The O's roster picture
I’ve gotten a lot of emails and
Twitter messages about the O’s Opening Day roster. With the fifth starter
announcement coming later today, here’s how things are going to shake out. I’m
assuming that Koji will go to the disabled list, like he said yesterday.
Also, David Hernandez is expected to win the No. 5
spot over Chris Tillman. It makes sense for a variety of reasons. Hernandez
will fly home to the West Coast Wednesday for a family matter, and his next
scheduled start was moved from Friday to Saturday (which will probably be a
Minor League game.)
The backup catcher job should be announced soon as well. It’s between Chad Moeller and Craig Tatum.
Starters: Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen, David
Bullpen: Jason Berken,
Will Ohman, Cla Meredith, Matt Albers, Mark Hendrickson, Jim Johnson, Mike
Catchers: Matt Wieters, Tatum/Moeller
Infielders: Miguel Tejada, Brian
Roberts, Garret Atkins, Cesar Izturis, Ty Wigginton, Robert Andino
Outfielders: Nolan Reimold, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Felix Pie, Luke Scott.
OPENING DAY LINEUP: Roberts, Jones, Markakis, Tejada, Scott (DH), Wieters, Atkins, Pie, Izturis
*Sidenote for Reimold fans: He’s still going to play a lot, although he will platoon until he’s 100 percent. He’s been hitting the ball well since snapping the 0-for-22 skid and is running much, much better than the beginning of camp. Safe to say he won’t need a DL stint and will open as a platoon with Pie until that left Achilles is full throttle.