Orioles @ Angels lineups and pregame tidbits

Greetings from Anaheim, the final leg of a three-city 10 game roadtrip. Here are your lineups and pregame tidbits…

*Hitting coach Jim Presley is not with the team and is dealing with kidney stone issues that crept up prior to Thursday’s game in Chicago. Presley –who spent last night in a hospital in Chicago– will not rejoin the Orioles on the West Coast and will meet the team back in Baltimore. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the team won’t have an interim hitting coach, but will have a few guys help out with the duties. DeMarlo Hale and John Russell both threw some batting practice on Friday.

*Tsuyoshi Wada (left elbow discomfort) was dealing with some neck stiffness before his rehab start on Thursday –an issue the team was not aware of until after the game — and right now there is discussion about Wada restarting his disabled list period. Showalter spoke with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette today and said if Wada isn’t able to make his next scheduled outing it may be a case where he goes back to extended spring. Once you are put out on a rehab assignment you can only be on one for 30 days. Since this would be a new injury, Wada would back to extended spring and get a new rehab assignment period, if the team goes that route.

*Nolan Reimold is back in the lineup after dealing with neck spasms that kept him out of Thursday’s game in Chicago. Reimold woke up early this morning and saw a chiropractor recommended by shortstop J.J. Hardy and he also came in and got treatment from the team’s trainers. Reimold said he had a similar issue last year and you just have to keep getting treatment and wait for the area to calm down. He is feeling a lot better on Friday, which is why he’s starting, and Reimold expected that he would get treatment again post-game to try to prevent the area from locking back up.

*Orioles starter Tommy Hunter is still dealing with lingering discomfort in his left side — a carryover from a back strain he had this spring — although he said Friday that he doesn’t feel anything when on the mound.

“I usually have quite a bit of adrenaline going [on the mound],” he said.  “I’m a big adrenaline guy. I don’t feel much of anything unless it’s a significant, like a tear or something.”

Hunter , who is still getting regular treatment on the area, has struggled in his last two starts to locate his fastball with everything being up in the zone. Asked if his side/back issue could be the reason he’s struggling to get over the top of the ball, Hunter said: “[I] really hope it doesn’t.  [I] definitely have some things lingering around but that’s just an excuse, that’s really all it is. You still got to be able to throw the ball down in the zone, you still have to give your team a chance to win.

Yeah, it doesn’t feel good. But you got to throw. I don’t know how else to say that. I mean, everybody’s got aches and pains here, and that’s life. That’s baseball. You got to find a way to win.”

Hunter said the issue is only on his left side and he admitted it was frustrating to deal with this lingering issue given the work he put into this offseason, shedding about 25 pounds this winter. The 25-year-old threw a bullpen on Friday and said he didn’t “feel it one time” and he was really letting the ball go and throwing full-throttle. Hunter’s next start is Tuesday and he’s eager to put his last two outings –in which he’s allowed six home runs — behind him.

“I’m a little upset, I definitely want to do better than what I’ve been doing,” Hunter said. “I know I’m better than that.  Got to get better, got to win baseball games.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nolan Reimold LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds DH
Chris Davis 1B
Robert Andino 2B

Brian Matusz LHP

ANGELS LINEUP
Erick Aybar SS
Howard Kendrick 2B
Albert Pujols 1B
Torii Hunter RF
Mark Trumbo LF
Vernon Wells CF
Kendrys Morales DH
Chris Iannetta C
Alberto Callaspo 3B

Jerome Williams RHP

2 Comments

will this be the last start for Brian Matusz? We need to see some improvement on this start. What happened to him? He was the ace of the staff at the start of the 2011 year too

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