They aren’t due to join pitchers and catchers until the end of the week.
Nick Markakis, who sat out during the postseason with a broken hand, has been in Sarasota since early January. Guys like Nolan Reimold, Brian Roberts and Manny Machado have been eager to log some early hours in the batting cage.
After getting a taste of playoff baseball in 2012, the Birds are hopeful to return for an even deeper run this fall. Like last season, they have their doubters, but this team feeds off the “us against the world” storyline.