April 2013

Orioles @ Rays series finale lineups and pregame notes (updated)

*Wilson Betemit had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in Baltimore yesterday, to get a few things cleaned up and for the organization to make sure there wasn’t anything unexpected in there. The procedure is not expected to change his timetable of 6-8 weeks and was performed by Dr. John Wilckens.

*Pitcher Steve Johnson (strained right lat) started a long toss progression yesterday as he works his way back.

*Dylan Bundy, who was placed on the seven-day Minor League disabled list, through today with no reported right elbow discomfort. The organization remains optimistic it’s just a minor issue with Bundy’s elbow.

*Manager Buck Showalter said there are two options the team is discussing, feasibly three, in terms of a roster move on Saturday to activate Chris Tillman. Tillman will start that game and –asked if he could play with a short bench– Showalter said all options are still on the table.

*The Orioles have claimed right-handed pitcher Josh Stinson off waivers from the A’s and have optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk, where he will work out of the starting rotation. So Norfolk’s rotation right now will be Zach Clark, Jair Jurrjens, Zach Britton, Freddy Garcia and Stinson.

 

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty DH
Brian Roberts 2B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

RAYS LINEUP
Desmond Jennings CF
Matt Joyce LF
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Shelley Duncan DH
Yunel Escobar SS
James Loney 1B
Jose Molina C
Ryan Roberts 2B

Roberto Hernandez RHP

Orioles @ Rays lineups and pregame notes

*Not much in the way of pregame notes here from Tropicana Field, although the Orioles do have a different leadoff hitter tonight in Nate McLouth. Asked if he’d go with McLouth against right-handed starters, manager Buck Showalter was noncommittal. The O’s had Nick Markakis, who is hitting third tonight, batting in the leadoff spot against lefty David Price last night. For more on that win, click here.

*In case you missed it, Opening Day was a family affair for Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who took in the moment of his first Opening Day with his family watching in the stands. For more on that, click here.

*Chris Tillman, who is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list and start Saturday, threw a little more in yesterday’s bullpen session than normal and will throw another ‘pen on Thursday. Tillman’s last start was on Friday.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Nolan Reimold DH
Brian Roberts 2B

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

RAYS LINEUP
Desmond Jennings cf
Sean Rodriguez lf
Ben Zobrist rf
Evan Longoria 3b
Shelley Duncan dh
Yunel Escobar ss
Ryan Roberts 2b
Jose Lobaton c
Kelly Johnson 1b

Jeremy Hellickson RHP

A few more notes and links

*Henry Urrutia will stay in extended spring in Sarasota, Fla. for another week as the organization is waiting on one more paper to secure before the Cuban outfielder is allowed to be sent out to one of the affiliates. Urrutia, who didn’t arrive in the United States until mid-March, is slated to start his season at Double-A Bowie.

“In fairness to him he needs another week, seven, eight, nine, 10 days to get some at-bats and get the rust off from not playing,” executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said of Urrutia.  “He’s not quite ready to go out, we need one more piece of paper that will allow him to go out and play. So hopefully we will get that in the next week or so.”

For more on Urrutia, click here.

*If you’re looking for Opening Day notes and lineups, you can find those here.

*The Rays-Orioles matchup in a wide-open American League East can be previewed here.

*For more on Orioles starter Jason Hammel, who will start his first Opening Day against a Tampa Bay team that drafted him, click here.

 

And so it begins- Orioles Opening Day lineup

The Orioles have set their Opening Day roster and they’ve got Jason Hammel on the mound against David Price on Tuesday. The O’s will have a workout at Tropicana Field here shortly and here are some notes from that…

*The Orioles Opening Day lineup is below with manager Buck Showalter going with Manny Machado second and Steve Pearce starting at designated hitter. Nolan Reimold will also start in left field, putting Nate McLouth on the bench as the extra outfielder.

“I like the presentation he gives us initially,” Showalter said of Machado. “I think Manny, sometime in his career, you could hit him in a lot of different spots. He’s a guy who’s running better. They did a lot of work with his form and some stuff with his running. When I first saw him as a young kid, he wasn’t running near as good as he’s running now. One, he’s trying to run, if that makes any sense. If you look at his technique early on, he was kind of a 10-to-2 guy. Brady [Anderson] has done some really good work with him. He’s picked up some foot speed.”
ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Nolan Reimold LF
Steve Pearce DH
Brian Roberts 2B

Jason Hammel RHP

RAYS LINEUP
Desmond Jennings CF
Sam Fuld RF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce LF
Yuniel Escobar 6
James Loney 1B
Jose Molina C
Kelly Johnson 2B

David Price LHP

*The Orioles have added Einar Diaz to the Major League staff, promoting him as an assistant coach, primarily to hitting coach Jim Presley.

“There are somewhere between 17 and 20 teams taking advantage of the new rule,” said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, referencing Major League Baseball’s rule change that allows a seventh coach to be in the dugout or bullpen this season.

“He throws a real, real good batting practice, which is very valuable. We lost a good arm in DeMarlo [Hale[. And you’re talking about 162 games. I’ve had Einar as a player. Einar is just a solid human being. He’ll fit in real well in the clubhouse. Seamless. I won’t say he was trying out, but I was looking at him potentially being that guy and it really seemed like a good fit for both of us. Einar makes us better.”

*The Rays have announced that tomorrow’s game is sold out, marking the organization’s eighth consecutive home Opening Day sellout.

 

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