Spring Training news & notes Day 21 (w Markakis and Weaver updates)
Following Monday’s off day the Orioles will travel to Dunedin to play the Toronto Blue Jays this afternoon. As expected, Nolan Reimold is serving at designated hitter. Reimold has been bothered by right shoulder soreness, but it only bothers him when throwing. He hasn’t played since exiting Friday’s game after two innings.
*Dylan Bundy will throw a side session today, as part of the biomechanical lab testing, and said missing Sunday’s outing with a groin spasm was more of a precaution at this point. Bundy felt the area tighten up while doing sprints on Friday.
*Nick Markakis said he will be out at least a few more days as the right fielder deals with neck stiffness that has sidelined him since Sunday.
“I don’t know if I did it lifting or something but I just went home a couple nights ago and started getting a pain in my neck, and I tried to stretch it out and that didn’t help obviously,” Markakis said. “The next morning I woke up and it was real stiff and bothering me. I’ve never had anything like it so I didn’t know what to expect.”
Markakis was examined by the team doctors on Sunday and there was no structural damage found, and he said Tuesday it’s gradually feeling better, which is a good sign.
“The good thing is I wasn’t getting any numbness or any pain down my arm or leg or anything so we’ve kind of ruled out anything with a disc probably,” he said. “That’s good. Today’s better than yesterday so that’s all we can hope for and we move on from there.
If the season was going on today I would probably be able to play. But it’s spring so we’ll take it easy, nice and slow, no rush.”
Markakis is coming off of season-ending wrist surgery and has played in at least 160 games in four of the last five years. He’s played in four games this spring, going 3-for-12 with an RBI and two walks and traditionally hasn’t needed a lot of Grapefruit League action to get ready for the season.
Markakis hasn’t done any baseball activities since Sunday and will continue to get treatment and be re-evaluated from there. Veteran starters like Markakis typically only play home games during the early portion of camp and the Orioles play at home on Wednesday and Thursday and then again on Sunday.
*The Orioles will host a public celebration of life for legendary manager Earl Weaver on Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m. at Camden Yards.
The program called. “A Celebration of Earl,” will include a video tribute and a collection of notable guest speakers to honor the memory of the greatest manager in Orioles history who passed away in January. Guest speakers scheduled include Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Rick Dempsey, Orioles manager Buck Showalter, National Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson and Ear’s son, Mike Weaver.
There is no admission to attend and stadium Gates A and H will open at 1:00 p.m., with complimentary parking in B/C. The ballpark will be closed once the event has concluded and will reopen for that night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at 5:00 p.m.
*Jonathan Schoop homered for Team Netherlands last night, and the Orioles’ clubhouse was talking about it this morning. MiLB.com caught up with Schoop recently and you can read that here.
*Most of the team’s regulars won’t play in tomorrow’s game against Team Spain, Orioles manger Buck Showalter said.
BLUE JAYS LINEUP
Anthony Gose CF
Emilio Bonifacio 2B
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Mark DeRosa 1B
Jose Thole DH
Andy LaRoche 3B
Henry Blanco C
Mike McCoy SS
J.A. Happ SP
Alexi Casilla SS
Manny Machado 3B
Nolan Reimold DH
Conor Jackson 1B
Steve Pearce RF
Lew Ford LF
Yamaico Navarro 2B
LJ Hoes CF
Luis Exposito C
Steve Johnson RHP