Tall order for former Oriole

Tall order for former Oriole
January 12, 2013, 8:00 pm
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When the Orioles hold a minicamp this week at Camden Yards — minicamps in baseball! — a familiar name will be trying to show them he still has life left in his arm.

Former Oriole/power forward Mark Hendrickson will join O’s pitchers on the roster, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports. Hendrickson, 38, didn’t pitch in the majors last year. The 6-foot-9 left-hander made eight relief appearances for the Orioles in 2011. He pitched in 113 games, nearly all in relief, over three seasons with Baltimore.

Hendrickson now throws sidearm, Kubatko writes, an interesting style for a guy who is literally NBA size. (Hendrickson played four seasons in the NBA with four teams.)

*And now for the latest episode of “As the Napoli Turns.”

Free-agent first baseman Mike Napoli had agreed to a deal with the Red Sox last month for three years and $39 million. But that was before Boston discovered Napoli had a hip problem in his past. Since then, the two sides have been in talks to come up with another agreement. Now comes word that the Red Sox want to change it to a one-year contract.

Former MLB executive turned commentator Jim Bowden tweeted: “Red Sox would like to shorten their deal with Napoli to one-year to make sure the hip will be ok for 2 or 3 seasons without a lot of DL time.”