Orioles vs. Red Sox Game 2: Injury updates and lineups (updated)

*Brian Roberts will start a rehab assignment for Double-A Bowie on Wednesday night, a rehab process that will allow him 20 days to get back to Baltimore. Roberts spoke at length about his pending return yesterday –admitting could be sent out within a week — and you can read more about that here.

*Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said today that the team is looking to upgrade and improve its pitching depth, although he declined to elaborate on any specific targets. Duquette did confirm that pitcher Zach Britton –fresh off five innings in extended spring on Monday — could be activated on the team’s next road trip. Britton spoke to MLB.com about his recovery process yesterday, and you can read about that here.

Right now, he is scheduled to make a rehab appearance for Double-A Bowie on Saturday.

*The Orioles are discussing a promotion for top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, which looks like a near-certainty at this point. Bundy, who hasn’t allowed an earned run, isn’t expected to skip a level and will head to Class-A Advanced Frederick if –or more like when — that decision is made.

*Mark Reynolds appears to be nearing a return, as he hit off of coaches while rehabbing his strained left oblique in Sarasota, Fla., on Tuesday. Endy Chavez, also in Sarasota rehabbing the same injury, remains a step behind Reynolds and was limited to soft toss and hitting off a tee.

*Nolan Reimold is scheduled to get his second epidural injection on Friday. You can read more on his thoughts on that here. Because the first epidural didn’t work, Reimold could need a third and it’s impossible to target any timetable for his return at this point.

*Pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada arrived at the team’s facility in Sarasota on Tuesday to begin the next phase of his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Wada had the surgery in Los Angeles on May 11 and had previously been rehabbing there.

*Taylor Teagarden’s appointment to get a second opinion on his back injury is scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m. Teagarden has been on the disabled list since Spring Training started.

*Noteworthy from the Red Sox lineup is the return of Kevin Youkilis, who hasn’t played since April 28 with a low back strain. Although it was thought that Will Middlebrooks would be bumped to the bench to make room for Youkilis, manager Bobby Valentine will start Youkilis at first and move normal first baseman Adrian Gonzalez –who volunteered- to right field. That allows Middlebrooks to stay at third, where he has posted a .297 average with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 18 games this season.

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Brian Matusz LHP

RED SOX LINEUP

Mike Aviles SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Gonzalez RF
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Daniel Nava LF
Marlon Byrd CF

Felix Doubront LHP

1 Comment

Just heard Buck on TV confirm Brian Roberts is going to Bowie tomorrow to start a 20 game rehab and will return as 2nd baseman and leadoff hitter if he is near his old self. Great news. Good luck Brian. We could sure use you.

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