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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Brian Graham, the Orioles' director of player development, has won this year's Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award presented by Minor League Baseball for meritorious service in player development. Graham, 53, rejoined the Orioles in 2008 as a special assignment coach in the minors and in 2009 became coordinator of minor league instruction. He was promoted to development director before last season. He has spent 32 years in professional baseball, including six with the Orioles. In 2000, he was part of Mike Hargrove's coaching staff.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
CHICAGO -- Orioles minor league catcher Alex Murphy suffered an injury to his left shoulder over the weekend that likely will end his season at short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Murphy, a Calvert Hall graduate, has been diagnosed with a left shoulder subluxation. He suffered the injury to his non-throwing shoulder while diving into second base on a pickoff play Friday. He left that game and hasn't played since. An MRI was performed on the shoulder this week, and player development director Brian Graham said it showed “some minor changes.” The MRI is still being evaluated by team doctors, Graham said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2013
Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy remains shelved after experiencing right elbow and forearm tightness in late March. He has yet to throw off a mound and is instead doing strengthening exercises at the club's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla. There is no set timetable for when he will pitch in his first minor league game this season at Double-A Bowie. Orioles director of player development Brian Graham said the 20-year-old Bundy is not feeling any lingering soreness, but the club is purposely taking it slowly with him. "We are being cautious," Graham said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
Dylan Bundy's fast track to the majors during his first full pro season in 2012 might have some thinking that the Orioles top prospect will return to the big leagues sooner rather than later. But as Bundy prepared to pitch for the Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds on Saturday -- his second start since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery -- the Orioles made clear that they will bring the 20-year-old right-hander along carefully. “This season is a rehab process,” Orioles player development director Brian Graham said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
TORONTO -  Stuck in Sarasota, Fla., since the beginning of spring training while recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will take a major step in his comeback Friday, when he is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment at High-A Frederick. Machado, 21, played in his third extended spring training game on Tuesday, and he is scheduled to play seven innings at third base Wednesday in Sarasota before traveling north on Thursday.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Covering Buck Showalter is often an eye opener. His reputation of being exceptionally prepared and detail-oriented is usually right on. Case in point: Monday's schedule, looming bad weather and Showalter's shell game to try and guarantee that Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will pitch four or five innings. The forecast is calling for rain all day in the Sarasota area, but prospects are a little better for some sun further south on the West Coast of Florida.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
TORONTO -- Third baseman Manny Machado appeared in his fourth and final extended spring training game Wednesday afternoon in Sarasota, Fla. He played seven innings at third base and was 3-for-4 with three singles. Machado is scheduled to travel north to Baltimore on Thursday, and he is set to play nine innings at third base in his first minor league rehabilitation game Friday at High-A Frederick. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that Machado will likely remain at Frederick through the weekend, but he wouldn't divulge the next step on his minor league rehab assignment.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
CHICAGO -- Orioles minor league catcher Alex Murphy suffered an injury to his left shoulder over the weekend that likely will end his season at short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Murphy, a Calvert Hall graduate, has been diagnosed with a left shoulder subluxation. He suffered the injury to his non-throwing shoulder while diving into second base on a pickoff play Friday. He left that game and hasn't played since. An MRI was performed on the shoulder this week, and player development director Brian Graham said it showed “some minor changes.” The MRI is still being evaluated by team doctors, Graham said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2013
The Orioles have hired former Texas Rangers first base coach Dave Anderson as their new minor league infield instructor, the club announced Wednesday. Anderson will replace Matt Martin, who was in the role for just one season and was not retained for 2014. Anderson served as the Rangers' first-base coach last season, and he was the club's third-base coach for four seasons prior to that. He was also Texas' major league infield coach. His contract was not renewed by the Rangers at the end of the 2013 season.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
Left-handed pitcher Travis Seabrooke, the Orioles' fifth round pick last year out of a Canadian high school, tore the ACL in his right knee and had season-ending surgery Monday. Initially targeted for the Short-A Aberdeen rotation, Seabrooke will not pitch this season, but he should be back within the next year. "It is quite a lengthy recovery with those injuries, but hopefully next year at this time he'll be 100 percent healthy and ready to go,” Orioles player development director Brian Graham said.  Seabrooke, 18, signed last summer for a $291,800 bonus and pitched in three games, two starts, for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles in 2013.
