June 2011

Orioles/Cardinals lineups and pregame tidbits

*For the first time since June 19 (7 games) Nolan Reimold is in the starting lineup, playing in left field tonight against St. Louis

*Manager Buck Showalter said that he thinks Luke Scott has improved, the injured left fielder will be an option to pinch hit tonight off the bench

*Jake Arrieta’s bullpen session yesterday went well and he is still good to go for Saturday

*The plan is for designated hitter Vlad Guerrero to sit during the Orioles three-game set at Atlanta, unless there’s an injury

ORIOLES LINEUP

J.J. Hardy SS

Nick Markakis RF

Adam Jones CF

Vladimir Guerrero DH

Derrek Lee 1B

Matt Wieters C

Mark Reynodls 3B

Nolan Reimold LF

Robert Andino 2B

LHP Brian Matusz (1-3, 6.85 ERA)

CARDINALS LINEUP

Ryan Theriot SS

Jon Jay RF

Matt Holliday LF

Lance Berkman DH

David Freese 3B

Colby Rasmus CF

Yadier Molina C

Tony Cruz 1B

Skip Schumaker 2B

LHP Jamie Garcia (6-3, 3.06 ERA)

Orioles/Cardinals lineups and pregame tidbits

*The Orioles made it official this afternoon that Clay Rapada has been designated for assignment in order to make room for reliever Alfredo Simon, who was activated today.  With Rapada, Baltimore now has 10 days to trade, release, pass him through waivers or assign him to Class Triple-A Norfolk.  Simon gives the O’s a long reliever within a starting rotation that fails to go deep into games.

*Buck Showalter said Luke Scott is day-to-day and will be pinch hitting tonight for the Orioles, while Felix Pie plays left field tonight.  Scott said he felt some discomfort in his right shoulder, which has never been %100 since tearing it.  His right knee is still swolen, but is not severe enough to land him on the DL

ORIOLES LINEUP
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Vladmir Guerrero DH
Derrek Lee 1B
Matt Wieter C
Mark Reynolds 3B
Felix Pie LF
Blake Davis 2B

Chris Jakubauskas RHP

CARDINALS LINEUP

Skip Schumaker 2B
Jon Jay RF
Matt Holliday LF
Lance Berkman 1B
David Freese 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Yadier Molina C
Mark Hamilton DH
Nick Punto SS

Chris Carpenter RHP

Clay Rapada designated for assignment

Reliever Clay Rapada was designated for assignment Wednesday to make room for activated right-hander Alfredo Simon.

The Orioles now have have 10 days to trade, release or put Rapapda on waivers.

Through 12 1/3 innings pitched in 22 relief appearances this season, the southpaw recorded a 7.30 ERA. Rapada, who signed a Minor League contract on April 18, was brought in to pitch against left-handed hitters.  Against them, Rapada had a 1.69 ERA (two earned runs in 10 2/3 innings), but against right-handers the difference was drastic -a 43.20 ERA, giving up eight earned runs in 1 2/3 innings.

-Avi Zaleon

Orioles/Cardinals lineups and pregame tidbits

*Alfredo Simon (strained right hamstring) reported to Frederick today and will likely be activated tomorrow.  Brad Bergesen is a potential candidate to be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, although the Orioles could go with several long men and send out a guy like Clay Rapada.

Bergesen has an option remaining while Rapada would have to be exposed to waivers.  It’s also possible the Orioles remove a position player from their 25-man roster for Simon.

*Despite limited playing time, the Orioles will likely not be sending down Nolan Reimold.  Second baseman Ryan Adams was in a similar situation, where he was sent back to Norfolk because Baltimore did not want the majority of his time to be spent on the bench, but Showalter said that’s not the case with Reimold.

* The probable rotation against St. Louis and at Atlanta will be as follows: Weds.- Jakubauskas, Thurs.- Matusz, Fri.- Guthrie, Sat.- Arrieta, Sun. -Britton

*This will be the Cardinals first game in Camden Yards.  It will also be the first time that Chris Jakubauskas will face Lance Berkman since he was struck in the head with his line drive. To read more about that incident, and Jakubauskas’ unlikely journey to the Majors, check out the in-depth feature on Orioles.com here.

*Cal Ripken’s home run and move to shortstop in his final All-Star Game in 2001 in Seattle has made the “final four” in MLB’s Midsummer Classic Moments contest…Ripken’s moment will go head-to-head with Ted Williams’ walk-off home run in the 1941 All-Star Game for the right to advance to the final…The Orioles are encouraging fans to go online to http://mlb.com/moments and vote the maximum 25 times per e-mail address to help Ripken advance…Voting ends at noon on July 2.

