Orioles vs. Red Sox lineups and pregame notes (updated)

*The organization is going to try left-handed starter Brian Matusz as a bullpen option, with Matusz slated to make a few relief appearances for Triple-A Norfolk and see how it goes. Manager Buck Showalter said he would be surprised if Matusz doesn’t excel in the role and that the 25-year-old was very receptive to going to the bullpen because it’s an avenue that could help him help the big league club.

Why Matusz? Over his career, Matusz has held left-handed hitters to a .223/.281/.384 line with 23 walks against 103 strikeouts. The Orioles are trying to fill the multi-inning lefty role internally and they’ve had internal discussions about it for the last week or two. Matusz is expected to get a few outings in relief and then be re-evaluated from there.

*Jim Thome (herniated disk) in currently on the disabled list, but is still finding ways to help out. Thome is going to watch  top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy’s first start for Double-A Bowie tonight and Showalter said the veteran is really excited about giving him the full scouting report. As a reminder, associate reporter Greg Luca will be there live tweeting and reporting on Bundy’s outing. Give him a follow on Twitter: @GregLuca.

Thome will head home to Chicago after tomorrow’s team picture –since he’s not cleared for baseball activities just yet — while Ryan Flaherty is expected to play in his first rehab game with Triple-A Norfolk sometime this week.

*Jason Hammel threw about 20 pitches in his first bullpen since undergoing right knee surgery and he said everything went well. Hammel, who will remain with the team until he goes out on a rehab assignment, is still hoping to be back in early September. The plan is for him to throw another light bullpen on Thursday and possibly a simulated game after that.

*The Orioles will  place left-handed reliever Troy Patton on the disabled list as expected after Patton rolled his right ankle in the parking garage of his Baltimore apartment Sunday night. Patton had X-Rays done yesterday after his ankle swelled up pretty good overnight and nothing is broken, it’s just a minor injury. He seemed pretty confident it would be the minimum 15-day stay and said he’s rolled this ankle twice before. Patton will head to extended spring in Sarasota, Fla. after tomorrow’s team picture.

*In Patton’s place, Steve Johnson is here and the right-hander –who was slated to start for Triple-A Norfolk today — is listed out of the bullpen tonight. Wei-Yin Chen is still the starter, and the Orioles rotation will remain the same for the next three games with possible changes on Friday. Showalter said Johnson is a candidate for Friday or Saturday’s start. Tommy Hunter would presumably start one of those games.

While the Orioles considered starting Johnson today and moving back the rest of the rotation, having him in the bullpen gives the team some length for the next few days if needed.

*J.C. Romero is also listed as the Orioles’ lone lefty out of the bullpen. Romero was traded for yesterday and will be used in place of Patton, although he probably won’t be stretched out quite as much.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nate McLouth LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Omar Quintanilla 2B

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

RED SOX LINEUP

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Pedro Ciriaco DH
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Cody Ross RF
Ryan Lavarnway C
Carl Crawford LF
Alex Aviles SS
Danny Valencia 3B

Josh Beckett RHP

6 Comments

Why didn’t the Orioles just let Johnson start tonight and push the others back one day?

my guess is they probably wanted to keep steve johnson available in the bullpen just incase they needed him since they don’t really have a long reliever right now

Exactly. check above, I mentioned the same thing. He can start later in the week still.

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This is by far our best line up, both defensively and offensively..

Great game tonight, such a satisfying win.

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