Orioles/Yankees lineups & pregame tidbits (updated)
*Derrek Lee will take some at-bats after Vladimir Guerrero today at DH. Lee could go on the trip to Ft. Myers Wednesday but it’s not definite yet. He did take infield work with the team pregame and manager Buck Showalter said if it was the regular season he could play.
*Top pitching prospect Zach Britton will get the start with right-hander Chris Tillman pitching at Twins Lakes Park in a Minor League game. Bullpen hopeful Josh Rupe is also slated to throw at Twin Lakes.
As I said on 105.7 this morning, there’s a chance both Tillman and Britton –in contention for the fifth starter spot — both start the season at Triple-A. The O’s don’t need a fifth starter until April 10 and they could start the season with an extra reliever. They could also stretch a guy like Rupe out enough to give them a spot start and buy them some more time. Or Justin Duchscherer –who is slated to throw a bullpen Wednesday — could have progressed enough by mid-April to give them a start. Duchscherer said the team has talked about him being ready by April 10, so it’s a definite option for them at this point.
There’s a whole bunch of things the Orioles could do and things are going to get interesting in the final week of camp. At this point, it would take two open spots for Britton to start the season in Baltimore. The O’s feel he can still work on some things in Triple-A and they don’t want to start his service clock.
*If you haven’t check out the story I did on pitching coach Mark Connor’s meeting with the five young starters, you can read it here. Definitely some interesting discussion going on.
*In addition to Tillman, Koji Uehara, Rupe and Kevin Gregg with all throw at Twin Lakes Park today. There’s two Minor League games going on and pitching coach Mark Connor is over there with them.
Uehara threw one inning against the Red Sox minor leaguers. He struck out one in the 12-pitch outing, throwing 11 strikes. Here’s a quote courtesy of the team’s Twitter feed: “Physically I felt real good. The elbow felt good.”
Gregg faced five batters and allowed two hits and a hit batter. He also struck out two, throwing 23 pitches, 16 strikes.
And here’s a quote from him: “I felt good today, I got my mechanics back to where they need to be.”
*Brendan Harris is going to be sidelined a few days after getting a minor surgical procedure done. Harris had something removed from his back, but it’s nothing to be alarmed about.
Here are the lineups…
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 3B
J.J Hardy SS
Jake Fox 1B
Zach Britton LHP Also slated to pitch: Clay Rapada, Michael Gonzalez and Jason Berken. Rapada and Gonzalez will go back-to-back today and Wednesday.
SP Zach Britton
Melky Mesa CF
Nick Swisher DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Andruw Jones RF
Jesus Montero C
Greg Golson LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ronnie Belliard 2B
Brandon Laird 3B
SP Sergio Mitre. Also scheduled to pitch: Joba Chamberlain, Mark Prior.