Other pregame notes
*If Koji Uehara continues to pitch as he has been, he will be on the team’s Opening Day bullpen.
“His velocity is where it was last year,” manager Buck Showalter said of Uehara, who has made two Minor League outigns and is slated to pitch in Sunday’s Major League game against the Red Sox.
“There’s not a pitch he can’t throw. He’s thrown a lot of splits. We had to keep out there yesterday so he could get his pitches. He’s in a good spot if we continue to take this every other day. We’re not going to be able to give him the back to back down here. That’s the exception. It may be in the season. If he stays where he is now, we’ll take him on the plane.”
*Brad Bergesen (right forearm contusion) said he was encouraged by his throwing session this morning, where he threw from flat ground and stretched out to 120 feet.
“I call it light toss, but I warmup like I do any other day,” Bergesen said. ” Like I said, it’s nothing I can’t throw through. [The forearm is] a little tender, a little sore. But we deal with that type of stuff all the time. I don’t think it’s going to be a big problem. Very encouraging.”
The Orioles are hoping Bergesen will be able to throw in Tuesday’s game which would put him on track for Sunday’s series finale against Tampa Bay.
*The Orioles have a mapped out plan for Justin Duchscherer that would involve him being ready on April 21. He would pitch in extended spring and then go to the team’s affiliates.