O's/Red Sox opener
Greetings from Fenway Park where the Orioles will take on the Red Sox in a three-game set that starts with Jeremy Guthrie tonight.
*I checked in with Adam Jones since a few of you were wondering if he hurt his arm when he tripped over home plate Wednesday night. He said he’s fine and the MASN cameras that showed him wincing and grabbing his arm was mainly because he locked his arms to try to catch his fall.
*Miguel Tejada is back and excited about it. I spoke with Miggi earlier and he said the adductor injury will be in the back of his mind a little while running tonight, but he’s as close to 100 percent as he’s going to get. His energy is a welcome lift for the O’s.
*Koji Uehara tossed one inning yesterday and will throw one inning tomorrow. After that he will confirm with pitching coach Rick Kranitz to get Koji going on some sort of rehab assignment.
*There’s no new update on Brian Roberts, but it’s looking more like weeks than days. Not good news for the O’s
*It’s no coincidence that Roberts’ absence has caused the O’s stolen bases to also disappear. Roberts has two of the club’s three swipes. Considering Boston struggles against speed (the Rays four-game sweep and the recent Rangers series are great examples) it’d be nice to see some of the Orioles try to steal a few bases. Trembley said he was “well aware” of what Texas did, and pointed to Friday’s leadoff man, Lou Montanez, as a potential stolen-base threat. He’s not lightning fast, but Trembley said Montanez has good baseball instincts.
*The Orioles are hoping Brad Bergesen (who makes his Triple-A debut Sunday) can get back on track in time to pitch May 1′s game. With the team’s off day yesterday and another one on Monday, May 1 is the first day they will need a fifth starter. While using a long man like Jason Berken or Mark Hendrickson is an option, it’s not ideal since both of those guys are pitching well in middle relief. And really, why mess with a good thing given that so many things are going wrong for this team?
As for bringing up Jake Arrieta, pitching coach Rick Kranitz didn’t rule out that possibility but he made it clear it’s not the preferred option. While Arrieta’s been dominant in Triple-A, he’s still young and the team would like to keep his development on track rather than “throwing him to the wolves” in that start against the Red Sox.
“We need Bergesen here,” Kranitz said. Yes, they do. They need some runs as well.
Lou Montanez LF
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Ty Wigginton 2B
Matt Wieters C
Nolan Reimold DH
Garrett Atkins 1B
Cesar Izturis SS
Jeremy Guthrie RHP
RED SOX LINEUP
Marco Scutaro SS
JD Drew RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Hermida LF
Josh Reddick RF
Jon Lester LHP
SO YOU’RE SAYING THERE’S A CHANCE?
The Orioles enter the series with Boston with each of their three starters having a lower ERA than the Sox pitcher they are facing…According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Orioles faced the Red Sox with each of their starters in the series having a lower ERA than Boston’s was June 10-12, 2008 when Daniel Cabrera (3.98) faced Josh Beckett (4.07), Garrett Olson (3.86) faced Bartolo Colon (3.91) and Jeremy Guthrie (3.40) faced Jon Lester (3.50)…The Sox won two of three in that series (Colon and Lester recorded wins).