Orioles @ Mariners lineups and pregame notes

Greetings from Seattle, where the Orioles will open a three-game series against the Mariners tonight. Here are some pregame notes…

*The Orioles got some encouraging news regarding Nolan Reimold –who has season-ending neck surgery — and it looks as if he will be able to have a regular offseason. Reimold, who is rehabbing at home in Florida, is about two weeks away from being completely cleared to work out. He is not an option regardless of how deep the Orioles could get in the postseason. The hope remains that Reimold, the team’s Opening Day left fielder, will be a full-go in camp this spring.

*Jim Thome had 5 or 6 at-bats in a simulated game today and will do the same tomorrow. Assuming all goes well, Thome will play in a game in the fall instructional league in Florida on Wednesday and manager Buck Showalter said he won’t be considered an option to be activated until at least after Thursday’s off day.

*Troy Patton will throw again in the instructional league tomorrow, his second rehab game down in Sarasota. Showalter said the team will decide the next step for Patton after that, although the team is hoping to see some better command from him this next time out.

*Wilson Betemit saw a hand specialist in Sarasota, Fla. today and the good news is he won’t need surgery on his wrist. That was what the team feared when Betemit re-aggravated the injury in Oakland over the weekend but right now the plan is for him to get a Cortisone shot and let the area calm down. He is still considered a long shot to return this season.

*Nothing new on Jason Hammel, with the process moving pretty slowly at this point. Showalter said they are waiting to get the last bit of discomfort out of Hammel’s knee before taking the next step. He has played catch, and the team remains optimistic he will make another start this season.

*The Orioles rotation following Chris Tillman is Wei-Yin Chen and Joe Saunders with Miguel Gonzalez tentatively slated for the first game in Boston. The O’s are being cautious in limiting Gonzalez’s innings and Showalter said as long as he looks OK in his side session, Gonzalez figures to start Friday at Fenway Park.
ORIOLES LINEUP
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Endy Chavez RF
Robert Andino 2B

Chris Tillman RHP

MARINERS LINEUP
Dustin Ackley 2B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Kyle Seager 3B
Jesus Montero C
John Jaso DH
Michael Saunders LF
Justin Smoak 1B
Eric Thames RF
Brenden Ryan SS

Hector Noesi RHP

1 Comment

Is Quintanilla in the doghouse? If so, why?
He’s done really well overall, certainly better than Avery(no offense to Avery)

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