September 2011

Os/Yankees Labor Day edition

*Jo-Jo Reyes is back with the team after going back to California for the birth of his second child, a son named Hudson. Manager Buck Showalter said he’s not sure where Reyes will slide back into the rotation, citing a number of factors including the possibility Rick VandenHurk gets a start and Jeremy Guthrie’s shoulder, which has been plagued with some nagging soreness. So far, Guthrie –who pitched yesterday’s finale in Tampa — is responding well.

*With Triple-A Norfolk’s season coming to a close the Orioles will recall another  pitcher — lefty Mark Hendrickson and righty Chris Tillman are the two most likely candidates — and Chris Davis and Jason Berken are also close to rejoining the team.  Davis will play in his second rehab game for Double-A Bowie this afternoon, playing third base, and he could rejoin the team in New York after that.

Berken threw a side session at Tropicana Field yesterday and will throw again on Tuesday before Thursday’s simulated game. If Bowie doesn’t make the playoffs (right now they are a 1/2 game out) Showalter hinted they could promote another player from there as well.

*Mark Reynolds is back at first base after committing two errors at third yesterday. This is just me, but I don’t think you’re going to see much of Reynolds back over at third. He’s clearly more comfortable at first base and the Orioles simply can’t have an infielder with 26 errors.  Assuming Davis’ shoulder holds up, the preference is for him to play third.

*It’s supposed to rain later this afternoon for the next few days, and it remains to be seen how any potential makeup games would shake out.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Kyle Hudson LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Robert Andino 3B
Ryan Adams 2B

Brian Matusz LHP

YANKEES LINEUP

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones RF
Russell Martin C
Jesus Montero DH
Brett Gardner LF

Freddy Garcia RHP

Orioles/Rays lineups and pregame tidbits

*When Kyle Hudson makes his major league debut today in left field, he will join Ryan Adams, Matt Angle, Zach Britton, Zach Phillips and Blake Davis as the six Orioles to get their first taste of the big leagues this year…Hudson will become the 22nd player to make his Orioles debut this season and the 906th player to wear an Orioles uniform all-time.

*Jason Berken (right elbow discomfort) threw a side session today at Tropicana Field and will take a day off and throw another side. Assuming all goes, well he could get into a game after that, although manager Buck Showalter wasn’t sure if it would be with an affiliate or just a sim game.

*Nick Markakis is making his third appearance, and second career Major League start, at first base and was out early with teammate Adam Jones helping him get some infield work.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Matt Angle RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Mark Reynolds 3B
Robert Andino 2B
Kyle Hudson LF
Craig Tatum C

Jeremy Guthrie RHP

RAYS LINEUP
Desmond Jennings CF
Johnny Damon DH
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
Jose Lobaton c
Casey Kotchman 1B
Brandon Guyer LF
Reid Brignac SS
Sean Rodriguez 2B

Jeremy Hellickson RHP

Orioles/Rays lineups and pregame tidbits

*Brian Matusz will start Monday’s game in New York with Tommy Hunter slated for Tuesday. Hunter threw today for the first time since coming down with a virus (for which he was sent to the hospital) on Sunday.

*Chris Davis will start a rehab assignment on Sunday with Double-A Bowie, playing Sunday and Monday with one game at third base and one at first base.

*Jo-Jo Reyes  is the father of a boy, Hudson, who was born yesterday.  No word yet on when Reyes will rejoin the team, but it’s likely he will be in New York.

*A reminder that tonight’s game starts at 6:10 p.m. ET, with the television broadcast joining in progress at approximately 7 p.m., due to national TV restrictions.

ORIOLES LINEUP

J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Robert Andino 3B
Nolan Reimold LF
Ryan Adams 2B

Alfredo Simon RHP

RAYS LINEUP
Desmond Jennings LF
Johnny Damon DH
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
B.J. Upton CF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Sean Rodriguez 2B
John Jaso C
Reid Brignac SS

Wade Davis RHP

Roberts update

Brian Roberts was at Tropicana Field today, making the short drive over from Sarasota which is where he’s been working out. Not much news on the injury front regarding Roberts although he admitted today things would have to perfectly for him to return at some point this season.  He continues to do baseball activities, although not on consecutive days, and acknowledged it was tough to come into the Orioles clubhouse and look his teammates in the eye, given that he’s let them down by being out most of the year.

