Orioles/White Sox lineups and pregame tidbits
*J.J. Hardy (left oblique strain) took 25 tee swings, 20 flips, 30 groundballs and threw to bases with no problems. He’ll take Sunday off from baseball activities and conditioning only.
*Justin Duchscherer (left hip soreness) threw a live BP session with 30 pitches with no problem. He said that he felt great and He’d like to throw another live BP on Tuesday.
*Brian Matusz (left intercostal strain) played long toss and conditioning with no problems. He’ll throw a side around 40-45 pitches on Sunday.
*The D-backs sent catcher John Hester to the Orioles on Saturday to complete the December trade that brought right-handers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio to Arizona for third baseman Mark Reynolds and a player to be named or cash.
Hester, 27, has been at Triple-A Reno to start the 2011 season, batting .263 with three doubles, a home run and five RBIs in 10 games. Hester will join Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles organization.
A 6-foot-4 Stanford product, Hester spent parts of the last two seasons in the Majors with the D-backs, batting .220 (27-for-123)with three homers and 11 RBIs in 53 games. Over two-plus seasons at Triple-A, Hester has compiled a .335 average with 15 homers and 100 RBIs. Over 300 games in the Minors, he has thrown out 29 percent of baserunners attempting to steal.
*Jake Arrieta said his right hip felt much better on Saturday and got some treatment on it prior to the Orioles game. Asked if he thought it would change his schedule or alter his next start, Arrieta said no. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was equally optimistic, although he acknowledged that the situation will be more definitive after Arrieta –who was lifted after just 86 pitches last night– throws a between-starts side.
“As we stand today I expect him to make his start, but I think that question is more pertinent probably the next couple of days when he actually has his throw day, we can see what [pitching coach Mark Connor] and everybody else thinks,” Showalter said. “But I expect him to be fine. He has pitched with some of that feeling there and pitched very well. I don’t think, I’ve said many times, over 30-35 times, you very seldom go out there without something.”
*Just a regular day off for Orioles catcher Matt Wieters who has quietly been playing pretty much every day. The O’s have made good use of rain outs and off days to give Wieters some rest.
“We all know the level that he’s capable of playing at, which he is now,” Showalter said of Wieters. “Sometime I think we should all go squad down for three hours and go back and forth for four or five days in a row and see how you feel, regardless if you’re 24 or 25 years old and 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5.
One thing about baseball players that amazes me, one of them is catchers, how they can do what they can do. It’s a very challenging position. I think it’s the most challenging position on the field. We’ll continue to pick spots for him.”
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Derrek Lee 1B
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Jake Fox C
Robert Andino SS
Chris Tillman SP
WHITE SOX LINEUP
Juan Pierre LF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Carlos Quentin RF
Paul Konerko DH
Adam Dunn 1B
Alex Rios CF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Mark Teahen 3B
Gordon Beckham 2B
SP PHil Humber