Orioles @ Nationals lineups and pregame notes
Greetings from Nationals Park, where the Orioles will take on the Nats for the second of a two-day series that switches to Baltimore for a pair of games tomorrow. Rookie Kevin Gausman will make his second start for the Orioles with the Nationals promoting Nathan Karns from Double-A to oppose him.
*Taylor Teagarden (dislocated left thumb) served at designated hitter today, he will catch seven innings tomorrow in extended spring and after that he may join one of the team’s Minor League affiliates on rehab assignment.
*Top position player prospect Jonathan Schoop will see a second opinion on his back out in California tomorrow.
*Nothing new on Wei-Yin Chen, he has made a little progress in terms of pain with that oblique.
*There is news on second baseman Brian Roberts, who did some tee work and continues to increase his baseball activities in extended spring. Roberts is about three weeks removed from hamstring surgery that put his timetable at six weeks and manager Buck Showalter said Roberts could still potentially return within that window.
*Wilson Betemit started throwing for the first time today in extended spring.
*Showalter was joined by about eight or nine Orioles today who went to the Walter Reed National Medical Military Center in D.C. today. It was an emotional experience for the group and you can help by participating in the auction on orioles.com. The Orioles’ digicamo pattern jerseys from yesterday’s game were autographed and authenticated with proceeds from the auction going to the Yellow Ribbon Fund to benefit patients at Walter Reed. The auction runs through midnight June 2.
*Here are your weekend pitching matchups for this weekend versus Detroit: Miguel Gonzalez vs. Max Scherzer, Jason Hammel vs. Justin Verlander (FOX game) and Kevin Gausman vs. Rick Porcello.
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Yamaico Navarro 2B
Kevin Gausman RHP
Denard Span CF
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Tyler Moore LF
Roger Bernadina RF
Kurt Suzuki C
Nathan Karns RHP