Orioles vs. Red Sox pregame notes and lineups

*Jason Hammel will get the start on Friday, followed by Wei-Yin Chen on Saturday and Brian Matusz on Sunday. That schedule gives Hammel an extra day to rest his sore right knee and gives Chen an extra day as he adjusts to the Major League schedule. Matusz will pitch on regular rest Sunday, with the intention of keeping him in the rhythm that led to a career performance on Tuesday. Showalter wouldn’t say he’s confident that Hammel’s knee won’t be an issue going forward, but did say the team was trying to keep him fresh with the extra day and training underwater and using an elliptical. The O’s didn’t give much thought to pushing Hammel back even farther in the rotation, as that would create an even greater rotation shuffle given the off days coming up on May 31 and June 4.

*Britton had a successful work day on Wednesday and is still scheduled to pitch Saturday for Double-A Bowie before traveling with the Baysox to Akron on May 31, at which point he could be activated.

*Matt Lindstrom still has some tenderness related to the partial ligament tear in his right middle finger, but he’s been feeling better, Showalter said. Lindstrom will head to Sarasota, Fla., to rehab once he has some success throwing the ball.

*Rehab assignments have not yet been set up for Mark Reynolds and Endy Chavez, who are both in Sarasota, Fla., recovering from strained oblique muscles. Showalter said Reynolds is still a day or two ahead of Chavez in the recovery process.

*Showalter seemed excited for Thursday’s off day, calling it the first off day without travel since spring training. Showalter held both J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters out of the lineup Wednesday so that they would be able to take two consecutive off days. Hardy has been nursing a sore shoulder, while Wieters is dealing with the regular nicks that accumulate for a Major League catcher.

*Lastly, a happy birthday shout out to manager Buck Showalter, who turned 56 on Wednesday!

ORIOLES LINEUP
Xavier Avery LF
Robert Andino SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Wilson Betemit 3B
Nick Johnson DH
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Luis Exposito C

Jake Arrieta RHP

RED SOX LINEUP

Mike Aviles SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Gonzalez RF
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Daniel Nava LF
Scott Podsednik CF
Kelly Shoppach C

Daniel Bard RHP

1 Comment

I guess JJ Hardy needs a dy off too. I wonder if Tollison will see any right pitching. His D at third is a good. X man playing outta sight.

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