crowley can always be found in the outdoor batting cage after spring training workouts in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., soft-tossing to guys who want to take some extra swings.

He's trying to learn all the new hitters, but it's challenging with players spread out on the main field and two back fields.

Crowley hasn't seen enough of Jon Knott yet to provide a thorough scouting report, but he says: "He's big and strong. From the little I've seen so far and the reports I've gotten, he looks good. He brings a lot of things to the table."

Crowley is eager to see what Knott can do once the games begin. So are a lot of us.

Brandon Fahey said he gained about 15 pounds during the winter without changing his diet or workout regime.

He's still skinny, but he's now wider than a flagpole, and I consider that progress.

Danys Baez looked like he'd pose a danger Friday. He was pretty wild, at separate times causing Nick Markakis, Corey Patterson and Jay Gibbons to spin out of the way.

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