Roberts, Millwood & Other Musings: Twins-Orioles
The clubhouse will open at 2 p.m. today, and as usual I’ll
have the lineups on here and Twitter
as soon as possible. Before
looking ahead to tonight’s game against the Twins, I wanted to go back to last
night’s game, which I caught on MLB Network. (Ok, I only watched Brad Bergesen.
Although looking at the box score, I didn’t miss much else on my day off.)
Bergesen was disappointed
but it’s important to note that he hasn’t thrown in a game situation since July
30. Assuming he’s healthy -and there’s every indication that’s the case – O’s
fans should give him a few starts before any panic sets in.
Kevin Millwood will start tonight’s game in Fort Myers and
it will be interesting to see if he spends the start working on his fourth-best
pitch again. For the sake of time and storylines, I hope not.
Millwood will be opposed by Scott Baker with Francisco
Liriano, Jon Rauch, Matt Guerrier, Mike Maroth, Brian Duensing and Rob Delaney
also slated to pitch. While the Orioles camp has been pretty quiet (minus the
B-Rob stuff) the Twins are reeling from what will likely be the loss of closer
Joe Nathan. Eesh.
Speaking of closers, Mike Gonzalez is scheduled to throw
again on Friday. Koji Uehara, Jim Johnson and Alberto Castillo are slated to appear
in tonight’s game. Trembley told reporters yesterday that he was going to try to stretch Koji out, so he might go more than one inning.
Roberts is supposed to be reevaluated today, so hopefully we
will have an update on that situation later today.
*Also, the team will play a “B” squad game this Sunday at 10 a.m. vs the Pirates at Pirate City in Bradenton. No word on officially who will be making that trip, but you can probably do your best to guess.