Orioles vs. Yankees

*There is a pretty strong probability that outfielder Nolan Reimold will get a second epidural injection, which would set him back another few weeks, as he continues to deal with nagging discomfort in his left shoulder/forearm area. Reimold said he still gets occasional tingling in his left thumb and has trouble gripping things on that side as well. His neck, which was the original area where things started, has seen some improvement.

*Zach Britton threw 47 pitches in four scoreless innings in his second extended spring start against the Boston Red Sox. Britton allowed two hits and struck out four and finished up with 20 more pitches in the bullpen. He said his arm felt great and he will throw around 80 pitches on Monday. The plan would be to send Britton out on a rehab assignment with one of the team’s affiliates assuming all goes well there. This afternoon’s game, which was played at the Orioles’ spring complex in Sarasota, featured Boston regulars Ryan Kalish and Jason Repko. It’s not known how many rehab starts Britton would need to make but Showalter has said previously that the organization is targeting an early June return.

*Matt Lindstrom has been diagnosed with a partial tear in the ligament of his right middle finger and he will remain in Baltimore for the next few days because there’s nothing he can do for it right now. Lindstrom said last night that the MRI taken actually showed positive results because it’s not a full tear –which would be a much longer recovery — but it’s too early in his recovery stage to start predicting timetables.

*Jason Hammel said today he wasn’t slowed by any right knee pain and is on track to start on Saturday as scheduled. Hammel, who has been getting treatment on the area and doing some pool work to keep his legs strong, still isn’t back to running but hoped to incorporate some more conditioning back in this week since he admitted to having some fatigue last night.

*Tommy Hunter flew to Kansas City this afternoon, ahead of the team, and is scheduled to start Thursday’s game against the Royals. He will be followed by Brian Matusz, with Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel and Wei Yin Chen in line for the team’s first taste of Interleague play in DC this weekend.

*Catcher Taylor Teagarden is back on a stabilization program for his back in extended spring, and Showalter said he’s been feeling much better. Third baseman Mark Reynolds and outfielder Endy Chavez also both headed down to extended spring today.

*Earlier this afternoon, the Norfolk Tides announced on the team’s Twitter page that left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis has been removed from the restricted list and assigned to Class-A Aberdeen roster. Speaking of Twitter, Ryan Flaherty just joined and you can follow him @RFlaherty3

ORIOLES LINEUP

Robert Andino 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 1B
Bill Hall DH
Steve Tolleson 3B
Xavier Avery LF

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

YANKEES LINEUP

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Graderson Cf
Andruw Jones DH
Jayson Nix Lf
Chris Stewart C

CC Sabathia LHP

2 Comments

Thanks for all of the updates Britt! I hope that Britton’s recovery continues and he’s back with the O’s sooner rather than later. Also hope Lindstrom recovers well.

Maybe it’s just be, but whenever I hear “Lindstrom” I think of hockey players, not baseball players.

Maybe it’s just “me” too.

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