Orioles/Indians lineups and pregame tidbits
*As I blogged earlier, MLB handed down punishment for the Boston series with Kevin Gregg given a four-game suspension and$2500 fine, Michael Gonzalez getting three games and $1500 and manager Buck Showalter one game and a fine. Reliever Jim Johnson was also fined $500. Gregg and Gonzalez will appeal –which means they can play until their case is heard — while Showalter will serve his suspension tonight. (Bench coach John Russell will fill in.)
The Orioles were not thrilled with the Red Sox punishments, particularly given that David Ortiz received four games to go along with Gregg and he charged the mound which led to Friday’s on-field melee.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona was not suspended and you can find the rest of the details here.
*Vladimir Guerrero is not in the lineup today, as he came in and told Showalter he couldn’t play. Guerrero is still feeling the ill effects of being hit on the right hand by Red Sox rookie Kyle Weiland, who was ejected after hitting Guerrero with the third pitch of his fifth-inning at-bat. He will see team physician Dr. William Goldiner to determine whether there’s a need for further testing. The initial X-rays on both Guerrero and Mark Reynolds –who was also hit in the right hand– came back negative.
*Cesar Izturis (elbow surgery) has been progressing well in extended spring and in a perfect world he would get into games in the Gulf Coast League on the 20th. The tentative plan involves him going to Double-A Bowie and being activated on the 23rd.
*The Orioles rotation following Jeremy Guthrie tonight is Jake Arrieta, Alfredo Simon and Mitch Atkins. Simon will leave the team on Sunday to tend to legal matters in the Dominican, but is expected to be back on Monday or Tuesday.
*Luke Scott has been resting and the team remains optimistic he will be ready close to his day of eligibility which would be the 19th. Scott –who will get a Cortisone shot in his right shoulder Friday– would likely need to get some at-bats at an affiliate prior to being activated.
*No word on Brian Roberts’ appointment with concussion specialist Dr. Michael Collins today. I will pass along news when I get it.
*The plan for Zach Britton is to throw the 15th and 20th for Double-A Bowie in what is expected to be short stints. Britton is slated to go three innings for Bowie Friday.
*Also Jake Arrieta, Friday’s starter, said he hasn’t had any right elbow issues beyond the usual soreness and believes daily treatment on the area –which became aggravated earlier this season and hampered him in several starts — has helped immensely.
Arrieta, who opted to not remove the bone spur in his elbow this offseason, said he is still optimistic he can avoid the surgery but acknowledged it’s not something he’s completely ruling out. The 25-year-old Arrieta will reevaulate things after the season and said right now he has “no regrets” in opting to keep the spur, which hasn’t grown in size since it was first diagnosed while he was at Texas Christian University.
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters DH
Derrek Lee 1B
Felix Pie LF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Blake Davis 2B
Craig Tatum C
SP Jeremy Guthrie
Michael Brantley LF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Travis Hafner DH
Carlos Santana C
Grady Sizemore CF
Orlando Cabrera 2B
Travis Buck RF
Matt LaPorta 1B
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
SP Justin Masterson