Orioles @ Yankees lineups and pregame tidbits

Greetings from Yankee Stadium, where the Orioles open a six-game road trip with three games in New York and three in Boston (following Thursday’s off day). I’ve been on a brief hiatus from the beat, but am back and so are the daily blogs and continual Twitter updates to complement coverage on Orioles.com.

The O’s are coming off a 5-1 homestand, with series wins over Toronto and Oakland, and these next few weeks will be a big test to see where this Baltimore club is at. Here are a few pregame notes

*Brian Roberts is with the team in New York as he continues to travel on road trips and work out in progressing back from a concussion. Roberts was one of several Orioles out for early extra batting practice at Yankee Stadium, along with Nick Johnson, Mark Reynolds, Ryan Flaherty, Wilson Betemit, Nick Markakis, Mark Reynolds, Ronny Paulino and J.J. Hardy. There is still no timetable for Roberts’ return or any idea –beyond just guesses– as to when he could go out on a rehab assignment.

*Orioles lefty Zach Britton (shoulder impingement) threw his second bullpen session in extended spring this morning and he will throw another one on Wednesday before getting into a simulated game in extended spring Saturday. The 24-year-old Britton threw 50 pitches and said afterwards everything felt great. Britton’s schedule is largely up in the air depending on how he feels, but early June seems like a pretty good guess at this point. He threw his first bullpen — around 35 pitches — on Friday, throwing mostly fastballs with a few changeups mixed in.

*Closer Jim Johnson is available tonight and will be used in a save situation if necessary tonight. Johnson, who last pitched April 22, has been sidelined with food poisoning and was in the hospital for several days last week. He has throw a few times since and said Monday he feels like his old self again.

*Also, Orioles manager Buck Showalter is one win away from his 1,000th career victory. Will it come tonight? Showalter, who got his start in New York, got his first career managerial win as the Yankees skipper on April 7, 1992.

*No word on Orioles left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who flew to Los Angeles on Sunday for a second opinion on his ailing left elbow with Dr. Lewis Yocum. Showalter said Wada’s appointment was today but hadn’t gotten any word on how it went.

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Jason Hammel RHP

YANKEES LINEUP
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez LF

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

1 Comment

Love Roberts but I find myself a bit surprised every time I hear his name this season. I don’t think anyone really expects the old Roberts to return. Andino is the Orioles 2nd baseman.

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