Notes: Orr unsure if he made the cut
Veteran infielder hoping to land backup job for third year
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As he grabbed his bag and headed toward the bus on Wednesday morning at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex, Pete Orr said he still hadn't been given any indication of where he'll be playing next week.
"You guys [in the media] probably know more than I do," Orr said after being asked if he'd gained a sense of whether he'll begin the season on the Braves' 25-man roster.
Braves manager Bobby Cox likely won't announce his 25-man roster until the conclusion of Saturday's exhibition game against the White Sox at Turner Field. But as of now, it looks like Orr will be starting his third straight season as one of the Atlanta's utility infielders.
When camp began, it looked like Orr, who has options, would be the odd man out. Chris Woodward and Willy Aybar were the favorites to win the two available utility infielder spots.
But since that time, Aybar has fallen into disfavor and given reason to question his dedication.
Visa problems forced Aybar to miss 10 days of workouts, and with his right hand still preventing him from facing right-handed pitchers, it appears that the switch-hitting infielder is destined to begin the season on the disabled list.
With Aybar out of the picture, Orr has been given numerous opportunities to prove that he can be much better than he was last year, when he hit .253 in the regular season. With two singles in Wednesday afternoon's 8-3 win over the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla., he raised his Grapefruit League batting average to .375 (15-for-40).
Orr's primary competition for the final available utility infielder spot appears to be Martin Prado and Yunel Escobar. Neither has vast experience at each of the three infield positions, and the Braves would like to see them have the opportunity to continue enhancing their skills via regular playing time at the Minor League level.
Cormier's questionable status: Before Wednesday's game, Cox said that Lance Cormier's sore right shoulder would likely prevent him from making his scheduled appearance against the White Sox on Saturday. But Cox didn't rule out the possibility of Cormier being able to make his first scheduled regular-season start.
Cormier, who experienced some soreness under his right armpit during Monday's start against the Astros, had emerged as the favorite to win the final spot in the rotation. Because of an off-day in the first week of the season, he wouldn't have to make his first start for Atlanta until April 8.
If Cormier is forced to start the season on the disabled list, the Braves would likely go with Kyle Davies, who had some major first-inning control issues in Wednesday's game against the Mets. But he rebounded quickly enough to complete a five-inning effort during which he allowed three earned runs, surrendered four hits and issued three walks.
After walking the first three batters of the game, Davies was fortunate to get a double play and escape the first inning having given up just two runs. The only other run he surrendered came in the second, when Jose Reyes produced a two-out RBI single that scored Endy Chavez, who had reached on a bunt single.
Langerhans removed: Before he left for Wednesday's game, Ryan Langerhans was excited about the fact that his left throwing arm had gotten into shape a little quicker than it had in previous years. About four hours later, he was feeling some minor discomfort in his right forearm.
After getting hit with a pitch in the first, Langerhans was removed with what the Braves said was just a bruised forearm. He is listed as day-to-day.
As long as he doesn't experience further swelling or stiffness, there's a good chance that Langerhans will be the starting left fielder in Monday's season opener against the Phillies in Philadelphia. While showing more aggression at the plate than he did last year, he's hit .370 (17-for-46) and produced a .565 slugging percentage this spring.
"Early on, and during the middle part of spring, I was probably striking out a little too much," Langerhans said. "But the last week, week and a half, I've been able to cut down on those and kind of keep my average in the same spot."
Through his first 30 at-bats, Langerhans had struck out 12 times and still produced a .400 batting average. In the 16 at-bats that have followed, he's struck out five times and registered just one extra-base hit.
Disney celebrates: Wednesday marked the 10-year anniversary of the first game the Braves played at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex. To commemorate the event and the growth they've since experienced, Disney hosted an event attended by Braves pitcher Tim Hudson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shelton Quarles and former Louisiana State University quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who could be the first selection in April's NFL Draft.
Like the Braves, the Buccaneers use the Disney facilities as their preseason training headquarters.
Up next: The Braves will conclude their Grapefruit League season on Thursday, when they host the Indians at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex at 1:05 p.m. ET. Hudson will work three or four innings in what will be his final preparation for the regular season. Fausto Carmoma will start for Cleveland.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.