No restrictions, but Beliveau taking it slow

Left-hander is trying to land a spot in O's bullpen

No restrictions, but Beliveau taking it slow

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles bullpen hopeful Jeff Beliveau said Saturday that he doesn't have any restrictions in camp, though he will take Spring Training slow to ensure he recovers fully from the labrum surgery he underwent last April.

"My arm feels pretty good," said Beliveau, who was among the group of players who threw their first camp bullpens on Saturday. "Every step of the way, I've been on track. Haven't had a setback, knock on wood. Basically, I don't have any limitations, the training staff was telling me, basically just going to take it day by day. They're stressing going slow, not trying to push anything. They'd rather have me in the second half than have me in the first half and not at the end."

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Beliveau, who had a lighter session on Saturday than some others, said the toughest part of going slow will come later in camp.

"I think the biggest thing is when hitters get in there and you get that adrenaline going. I'm still going to go as much as I can go, but I think they mean trying to throw back-to-back days off the mound. They're going to take it slow as far as appearances and back-to-back appearances," he said. "Once the hitters get in there, it's the extra five percent when you're gearing up and you get that adrenaline going. I think that will be the true test, once the games start."

Beliveau has had success in the American League East while with the Rays, and he impressed O's manager Buck Showalter at minicamp even though the left-hander estimated he was throwing around 60 percent. Pitching coach Dave Wallace went to one of Beliveau's physical training sessions with him this winter, and he could be a nice addition to an already strong O's bullpen. In 2014, Beliveau pitched to a 2.63 ERA in 30 games with the Rays, and the 29-year-old is ready for a fresh start.

"Basically, I just want to come back to what I was and let these guys see me for what I am and what I can do," he said.

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