ORIOLES LINEUP
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Vladmir Guerrero DH
Matt Wieters C
Derrek Lee 1B
Luke Scott LF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Robert Andino 2B

Zach Britton LHP

CARDINALS LINEUP

Ryan Theriot 3B
Jon Jay RF
Matt Holliday LF
Lance Berkman 1B
David Freese 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Yadier Molina C
Mark Hamilton DH
Nick Punto 2B

RHP Kyle Lohse

Orioles/Reds pregame tidbits and lineups

*Manager Buck Showalter and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail conducted the yearly  State of the Orioles Q&A session with season ticket holders  on top of the dugout prior to today’s game.

*Starter Jake Arrieta (right elbow inflammation) will do take a work day and throw a bullpen session Sunday. Assuming he comes through that OK, he will pitch as scheduled Wednesday.

*Brian Roberts got his wisdom teeth removed today and has resumed his approved conditioning plan in extended spring.

*And the Orioles agreed to terms with their fourth round pick in this year’s Draft, right-handed pitcher Kyle Simon out of the University of Arizona.

*Alfredo Simon (strained right hamstring) is slated to pitch 1-2 innings in Double-A Bowie on Sunday.  He isn’t expected to go more than 40 pitches.

ORIOLES LINEUP
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Luke Scott LF
Derrek Lee 1B
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 3B
Robert Andino 2B
Brian Matusz LHP

REDS LINEUP
Chris Heisey LF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Joey Votto 1B
Scott Rolen 3B
Jay Bruce RF
Jonny Gomes DH
Drew Stubbs CF
Edgar Renteria SS
Ryan Hanigan C

Edinson Volquez RHP

-Avi Zaleon

Orioles/Reds lineup and pregame tidbits

*Blake Davis makes another start at second base tonight after committing a costly error against the Pirates on Wednesday.  Manager Buck Showalter said he wants to give Davis another opportunity to succeed.

*Alfredo Simon (strained right hamstring) pitched today in Sarasota without any problems.  He is scheduled to throw 1-2 innings for Double-A Bowie as early as Sunday.  He is eligible to come off the disabled list and join the Orioles as early as Tuesday.

*Jake Arrieta (elbow inflammation) will throw a bullpen session today and Saturday.  Unless he experiences problems in those sessions, he will make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Cardinals.

*Brian Roberts (concussion-like symptoms) will get his wisdom teeth pulled

*This will be the first meeting between the two clubs since June 2005

 

ORIOLES LINEUP

J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF

Vladimir Guerrero DH

Luke Scott LF

Derrek Lee 1B

Matt Wieters C

Mark Reynolds 3B
Blake Davis 2B

Chris Jakubauskas RHP

REDS LINEUP
Chris Heisey LF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Joey Votto 1B
Scott Rolen 3B
Jay Bruce RF
Jonny Gomes DH
Drew Stubbs CF
Ramon Hernandez C
Paul Janish SS

Edinson Volquez RHP

-Avi Zaleon

Accardo accepts Triple-A assignment

I’m a little late to this party, but I just landed back in Baltimore and wanted to pass along that Jeremy Accardo cleared waivers and accepted an assignment with Triple-A Norfolk.

Accardo, who was designated over the weekend, could have elected to become a free agent instead but than the O’s would be off the hook for the rest of his salary, which is about $1 million. He should report within the next day or two.

*Also if you missed it in my notes earlier, Many Machado will make his debut for Class-A Frederick tomorrow night. Machado was promoted from Delmarva officially today.

Arrieta not concerned w. elbow inflammation

Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta acknowledged Wednesday morning that the “physical problem” he  referenced after Monday’s five-inning start is right elbow inflammation related to the preexisting bone spur he has in that area.

Arrieta, who opted against surgically removing the spur this offseason, said he’s not overly concerned at this point and that the elbow issue only flares up intermittingly.

“There’s a period there where I won’t be sore or have any issues for a month, a month and a half, you know, [then for] two or three starts it will kind of creep up a little bit,” said Arrieta, who was also slowed in April 29’s five-inning start in Chicago.  “But it’s just a matter of maintain it and kind of keeping it a level where I can go out there and still perform.”

“It’s something that’s manageable, we hope,” added Orioles manager Buck Showalter. “It’s something that he can pitch with and through. You don’t like it, but we’re aware of it. We’ll take some precautions where we can with it.”

Those precautions include giving Arrieta –who has been doing daily treatment – extra rest when necessary. Given that the team has an off day on Thursday and Monday, Arrieta’s next start –tentatively penciled in for Wednesday against St. Louis – could be pushed back further depending on how he feels.

