Orioles/Yankees lineups and pregame tidbits
*Utility infielder Cesar Izturis (right elbow irritation) was placed on the disabled list today and will undergo surgery that will sideline him for 6-8 weeks.
There were three options for Izturis, according to manager Buck Showalter: a cortisone shot in the elbow, surgery to remove scar tissue that causes the numbness or surgery to move the ulnar nerve. Izturis will have the nerve moved.
The injury is believed to be an effect of the Tommy John surgery Izturis had in 2005.
First baseman Brandon Snyder was activated in his place.
*Troy Patton was also here, but the team will not activate him and will go day-to-day on a decision with Derrek Lee instead.
Lee (left oblique strain) is still trying to avoid the disabled list. With last night’s postponed, the Orioles don’t need Patton since the bullpen has gotten a little break. As for Lee, he said his left oblique felt “much better” on Wednesday and Showalter said the team is exploring the option of waiting until after Monday’s off day to make a decision on putting Lee on the DL.
*Brian Roberts is out of tonight’s lineup and has been dealing with headaches and loss of sleep the last few days. Showalter said the team isn’t sure if it’s from his headfirst slide into first base or not. He is day to day right now and saw the team doctors earlier this afternoon. Roberts did not make himself available to the media.
*Pitcher Alfredo Simon will not make another rehab start and will be activated on May 22nd. Simon will be added to the Orioles 25-man roster and the most likely scenario involves using him as a long man. He has been stretched out to be a starter –going about 90 pitches in his start yesterday — but that will largely depend on the rest of the team’s rotation.
*Brian Matusz will also throw a rehab start on the 21st and right now that is scheduled to be at Double-A Bowie, although the weather could change things. Matusz will go around 75-80 pitches.
*The Orioles rotation will stay on turn as of right now, with Zach Britton followed in this series by Jeremy Guthrie. Brad Bergesen would pitch Friday.
*Pitcher Justin Duchscherer was shut down today and will not pitch his simulated three innings in extended spring. Duchscherer’s problem was not physical, so it’s not related to his hip at all. Right now, it’s not clear what the team’s next step with him will be.
Felix Pie LF
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Luke Scott 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Mark Reynolds 3B
Robert Andino 2B
Zach Britton SP
Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
Bartolo Colon SP