Orioles vs. Pirates lineups and pregame notes
*Steve Tolleson is here and will be taking the roster spot of Endy Chavez, who will go on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain. Tolleson is starting and playing left field, and he was able to be recalled so quickly because it’s an injury situation so the 10-day stay in the Minor Leagues is not required.
Chavez was clearly disappointed and said he feels like he’s getting better, but understood the team had ot make a move. He seems pretty confident he will be ready to go when his DL period is up after 15 days.
“I’ll be frank with you if we weren’t playing six National League games coming up we might have waited,” manager Buck Showalter said of the roster move.” But it’s tough to have a three man bench with one of them being a catcher and one of them potentially being Nick [Johnson]. We got to have some moveability there, especially as good a team as Atlanta is and the Mets.”
*Robert Andino is also getting his first start of the season at third base.
*Reliever Matt Lindstrom threw today off flat ground (60-100 feet) and he is scheduled to throw batting practice on Saturday. Assuming all goes well, Lindstrom will make a few Gulf Coast League appearances and then a few rehab games with Double-A Bowie. Showalter said he is expected back before the All-Star break.
*Nick Markakis will travel with the Orioles to Atlanta and New York –he will be the player mic’ed up for Saturday’s FOX game — and right now he’s been doing some work with his left hand while trying to minimize the scarring in his right hand to speed up the healing process. Asked if Markakis could pick up a bat and start doing some hitting drills during the roadtrip, Showalter said: “That will be up to Richie [Bancells] and [the rest of athletic training staff] if they think he’s ready to do it. If it was up to Nick he would have done it yesterday. In fact, I can’t sit here and tell you he hasn’t done it. I know he’s been doing it with his top hand.”
Showalter did say that Markakis will have to go out and get some at-bats with an affiliate before being activated off the DL. Markakis has said before he’s targeting to return during the next homestand, which runs through July 1, and that’s still a possibility.
*Dontrelle Willis and Joel Pineiro threw simulated games today, with Willis going five innings and Pineiro going four. Pineiro is scheduled to pitch for the Gulf Coast League on June 19th.
*EyeBlack has teamed-up with the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) to assist the organization with awareness and fundraising efforts by producing “Keep Dad in the Game” EyeBlack for Father’s Day. PCF is the world’s leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating research for prostate cancer.
“Keep Dad in the Game” is PCF’s official tagline used for their annual Home Run Challenge Father’s Day fundraising initiative. With support from Major League Baseball, PCF’s Home Run Challenge has become one of the organization’s biggest annual campaigns producing close to $40 million in funding to date. Additional information for the campaign can be found at HomeRunChallenge.org.
For the partnership, EyeBlack is producing patented PCF branded sets which will be used by PCF Founder and Chairman Michael Milken, as well as some of baseball’s greatest players and managers during their stadium tour which begins on June 7 at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif. Joining Michael Milken on the 2012 tour will be Tommy Lasorda, Joe Torre, Tim Salmon, Eric Karros, Goose Gossage and more. EyeBlack will also be selling “Keep Dad in the Game” EyeBlack product on www.EyeBlack.com, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting PCF.
*The Orioles release outfielder Kyle Hoppy, who had been with Class-A Delmarva today.
*Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith will throw out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch.
*The Orioles have officially signed eight draftees, agreeing to terms with Adrian Marin (3), Torsten Boss (8), Brady Wager (9), Joel Hutter (10) Sean McAdams (14) Tommy Richards (24), Anthony Caronia (27) & Charles Porter (35).
Boss, is a third baseman out of my alma mater, Michigan State University. Marin is a high school shortstop out of Miami, while Wager is a right-handed pitcher from Grand Canyon University and Hutter is a shortstop out of Dallas Baptist University. McAdams is a high school arm –a right-handed pitcher out of Cardinal Mooney– who is a Sarasota resident and Richards is Washington State University’s second baseman. Caronia is a shortstop out of the University of Tampa.
Porter is a 6-foot-3, 185-pound left-handed pitcher from Miami, who was listed without a high school when he was drafted. He actually gave up baseball in favor of mixed martial arts for a while. The club is expected to announce more signings over the next few days, as they’ve reached a lot more agreements but the contracts have be approved by the League first.
Brian Roberts 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Steve Pearce RF
Steve Tolleson LF
Robert Andino 3B
Tommy Hunter RHP
Alex Presley LF
Neil Walker 2b
Andrew McCutchen CF
Garrett Jones DH
Casey McGehee 1B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Jose Tabata RF
Rod Barajas C
Clint Barmes SS
Erik Bedard LHP