I’ll have a full story on Orioles.com, but here a few quick quotes..

[tough to come here?]

“It was a huge step for me to get in the car, yeah. As much as, and I don’t mean that in a negative way. I mean that because I take a lot of pride in wanting to be here doing what I’m supposed to be doing. And [owner] Mr. Angelos has put a lot of investment into me and my family, the Orioles have tried to count on me for a lot and I haven’t been there. and that’s hard for me. It’s hard for me to walk in there and look guys in the eye and know what, especially knowing what they’ve been through the last five months. I’ve been there and I’ve done it and its hard and its rough.

Coming to the field today is difficult for me but I felt like it’s something I needed to do today  to kind of break that barrier.”

[on having to take thing slowly and not try to push through it]

“It’s been the hardest thing that I’ve ever had to do when it comes to baseball. We all go through a few things in life in general that are hard. I’m not trying to say that this is as hard as what some people go through in life, but for me, baseball-wise, this has been very difficult to not be able to push through something, to not be able to grind it out and keep going. You play through hamstring injuries, you play through back pain and you play through all those things when you play 160 games in a season for years and years.

To have an injury that they say this is not one you can do that with, it’s very frustrating, it’s very hard. In some ways, it’s humbling because you realize how, I guess, fragile your career is and how fragile life is in some ways when you talk about what you are doing with the brain.”

[on a possible return this season]

“I don’t think we’ve ever sat down and necessarily ruled out anything. It would probably take at this point everything to go really, really, really well for the next couple of weeks. Bu I think all of our goals is just to get healthy, 100 percent symptom free for an extended period of time, and be ready to play whenever that is.

Os/Rays series opener

Greetings from St. Petersburg, one of my favorite road cities on the Orioles’ schedule.

*The Orioles rotation for this series LHP Zach Britton followed by Alfredo Simon and Jeremy Guthrie. Brian Matusz has been skipped and his next start is up in the air. He’s not hurt, but he continues to struggle in his return from the disabled list and a long spell in Triple-A. As I type this, Matusz is throwing a bullpen session at Tropicana Field.

The struggling lefty will not start this series and manager Buck Showalter didn’t rule out him starting in the upcoming Yankees series which starts Monday.

*The Orioles Player Development Department has named Class-A Frederick infielder Jonathan Schoop Player of the Month for August. Schoop hit .336 with eight doubles, a triple, four homers and 21 RBIs in 28 games.

LHP Jacob Pettit was named Pitcher of the Month after going 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in five starts for the Keys. He allowed just eight  earned runs over 28 innings over that stretch.

*The Rays are coming off a brutal  loss in Texas and didn’t arrive back in Florida until about 4 a.m. this morning, so the team isn’t expected to arrive until 5 p.m. The Orioles have a nice contingent out on early on the field going through early BP and some fielding drills.

*Right-hander Tommy Hunter, who was hospitalized after his start Thursday due to illness, joined the team in St. Petersburg on Friday afternoon, but was told to stay back  at the team hotel…

*First baseman Chris Davis (right shoulder strain) will be sent out for a rehab assignment Sunday, and will play at least one rehab game. Davis could possibly join the team at some point in New York.

*Reliever Pedro Strop, acquired as the player to be named from the Texas Rangers in the Michael Gonzalez deal, has joined the Orioles and will be available to pitch Friday.

*Lefty starter Jo-Jo Reyes left the team to be with his wife, who went into labor several days before she was scheduled to be induced. Showalter wasn’t sure when Reyes would be back.

ORIOLES LINEUP

J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Robert Andino 3B
Nolan Reimold LF
Ryan Adams 2B

Zach Britton LHP

RAYS LINEUP

Desmond Jennings LF
Johnny Damon DH
Evan Longoria 3B
Ben Zobrist 2B
B.J. Upton CF
Sean Rodriguez SS
Casey Kotchman 1B
Jose Lobaton C
Brandon Guyer RF

David Price RHP

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