Spring Training news & notes Day 19 (updates on Reimold, pitching, Teagarden)
*Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis was not in Sunday’s starting lineup due to neck spasms that he reported to the team’s complex with in the morning.
Manager Buck Showalter said it’s nothing serious –he was examined for structural damage and none was found– although if it were the regular season he would still err on the side of caution and probably sit Markakis. The issue is believed to have stemmed from just sleeping on his neck a little funny.
The team’s first off day this spring is on Monday and with Tuesday’s game being in Dunedin, it’s likely Markakis doesn’t play again until Wednesday’s home contest against Team Spain.
*Nolan Reimold (right shoulder soreness) said Sunday he is feeling better and he is expected to play in Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
“I’m planning on, unless I hear differently, DH’ing him on Tuesday in Dunedin at the very worst,” manager Buck Showalter said of Reimold, who hasn’t played since Friday. “He’s doing a little better.”
Reimold exited Friday’s game –in which he homered in — after two innings and he has been getting treatment to calm the area down. His shoulder doesn’t bother him while swinging, just throwing, but he has taken an upper-body activities completely off since Friday to help speed up the healing process.
“I had a lot of time off, I had neck surgery,” said Reimold, who had his season cut short in April. “ “Everybody has got their kinks to work on, myself included. So, it’s just a kink I got to work out. If I’m doing something incorrect or my body is not responding the right way, better to get ahead, fix it and go on from there rather than keep playing and getting worse and worse. It’s just a kink I got to work out and it will be fine.”
*Catcher Taylor Teagarden (lower back soreness) is a little further behind Reimold and probably won’t play in Tuesday’s game as he tries to rid the lingering soreness from the area.
“I’m going to come in here tomorrow on the off day and see how things are going,” Teagarden said. “I haven’t really tested it yet, but I’m hoping when I test it things will be OK. It’s tough to say [a return date] right now.”
*The Orioles will send out three or four pitchers in the next few days to Minor League camp, which will mark the first round of cuts. Asked if top prospects Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman could have a short stay in big league camp, Showalter said: “”As long as the innings are here, and it benefits them to be here, they’ll stay here. I wouldn’t say that they would necessarily be part of that group.”
So, the expectation is they will be here a little longer, although it’s still highly unlikely either Bundy or Gausman break camp with the Orioles.
*Jim Johnson and Darren O’Day threw to hitters on the back fields this morning and both are tentatively slated to pitch in the Orioles’ game against Team Spain on Wednesday. Luis Ayala, who pitched in the winter league playofffs, is at least a week away from appearing in a game.
*The starting pitching right now is set as follows starting with Tuesday: Steve Johnson (with Jair Jurrjens also pitching), Jake Arrieta (with Zach Britton following), Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen (with Brian Matusz), Chris Tillman (with Miguel Gonzalez). The Orioles will continue to stretch out all of the guys in camp sorting out the best avenue for potential bullpen options –like Matusz and Tommy Hunter– by mid-March.
*The Orioles pitcher will do biomechanic testing for the second consecutive spring, with the Minor League pitchers going through the system on Monday and the Major League guys going the few days after that. They’ll throw all wired up in their underwear in the covered hitting cages, although not all the big league guys will be retested. Showalter said it depends on whether the team feels like they already have a good baseline of that pitcher or not.
*Catcher Chris Robinson was packing up his stuff today and will fly to Arizona to play for Team Canada.
*With Adam Jones gone to the World Baseball Classic, Nate McLouth is in centerfield and Brian Roberts is batting second. You can read more on him in yesterday’s notebook up here.
Ben Revere CF
Freddy Galvis SS
Michael Young 3B
Laynce Nix LF
John Mayberry DH
Carlos Ruiz C
Josh Fields 1B
Joe Mather RF
Cesar Hernandez 2B
Kyle Kendrick RHP
Nate McLouth CF
Brian Roberts 2B
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Conor Jackson DH
Wilson Betemit 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Jason Pridie RF
Trayvon Robinson LF
Chris Tillman RHP