Orioles/Mariners lineups and pregame notes

*Brian Roberts flew back to Baltimore today and will get an MRA on his right hip, which has been bothering him the last few days as well. Roberts, who was put on the disabled list with a right groin strain is dealing with soreness in the adductor area. An MRA is similar to an MRI except contrast dye is injected into the area for a clearer picture.

*Nick Markakis (right wrist) has taken batting practice with no problems the last two days while working out with short-season Aberdeen and, assuming all goes well today, he will start playing in rehab games at the end of this week. The plan is tentatively to get him going for Thursday or Friday and have Markakis available as an option to be activated immediately after the break.

*Taylor Teagarden will go to Double-A Bowie and start playing games for them on Friday and could be an option immediately after the break as well. As soon as Teagarden can prove he can handle catching games at that level, expect him to join the Orioles in place of Ronny Paulino.

Endy Chavez (hamstring strain) is further behind but has started running.

*The Orioles will go with an internal starter for Friday’s game, which eliminates lefty Zach Britton who would line up to pitch that day for Triple-A Norfolk. Dana Eveland is an option as well as Miguel Gonzalez, according to manager Buck Showalter. While Gonzalez isn’t being considered as a rotation candidate, he could make the spot start. Jason Hammel will pitch Saturday and Wei-Yin Chen will go on Sunday.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Xavier Avery LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis RF
Adam Jones CF
Jim Thome DH
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Robert Andino 2B

Chris Tillman RHP

MARINERS LINEUP
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Michael Saunders CF
Casper Wells LF
John Jaso DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Justin Smoak 1B
Jesus Montero C
Dustin Ackley 2B
Munenori Kawasaki SS

Hector Noesi RHP

1 Comment

Britt, I get goose bumps whenever I see Betimet at 3b. He is an error looking for a place to happen.

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