Orioles @ Yankees Game 2 (updated)
*Greetings from the Bronx where the Orioles and Yankees will play a 4p.m. ET game and the weather is much more conducive to a baseball game. New York is sending Phil Hughes to the mound after scratching Andy Pettitte yesterday with back spasms. He will be opposed by Orioles Opening Day starter Jason Hammel.
*The Orioles lost 5-2 last night and are 5-5 on the season.
*Orioles outfielder Steve Pearce turned 30 years old today.
*Steve Johnson and Tsuyoshi Wada threw in an extended spring training game today and manager Buck Showalter said there were positive reports on their performance and velocity. Wada, who has been working with Chris Correnti, threw two innings while Johnson pitched three.
The plan for Wada is to increase by an inning each time out as the lefty works his way back from Tommy John surgery and could return as early as June.
“Today was a big day to get through,” Showalter said. “I think the big day will be tomorrow, seeing how he feels afterward facing hitters and pitching in a game.”
Johnson (lat strain) could be nearing a rehab assignment with an affiliate. Outfielder Henry Urrutia, who has been slowed with a hamstring injury, is also close to joining Double-A Bowie.
Showalter said second baseman BRian Roberts (right hamstring strain) has not been cleared to start baseball activities and is just resting and doing rehab right now. Roberts isn’t expected to be ready April 20, which is the first day he is eligible to come off the disabled list.
*The Orioles will stay on turn following Monday’s off day, with Jake Arrieta starting Tuesday and Chris Tillman on Wednesday.
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Nolan Reimold DH
Jason Hammel RHP
Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix SS
Phil Hughes RHP