Orioles vs. Yankees lineups and pregame notes

*Former first-round pick Billy Rowell has received a 50-game suspension after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse, Major League Baseball announced Monday afternoon.

The suspension of Rowell, who is currently on the roster of short-season Aberdeen of the New York-Penn League, will be effective at the start of the IronBirds’ season on June 18th. Rowell, who was listed as a third baseman, is the organization’s third Minor Leaguer to get a 50-game suspension this season, joining catchers Brian Ward and Michael Ohlman.  Rowell was Baltimore’s ninth overall pick in the 2006 Draft, but has never advanced beyond AA-ball in six Minor League seasons.

*Nolan Reimold is not progressing the way the team had hoped, manager Buck Showalter said on Monday, and it appears likely Reimold will be in line to get a second epidural. Reimold will be examined by a team physician later on Monday, and Showalter he was hoping for some positive news, but he didn’t exactly paint a rosy picture in meeting with the media.

The shots typically come in three’s, but there was some optimism that Reimold might show some marked improvement after his first one and be able to come off the disabled list close to the 15-day time frame. That’s not happening right now, and there’s no timetable on Reimold, who has been dealing with neck spasms and was diagnosed with a herniated disk.

*Tommy Hunter will start on Wednesday for the series opener of a quick two-game set in Kansas City. Dana Eveland, who is available in relief tonight, will be used out of the bullpen for the foreseeable future.

*Joel Pineiro, who has been pitching with Triple-A Norfolk, did not make Sunday’s scheduled start and Showalter said he’s been dealing with soreness in his right shoulder capsule.

*There’s been light rain all day, and the forecast doesn’t look promising. As soon as I get official word on any delays or possible postponements, they’ll be up on this blog and Twitter. Right now, both teams are cautiously optimistic they can get the game in.


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

Jason Hammel RHP


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

Ivan Nova RHP

1 Comment

Nolan should try acupunture. I had something like what it sounds like he’s got (numbness radiating down the back of the forearm to the fingers caused by a pinched nerve in the spinal area) and it worked fine after about three or four treatments.

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