Orioles @ Blue Jays lineups and pregame tidbits
Greetings from Dunedin. Here’s your updated pregame notes…
*Tommy Hunter came through three innings in a “B” game on Sunday with no problems and he here really early this morning doing some conditioning work. The next step from here would be to get Hunter four innings, probably in a Minor League game.
*As I said yesterday, Zach Britton’s next step will also be a Minor League game on Thursday. Britton, who threw one inning in Sunday’s “B” game will throw a light side on Tuesday.
*Jim Johnson will make his spring debut in Wednesday’s game versus the Pirates.
*Matt Lindstrom threw a light bullpen today after dealing with some lower back spasms the last few days. Lindstrom said he felt fine after last throwing in Wednesday’s game, but he woke up on Thursday morning feeling terrible and not able to even touch his toes. He’s been getting treatment on the area and assuming he comes through feeling OK he will throw in a game Tuesday or Wednesday.
*Nolan Reimold continues to improve after taking a ball to the left cheek, and the swelling is down considerably. He will see a dentist today and play in Tuesday’s game.
*Ronnie Paulino will probably serve at designated hitter in Tuesday’s game, according to manager Buck Showalter. Paulino was in the clubhouse this morning and said he had been working out while waiting for his visa issues to be resolved. He said the biggest challenge now is learning all the team’s pitchers.
*Troy Patton has been dealing some arm fatigue and the team back off him for a few days. Patton will throw in Tuesday’s game.
*Taylor Teagarden (lower back) had an MRI on the area this morning. Teagarden already had an X-ray and Showalter said the latest test is really just for piece of mind, to make sure there’s no damage. The X-rays showed no structural damage, but an MRI can show more than than an X-ray can.
*Tsuyoshi Wada will throw in a simulated game on Wednesday. Assuming all goes well, he will get into a game Sunday or Monday.
*Speaking of Monday’s off day, the Orioles will have several players pitch in a Minor League Class-A game at Twin Lakes Park. The Triple-A and Double-A squads are on the road.
*A brief –but scary — moment in pre-game batting practice when top pitching prospect Manny Machado was hit with a line drive in the right leg. Fortunately it caught him in a good spot and Machado just grabbed the area for a few seconds and kept fielding. It’ll probably leave a nice bruise later.
*Finally, how about those Michigan State Spartans? From unranked to a No. 1 seed. Always fun to root for my alma mater in March ;-)
Endy Chavez LF
Robert Andino 2B
Nick Johnson DH
Joe Mahoney 1B
Jai Miller CF
Ryan Flaherty SS
Steve Tolleson 3B
Scott Beerer RF
John Hester C
Wei-Yin Chen LHP
BLUE JAYS LINEUP
Yunel Escobar SS
Omar Vizquel 3B
Ben Francisco LF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Kelly Johnson 2B
Rajai Davis RF
Colby Rasmus Cf
Travis Snider DH
Jeff Mathis C
Brandon Morow SP