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
In recent years, the Orioles' first-round draft picks haven't required much seasoning before they arrived on Eutaw Street. Manny Machado was up just over two years after his selection in 2010, while Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman, the club's last two first-round picks, each reached the majors in their first full seasons. But in last year's amateur draft, the team's two first-round selections - pitcher Hunter Harvey and outfielder Josh Hart - represent the kind of high-ceiling, long-lead developmental projects rarely seen in the Orioles system.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
Left-handed pitcher Travis Seabrooke, the Orioles' fifth round pick last year out of a Canadian high school, tore the ACL in his right knee and had season-ending surgery Monday. Initially targeted for the Short-A Aberdeen rotation, Seabrooke will not pitch this season, but he should be back within the next year. "It is quite a lengthy recovery with those injuries, but hopefully next year at this time he'll be 100 percent healthy and ready to go,” Orioles player development director Brian Graham said.  Seabrooke, 18, signed last summer for a $291,800 bonus and pitched in three games, two starts, for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles in 2013.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
TORONTO -- Third baseman Manny Machado appeared in his fourth and final extended spring training game Wednesday afternoon in Sarasota, Fla. He played seven innings at third base and was 3-for-4 with three singles. Machado is scheduled to travel north to Baltimore on Thursday, and he is set to play nine innings at third base in his first minor league rehabilitation game Friday at High-A Frederick. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that Machado will likely remain at Frederick through the weekend, but he wouldn't divulge the next step on his minor league rehab assignment.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
TORONTO -  Stuck in Sarasota, Fla., since the beginning of spring training while recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will take a major step in his comeback Friday, when he is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment at High-A Frederick. Machado, 21, played in his third extended spring training game on Tuesday, and he is scheduled to play seven innings at third base Wednesday in Sarasota before traveling north on Thursday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz is available for today's series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays after being bedridden the past two days with an illness that included a brief stay in a local hospital. Matusz said he first felt sick Friday morning, and that afternoon he went to a local hospital, where he received IV fluids and wasn't released until late at night. "I think that was just to get on IVs and make sure everything was OK and make sure that it wasn't a stomach problem,” Matusz said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Covering Buck Showalter is often an eye opener. His reputation of being exceptionally prepared and detail-oriented is usually right on. Case in point: Monday's schedule, looming bad weather and Showalter's shell game to try and guarantee that Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will pitch four or five innings. The forecast is calling for rain all day in the Sarasota area, but prospects are a little better for some sun further south on the West Coast of Florida.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2013
Orioles top prospect Dylan Bundy has been shut down after experiencing some mild elbow tightness in his throwing arm. "He's going to rest it for a few more days until it goes away, and we expect that to be in a couple of days and then at that point he would resume his throwing," Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. "He's had some tightness for a couple of days. I think it came to light last week. " Duquette said Bundy complained of the tightness a few days after his final minor league spring start. Bundy had an MRI taken on the elbow and the results were negative, showing mild tightness in a muscle in the area of his elbow.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
Dylan Bundy's fast track to the majors during his first full pro season in 2012 might have some thinking that the Orioles top prospect will return to the big leagues sooner rather than later. But as Bundy prepared to pitch for the Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds on Saturday -- his second start since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery -- the Orioles made clear that they will bring the 20-year-old right-hander along carefully. “This season is a rehab process,” Orioles player development director Brian Graham said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
The Orioles believed they might get a steal when they drafted left-handed pitcher Tim Berry in the 50th round of the 2009 first-year player draft. And so far, it looks that way. Berry's draft stock dropped dramatically after he tore the ulnar collateral ligament as a high school senior and was bound for Tommy John surgery. But the Orioles took a chance on Berry, giving him a reported $125,000 signing bonus, and now the club's investment is paying off. The Orioles will likely add Berry, who is now 22, to the organization's 40-man roster today in order to protect him from being taken in next month's Rule 5 draft.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Brian Graham, the Orioles' director of player development, has won this year's Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award presented by Minor League Baseball for meritorious service in player development. Graham, 53, rejoined the Orioles in 2008 as a special assignment coach in the minors and in 2009 became coordinator of minor league instruction. He was promoted to development director before last season. He has spent 32 years in professional baseball, including six with the Orioles. In 2000, he was part of Mike Hargrove's coaching staff.
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