Orioles/Rays lineups and pregame tidbits
*Brian Matusz threw around 38 pitches today in a side session at Tropicana Field and was in great spirits after. The plan for Mastuz is to remain with the team and fly Sunday back north. He will throw four innings for Frederick, around 55-60 pitches, and will get one more rehab start with Double-A Bowie or Triple-A Norfolk on May 21.
Matusz could be activated as early as his next turn on the 26th. The team wants to make sure he can go at least six or seven innings before activating him so they don’t cripple the bullpen.
*Top prospect Manny Machado (dislocated left kneecap) is still not participating in baseball activities and is at least a week away from returning. The swelling in Machado’s knee is down considerably, but the organization wants to wait until he is 100 percent before sending him out on a 3-5 day rehab program.
Machado suffered the injury on May 5 and his current timetable is longer than what the Orioles had anticipated initially, although it’s still considered a minor injury. Machado has considerably more swelling than Triple-A Norfolk’s Josh Bell –who had the same injury — did, which is why the team was more optimistic. Bell was able to play a few days later.
*Just a break for designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, with Luke Scott getting in some at-bats and Felix Pie getting a rare start in left field. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he’s going to try to work in Pie as much as possible.
*Justin Duchscherer threw a two-inning simulated game in extended spring today with no reported problems. Showalter said he threw 26 pitches, 23 strikes. The next logical step would be to move to three innings, although that will depend on how Duchscherer feels tomorrow.
*Orioles closer Kevin Gregg, despite throwing three consecutive games, might still be available. He told Showalter he feels great and has gone longer stretches before.
*Talk about a cool day for the Britton family. In addition to Zach Britton’s masterful start Thursday –in which he threw nine scoreless innings — his older brother, Buck, an infielder for Class-A Frederick, drove in all five runs for the Keys in a 5-4 win Thursday night with a two-run homer and a three-run double.
*The Baltimore Ravens 3rd round draft pick Jah Reid, a offensive line starter at nearby University of Central Florida, is on the field here at Tropicana Field before the game.
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Derrek Lee 1B
Luke Scott DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Felix Pie LF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Jeremy Guthrie RHP
Sam Fuld CF
Ben Zobrist RF
Johnny Damon DH
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce LF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Reid Brignac SS
John Jaso C
Jeremy Hellickson RHP