The first day of workouts gave Orioles players one chance to break the club's facial-hair policy. That's it.
Relievers Jamie Walker and Chad Bradford sported full beards. Relievers George Sherrill and Ryan Bukvich wore goatees. And manager Dave Trembley wore a look of amusement that isn't going to last through the weekend.
A long-standing team rule allows only mustaches, and they can't extend past the corners of the mouth.
"I told them that I'm not old enough to play golf, but they have a mulligan today," Trembley said.
Trembley instructed clubhouse manager Jimmy Tyler to provide extra razors in the bathroom today. "That's about as nice as I can put it," he said.
Bukvich tried to play on Trembley's sympathies by noting that he has had a goatee since he was 15.
"You can grow it back again," Trembley replied.
Bradford took a different approach, saying that he thought the ban would be lifted once Trembley became the full-time manager. Trembley wasn't buying it.
"I said, `Who have you been talking to, [Kevin] Millar?' "