“As of now, I feel like I will be able to make my next start with no issue,” Arrieta said. “Last time I had this was in Chicago and [I] was able to get the job done. Battled. [It was] very similar start to two nights ago here in Pittsburgh. If I’m able to give that and a little bit more, which I can, then I’ll take it.”

While Arrieta originally planned to get the spur removed in the offseason, he got a second opinion and chose to leave it in there since he’s pitched with it his entire life.  Asked if this inflammation is a result of not getting the surgery as first prescribed, Showalter didn’t want to pin it on that.

“It wasn’t advised. He got a second opinion,” Showalter said.  “Believe me, I know all the history of what they say that he can do and what the precautions are. I know all the stuff of what the considerations are. Down the road, we’ll see. Right now, it is what it is.

If he continues down the road that he is, he should be able to make all his starts the rest of the year. We’ll see. We’ll keep an eye on it and if we have to, we’ll back off.”

Arrieta is 9-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 16 starts and labored through Monday’s five-inning outing. The 25-year-old right-hander looked physically drained and showcased a dip in velocity in his final few innings before being lifted. Arrieta was charged with three earned runs on three hits and two walks in the 87-pitch start.

Orioles/Pirates lineups and pregame tidbits

*Jake Arrieta admitted today that he is dealing with some right elbow inflammation as a result of the bone spur he has in that area. It also affected him in Chicago and right now the hope is the team can continue to keep things under control with treatment. Arrieta said he wasn’t overly concerned at this point, and right now there are no plans for further testing.

Manager Buck Showalter said Arrieta is tentatively scheduled to pitch the second game of the St. Louis series on Wednesday, but obviously that depends on his health.

*The Orioles weekend rotation will be Chris Jakubauskas, Brian Matusz and Jeremy Guthrie. Zach Britton, who is throwing today, is slated to pitch again following Monday’s off day.

The reasoning in moving up Jakubauskas is because Showalter didn’t want to go back-to-back lefties and this way if Arrieta needs to be skipped they could potentially have Jakubauskas go in his place instead.

*Blake Davis is making his first career Major League start today at second base.

*Also, I’m working on an Orioles inbox for Thursday so send any questions my way at brittany.ghiroli@mlb.com. Include your name and hometown.

ORIOLES LINEUP

J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Derrek Lee 1B
Matt Wieters C
Luke Scott LF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Blake Davis 2B
Zach Britton LHP

PIRATES LINEUP
Jose Tabata LF
Josh Harrison 3B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Neil Walker 2B
Matt Diaz RF
Garrett Jones 1B
Brandon Wood SS
Michael McKenry C
Kevin Correia RHP

Orioles/Pirates lineups and pregame tidbits

*Don Werner will take over as interim bullpen coach starting on Friday and manager Buck Showalter said the team will reevaluate things after Aug. 1.

Werner has been in the Orioles organization for nine years, and spent the last five as a roving catching instructor.  His selection was based on a lot of things, including that he’s a good baseball guys who has been in the organization, throws good batting practice and wouldn’t disrupt the Minor League operations too much by leaving.

*The plan for top pitching prospect Dan Klein right not doesn’t involve surgery, and the right-hander will be given a rehab progression. Klein, who has a small S.L.A.P. tear in his right shoulder, was examined by renowned orthopedic specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum Monday and will see team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens on Friday in Baltimore. He is expected to head to the team’s spring facility in Sarasota shortly after that to start a rehab plan

*John Russell will be the bench coach again tonight with Willie Randolph expected to serve as third base coach. Asked if this arrangement could continue after the Pirates set, Showalter didn’t rule it out. Right now,  the team will evaluate that on a  series-by-series basis.

*Alfredo Simon (strained right hamstring) is expected to start throwing down in extended spring and is targeting the minimum DL stay, which would be June 28th.

*No new news on the rotation although it sounds as if the Orioles will try to avoid going back-to-back lefties with Zach Britton and Brian Matusz. That makes it more likely Chris Jakubauskas starts Friday, pushing Matusz back to Saturday. The team is also considering giving Jake Arrieta a few extra days’ rest, since he didn’t look good physically last night and his right hip –which acted up a little bit in Chicago — was a factor again last night.

*Brian Roberts will be out at least another 2-3 weeks and is allowed to do some light conditioning only. More info on that is here.

*Cesar Izturis is progressing very well and could be back after the All-Star break. That’s great news since the initial prognosis involved him potentially missing the entire season.

ORIOLES LINEUP

J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Derrek Lee 1B
Matt Wieters C
Luke Scott LF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Robert Andino 2B
Jeremy Guthrie RHP

PIRATES LINEUP

 

 

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