Spring Training news & notes Day 17 (updated)

*Taylor Teagarden came in this morning with back spasms and the team will back off him for a few days. Teagarden, who didn’t play until July 14 last season with a back injury, said it’s not nearly as serious this time around and expects to feel “significantly better” tomorrow.

*Adam Jones will play in his final spring game before leaving for the World Baseball Classic today. I’ll have a full story on Jones, who  will play for Team USA, up later on Orioles.com. He does expect to play 162 games for the Orioles again this year although manager Buck Showalter will try to talk him out of it. (Last year, Jones won that battle and played in every game).

When he comes back, Jones will be brought back slowly to give him some time to recover given that he’ll be playing full games early in spring.

*With more roster transactions than games played last season, the Orioles’ claim of giving guys an opportunity isn’t merely lip service, with evidence in nearly every corner of the 61 lockers that crowd the Major League clubhouse this spring.

It’s what gives hope to pitchers like right-hander Zach Clark, a 29-year-old in his first big league camp who watched Miguel Gonzalez rise from the Double-A back fields in Minor League Spring Training to the Major League rotation.

“When you see guys that get chances it definitely makes you feel good,” said Clark, who was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and was added to the 40-man roster this winter. “I’m not a prospect, I’m not young, I don’t throw really hard, but I do get people out. So, it’s encouraging to see [guys like Gonzalez succeed].”

To read more about Clark and his journey to big league camp, click here.

*Jair Jurrjens struggled with his command in his second start, while Henry Urrutia arrived in Florida. You can read those notes here.

*The Orioles will take on the Pirates this afternoon for the two clubs first meeting of the spring. Jason Hammel will make his first start of the spring followed by Mike Wright, Mark Hendrickson and T.J. McFarland.

Saturday’s game will be started by Wei-Yin Chen, with Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter, Troy Patton and Daniel McCutchen also scheduled to pitch. Chris Tillman will pitch Sunday’s game followed by Miguel Gonzalez, Todd Redmond, Steve Johnson, Dylan Bundy and Adam Russell.

The team is off on Monday with Jair Jurrjens pitching Tuesday’s game at Dunedin.

PIRATES LINEUP
Starling Marte LF
Chase d’Arnaud SS
Andrew McCutchen CF
Gaby Sanchez 1B
Travis Snider DH
Brad Hawpe RF
Michael McKenry C
Jared Goedert 3B
Ivan DeJesus, Jr. 2B

James McDonald RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Nate McLouth DH
Nolan Reimold LF
Wilson Betemit 3B

Jason Hammel RHP

1 Comment

I’m very impressed with the amazing talent we have, I have never really paid alot of attention to spring training until this year. I’m most suprised by the play of the new free agents and Brian Roberts. B Rob has been a fixture at 2nd for along time now and to see him like the Brian of ole brings a great smile to me. I was sadden by the loss of Reynolds because his deffense was lights outs at 1st last year, however I have faith in Davis to accept the challange and emerge into a star. The bullpen is going to look pretty good, I have my opinions for the final 5th spot. I feel the 5ht spot should go to Brian Matusz.

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