Spring training news & notes 3/28
*As Spring Training winds down, the Orioles say they are ready once again to prove the critics wrong. You can read my season preview here.
*X-rays done this morning on Jair Jurrjens’ ribs came back negative and the right-hander is just really sore today after being hit by a line drive last night. Jurrjens will take today off and could throw again later in the week.
*Chris Dickerson is OK today and is dealing with a sore right Achilles, injured last night, but said he could be used in tonight’s game. Trayvon Robinson continues to be slowed with a glute injury and is day-to-day.
*Wei-Yin Chen pitched five innings today in a Minor League game on the back fields at Ed Smith Stadium and he said, through interpreter Tim Lin, that all went well. It’s his final tuneup before starting the second game of the season on Wednesday.
“I feel stronger this year and I feel like it’s easier this whole Spring Training, just because I have experience from last year,” Chen said. “This year is so much easier for me to prepare, to make adjustments.”
*The Orioles haven’t released a lineup but word out of Rays camp is that Jesse Beal will start for Baltimore. Beal, who will come over from Minor League came, pitched for Class-A Delmarva last year and went 2-4 with a 4.70 ERA in 27 games. The 22-year-old right-hander is from Fairfax Station, VA and has impressed the organization this spring.
Desmond Jennings DH
Sam Fuld CF
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce LF
Yunel Escobar SS
James Loney 1B
Jose Lobaton C
Kelly Johnson 2B
David Price LHP