Notes on Reimold, Wada and Urrrutia
Outfielder Nolan Reimold, who left Friday’s game with right shoulder soreness, will be brought along slowly the next few days although manager Buck Showalter reiterated Saturday the team doesn’t believe it’s related to Reimold’s neck surgery.
“Probably during the regular season he probably wouldn’t have said anything,” Showalter said of Reimold, who informed him of the soreness before his second-inning at-bat. “I appreciate him saying something, I don’t want it to turn into something else. He knows we got a lot of time down here. I’m not concerned about it, yet.”
Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden (lower back) was feeling slightly better on Saturday morning and left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada threw a 30-pitch bullpen session back in Sarasota at the Ed Smith Stadium Complex.
Showalter said the organization is “really encouraged” with what’s going on with Wada, who has thrown three bullpen this week, although he was unsure of the next step. Wada, who is rehabbing back from May’s Tommy John surgery, could pitch in a simulate game at some point soon.
Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia, who arrived at the team’s spring facility to take his physical yesterday, informed his new organization he is no longer a switch hitter.
“He hasn’t hit right-handed in a long time so he’s now a left-handed hitter,” manager Buck Showalter said of Urrutia, who signed in July but had trouble securing a visa. “He lost it somewhere between Cuba, the Dominican and Haiti. I’m glad it’s the left side he’s hitting from though. Who knows, he might revisit it at some point. He sat out a year in Cuba for defecting so, I got to change the thing on the board from ‘S’ to ‘L’”
Showalter joked: “I wonder if we get a discount now.”
*Steve Johnson will start Tuesday’s game, followed by right-hander Jair Jurrjens. Johnson was originally slated to throw in tomorrow’s game and this will be his first spring start.