Orioles/Twins lineups & pregame tidbits (updated)
*Brian Roberts just spoke briefly to update his program. He’s been taking infield work for about a week and has been taking batting practice off the coaches as well. Asked if he can imagine getting into a spring game, Roberts said he takes things one day at a time, although he did confirm that right now he’s having more good days than bad.
Asked if the next step in his progression would be to take live batting practice, Roberts didn’t think so.
“I’m not hitting off of our pitchers anyways…Even when I was healthy I didn’t hit off live pitchers before I hit in games. I never liked doing that anyways, so we will see what the next step is when we get there.”
Roberts has been working with special assistant Brady Anderson, running sprints and doing conditioning. His program is systematic, meaning Roberts has a plan instructed by his doctor every day. He said Wednesday morning his legs are finally starting to get under him, and he’s getting more explosive and energetic, which is certainly encouraging.
Asked if there was a feeling of restlessness given how Roberts is typically a workout freak, he said: “Of course there is. Of course. I’d love to be out there from Day 1 doing everything and having no restrictions,of course. There’s times when it drives you nuts but it is what it is at this point.”
*Tsuyoshi Wada threw 25 pitches off the mound today,– along Willie Eyre who also threw a regular bullpen session — and all went as expected. Pitching coach Rick Adair said Wada looked good and coming through quick recovery time ( he threw off a half-mound yesterday) was encouraging.
*Michael Ohlman, one of the catchers in Orioles’ big league camp, had his truck flipped yesterday afternoon in a car accident on his way to the mall. Ohlman, who fortunately was buckled up, said he never lost consciousness and a cat scan taken at a local hospital came back OK as well. He is dealing with some right shoulder discomfort and will have an MRI later this afternoon.
You can read the full story on Ohlman here.
*The new voice of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Ryan Wagner, is here this afternoon and fans will get a sneak peek of Wagner in his new role. The life-long Orioles fan and former MLB Fan Cave resident will serve as public address announcer for today’s 1:05 p.m. contest against the Minnesota Twins, a one-game preparation for his new role in Baltimore.
*I have a full story up here, looking back and ahead at executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duqettee’s first few months.
*Pitcher Wei-Yin Chen shined in his Orioles’ spring debut Wednesday afternoon. Chen, who was signed out of the Japanese Baseball League this offseason, tossed two scoreless innings and struck out the final three batters he faced. The 26-year-old lefty allowed only one baserunner in a Denard Span single and said he felt much more comfortable on the mound than this weekend’s intrasquad game.
“Because of my tempo and timing, this time I threw very well,” Chen said through interpreter Tim Lin. “I think the most important thing is that the Twins batters don’t know me yet.”
Chen estimated he threw about 80 percent fastballs and praised catcher Matt Wieters for his gameplan.
Endy Chavez RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 3B
Wilson Betemit DH
Nolan Reimold LF
Robert Andino 2B
Wei-Yin Chen LHP
Denard Span CF
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B
Josh Willingham RF
Aaron Bates 1B
Brian Dinkelman DH
Sean Burroughs 3B
Ben Revere LF
Drew Butera C
Pedro Florimon SS
Carl Pavano RHP