Orioles/Nats lineups and pregame tidbits

* Orioles starter Brian Matusz will take a work day on Tuesday before the team makes a final decision, although it’s likely he will make another rehab start before being activated by Baltimore. He is on the 15-day disabled list from a left intercostal muscle strain and tossed six scoreless innings for Double-A Bowie on Saturday night in a strong second rehab start.

On Sunday Matusz said that he is right on track for recovering, but still didn’t feel ready to start yet.

“I had good results yesterday. I was able to make good pitches,” Matusz said. “I didn’t have the best feel for all my stuff. I didn’t feel like it was coming out of my hand like I wanted it to, but I feel like I’m on track, I feel like it’s real close to being where I want to be.”

*The Orioles pregame media notes have Brad Bergesen skipped for the upcoming Royals series, although manager Buck Showalter said a decision hasn’t been made yet. The O’s could take advantage of Monday’s off day to skip Bergesen and allow Matusz to make one more rehab start before being activated.

*Manager Buck Showalter said there are no plans for Brian Roberts to start any physical activity right now, which means Roberts will definitely not be ready to come off the 7-day disabled list on Tuesday. Roberts, who is on the DL with concussion-like symptoms, has been consulting with local and national specialists.

*Bench coach Willie Randolph will again be the O’s third base coach again today, in place of John Russell who will probably be out of commission a few more days. Russell is recovering from an injection in his left knee.

*Here are the lineups as the Orioles go for the series win this afternoon….

ORIOLES LINEUP
Felix Pie LF
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Vladimir Guerrero-DH
Matt Wieters C
Luke Scott 1B
Mark Reynolds 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Robert Andin 2B

Chris Tillman RHP

NATIONALS LINEUP
Roger Bernadina CF
Ian Desmond 3B
Laynce Nix LF
Jayson Werth RF
Wilson Ramos DH
Michael Morse 1B
Danny Espinosa 2B
Ivan Rodriguez C
Alex Cora 3B

Ryan Zimmermann RHP

–Avi Zaleon

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