Orioles @ Mets lineups and pregame notes
*Nick Markakis will have his right wrist reexamined on Friday, and he will not pick up a bat until the soreness which is he still dealing with has been resolved. While Markakis had originally hoped to start hitting Friday –which is the three-week mark from surgery to remove part of his right hamate bone, manager Buck Showalter said of the plan, “I don’t think [Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells] is looking at it that way right now.
Asked if Markakis could return before the next homestand ends on July 1, which was his original goal, Showalter said: “I don’t see that happening. But we’ll see.”
It’s important to note that this isn’t being viewed as a setback, because Markakis is still progressing ahead of schedule, although he probably doesn’t see it that way. When he was originally diagnosed, I wrote about a possible longer timeframe and the uncertain nature of these injuries, which said…
“Markakis’ timetable could change, especially since surgery on the hamate bone typically tends to be closer to 6-8 for recovery. There’s some optimism he will be able to be back sooner, but the team won’t know until he has the surgery and starts his rehab. San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval is about four weeks removed from surgery to take out his left hamate and is believed to be about two weeks away from returning, which puts him right around that six-week mark.
To date, here are the shortest documented recent recoveries from hamate removal surgery in the baseball world. (With a hat tip to researcher Dan Wade who works for SI.com’s Will Carroll, for doing the digging.)
2006: Willy Aybar: 20 Days
2010: Tony Gwynn Jr. 25 Days
Joe Mather also missed just 20 days in 2008, but also didn’t play a game after he was activated, so that situation is a little unclear and could have been part of a roster shuffle.”
The soreness is normal after the procedure, and Markakis –who is with the team — will still need to get a few at-bats at an affiliate before being activated.
“Believe me as much as he wants to be playing, we really want to get him off the DL for more reasons than just get him in the lineup,” Showalter said. “He’s a good load.”
*Matt Lindstrom threw today in the Gulf Coast League and will throw two innings for Double-A Bowie on Friday and an inning on Sunday. With the Orioles having an off day Monday, Lindstrom could be activated as early as Tuesday.
*Dontrelle Willis will make his first start of the season for Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. Willis, who was signed to a Minor League deal this spring, was stretched back out to start after he suffered an injury as a reliever, and he will join the Tides rotation. Jamie Moyer starts tonight for the Tides, with Zach Britton and Chris Tillman to follow. Willis will pitch in place of scheduled starter Jason Berken, although I’m not sure right now if that mean Berken will be moved back a day or he will just piggyback on Willi’s start.
*Joel Pineiro, who threw five innings in the GCL yesterday, reported some bicep tenderness following the start. It’s nothing serious, but he will stay in the GCL for now.
*No news on Nolan Reimold, who is weighing his options in dealing with the herniated disk in his neck. You can read more about that here.
Brian Roberts 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Nick Johnson 1B
Wilson Betemit 3B
Ryan Flaherty LF
Brian Matusz LHP
Andres Torres CF
Jordany Valdespin 2B
David Wright 3B
Scott Hairston RF
Vinny Rottino LF
Ike Davis 1B
Justin Turner SS
Mike Nickeas C
Dillon Gee RHP