Orioles @ Angels lineups and pregame notes (updated)

*Chris Davis was a late scratch with a right trapezius strain, which is in the shoulder area, and Ryan Flaherty will now play right field instead. (See the updated lineup below). the trapezius muscle is a large muscle that spans the neck, shoulders and back. Its chief action is support of the shoulders and limbs and rotation of the scapula necessary to raise the arms above shoulder level, which explains why the most discomfort is coming when Davis tries to throw.

We don’t know right now whether it’s a disabled list situation or not. right now. Davis is hitting.274 with 14 homers and 40 RBIs in 70 games. He is 4-for-12 with a double, a homer, two runs scored and five RBIs on the road trip.

*Orioles bullpen coach Bill Castro left the team this morning to fly back to the Dominican Republic due to a death in the family. The Orioles will have Brady Anderson in the bullpen tonight and Don Werner for the rest of the series.

*Right-handed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez will start on Friday, coming out of the bullpen to make the first Major League start of his career. While Dana Eveland was also an option, manager Buck Showalter preferred having the lefty Eveland to follow right-hander Jake Arrieta if needed for tonight. The Angels also fare much better against left-handed starters, and Showalter said the Orioles want to see what they have in Gonzalez before the break.

As far as any pitch count limits, Showalter said: “I think he can go closer to 100, if Anaheim will allow it.”

*Nick Markakis (right wrist) will start his rehab assignment on Saturday for Double-A Bowie, and the plan is for him to play through Monday. He reportedly felt good today swinging the bat and will do the same thing again on Friday.

*Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel fell short in his bid to become a first-time American League All-Star as the 29-year-old — along with three others — lost to Texas Rangers’ pitcher Yu Darvish in the MLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone.

“Being that close is still pretty fun,” Hammel said, “But there’s always next year.”

Hammel has been a pleasant surprise for the Orioles this season after being acquired, along with reliever Matt Lindstrom, in a trade for starter Jeremy Guthrie. A former Rays prospect, Hammel was demoted to the Rockies bullpen late last season and decided he needed to make some adjustments to save his career. It was a wise choice, as the right-hander has pitched to a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts and has been Baltimore’s best starter.

“If you had told him coming in to this year, if he had gone down to the last vote, I think he’d love to go to the All-Star Game and we’d like for him to go there”  Showalter said, “but also I think his arm and his need could stand the time [off], selfishly.”

*Joe Mahoney is here, after getting in at about 11:30 a.m. local time, and he will serve as an extra man off the bench tonight.

“It was a surprise,” Mahoney said of the news, which came after he was pinch-hit for in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game.  “I’m starting to hit a little bit better but I still knew I wasn’t where I need to be. But I’m here to help out wherever I can.

Mahoney was Norfolk’s first baseman, but he has played some left field as well. The 25-year-old Mahoney has batted .257/.312/.355 with 14 doubles, five home runs and 38 RBIs in 84 games with the Tides this season. Originally selected by the Orioles in the sixth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Richmond, Mahoney will be making his Major League debut.

Mahoney said he’s here to help in any way he can and will be making his Major League debut if/when he gets into a game. His wife made the trip with him from Durham, N.C. –which is where Triple-A Norfolk was playing –and his parents, brother, sister and brother’s girlfriend all flew from New York to be here in Anaheim tonight.

*The Angels have placed right-hander Dan Haren on the disabled list, which makes their Sunday starter now TBA.

*Showalter said there was no news regarding the MRA on second baseman Brian Roberts’ hip.

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Jake Arrieta RHP

ANGELS LINEUP
Mike Trout CF
Torii Hunter RF
Albert Pujols 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Mark Trumbo LF
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Howard Kendrick 2B
Erick Aybar SS
John Hester C

Garrett Richards RHP

1 Comment

Britt I have a question. Is it me or did we have 5 or 6 good young pitchers 3 years ago. Britton, Arreita, Matusz, Patton, Bergesen, Berken and Jim jOHNSON. all starters or projected starters. Not to mention a good pitcher in Guthrie and several others that were not that bad. Our offense was a big problem. Since Adair has been here all of our pitching has gone downhill with the exception of the new guys that are doing well and have not been under Adair’s influence for the last two years Can’t be a coincidence for two+ yrs. of regression of our young pitchers and Adair’s coming on board can it. I know he is a good guy and Buck likes him , but Buck has to put the team first and his friendship second. Time for a really good pitching coach.

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