Orioles vs. Rays finale (Pomeranz optioned)

*Jason Hammel is in line to start on Monday, which is a good sign for the Orioles. Hammel, who will face the Yankees, has been dealing with some knee soreness but has reported to be feeling much better with daily treatment. He was skipped from Thursday’s start.

*The Orioles should have more news on Nolan Reimold and Matt Lindstrom on Monday, with Reimold’s epidural taking a few days to set in and Lindstrom awaiting the results of an MRI on his right middle finger. The original hope had been that Reimold would be ready to go out on rehab assignment by now, but manager Buck Showalter confirmed Sunday that’s not happening. Reimold won’t be ready when his DL period is up on Wednesday, and there should be a clearer timetable for him on Monday.

Both Reimold and Lindstrom are probably headed to extended spring in Sarasota at some point, along with Endy Chavez (left oblique strain) and probably Mark Reynolds (left oblique strain)

*Xavier Avery will make his Major League debut today as the outfielder got the promotion last night from Triple-A Norfolk and had his contract purchased  for this afternoon’s game.To make room on the 25-man roster, the Orioles optioned reliever Stu Pomeranz to Triple-A Norfolk and designated Matt Antonelli for assignment, removing him from the 40-man roster to add Avery. Pomeranz, who made his Major League debut on Monday, threw four scoreless innings for the Orioles and appears to be the odd man out because he has an option.

This move is interesting, since it was looking like it would be Dana Eveland would be the guy to go. Eveland, who is out of options and would have to clear waivers, could be used as a reliever or could be getting another start depending on the health of Hammel and the other starters. The Orioles will have 10 days to trade, release or see if Antonelli clears waivers. One of executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette’s first moves, Antonelli signed as a free agent in November and hit.204/.357/.280 with four doubles, a homer and seven RBIs in 29 games for Triple-A.

*Lefty Tsuyoshi Wada will stay in Los Angeles and rehab until May 21 before heading down to the team’s extended spring facility. Wada underwent Tommy John surgery last week, which was performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum.

Here are your lineups on this Mother’s Day as the O’s try to go for the sweep ...

Xavier Avery LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Nick Johnson DH
Chris Davis 1B
Robert Andino 2B
Ryan Flaherty 3B

Jake Arrieta RHP

Ben Zobrist RF
B.J. Upton CF
Matt Joyce LF
Luke Scott DH
Carlos Pena 1B
Jeff Keppinger 3B
Will Rhymes 2B
Chris Gimenez C
Elliot Johnson SS

James Shields RHP


Orioles are on there way up…finally headed in the right direction …there is a lot of youth and talent …looks very promising …let’s go O’S

Eveland has done almost nothing to prove he deserves to be with the team and in my opinion would be no big loss if he gets claimed by another team. Pomeranz has shown that he belongs and gets sent back to Norfolk which makes no sense to me so hopefully he will be back soon. Avery has proved that he belongs also but I would be willing to bet that he is the one who goes when either Reynolds or Reimold return. He has definitely played his way out of Norfolk and on to the Orioles. Let’s see if another mistake is made. Its nice being up there and would be even nicer to stay there.

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