A few odds and ends
*Orioles manager Buck Showalter couldn’t resist another dig at the Yankees in today’s pregame session. The subject of last night’s at-bats in the ninth inning came up and Showalter went on to switch gears.
“Contrary to popular belief, every time the Yankees get hit by a pitch, it’s not intentional,” he said. “Every time they take a pitch, it’s not a ball either.”
*Second baseman Ryan Adams is making his Major League debut tonight. He found out about the promotion a little after midnight and left the hotel with Nolan Reimold –who was also recalled — around 3:30 a.m. His parents, Rick and Susan, are here from New Orleans to watch.
*Luke Scott said his right labrum tear is feeling the best it has all spring and has been encouraged by his pregame batting practice the past few days. While Scott knows he won’t be 100 percent, he has been doing rehab exercises to help strengthen the area around it and said his shoulder is feeling the strongest it has all spring. He has altered his full-bore swings pregame to save his strength from the game, but was also pretty upbeat about the effect of playing first base versus the outfield. The pain in his shoulder is the worst when making a long throw in from the field, so having Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold here could also help Scott, who figures to get more first base time with Derrek Lee on the DL.
*I’ve gotten a bunch of questions on the roster move with lefty Troy Patton last night, so let me try to explain it.
Patton’s situation isn’t a straight option to Norfolk as he has to be put on waivers given a quirk in his contractual status. He will remain on the 40-man roster but has been designated off the 25-man roster. He isn’t expected to report to Norfolk until early next week.
Another team can put a claim in on Patton, but the Orioles can pull him back. He has an option year remaining, so next season he would have to be exposed to waivers and could be lost in this kind of scenario.