May 2013

Orioles vs. Tigers

After taking three of four from the Nationals in the Battle of the Beltway, the Orioles will host the Detroit Tigers for a three-game set featuring two of the American League’s best offenses.

*Backup catcher Taylor Teagarden (dislocated left thumb) will catch tonight in an extended  spring training game. He may join one of the team’s Minor League affiliates on rehab assignment if all goes well.

*Reliever Pedro Strop (strained lower back) could throw a simulated game soon and then get at least one outing with a minor league affiliate before being reactivated from the 15-day disabled list.

*Manager Buck Showalter said he got good reports on Zach Britton’s start last night at Triple-A Norfolk. Britton threw 5 innings and struck out 5 batters with two walks in a losing effort.

*Tsuyoshi Wada is scheduled to make another rehab start tonight for Triple-A Norfolk. Showalter said yesterday he still views Wada as a starter, but wouldn’t commit to the role. Once healthy, his arm could be a worthwhile addition to the bullpen.

*Just a reminder on 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.

And here are the lineups for Friday night’s game:

TIGERS LINEUP

Omar Infante 2B

Andy Dirks LF

Miguel Cabrera 3B

Prince Fielder 1B

Victor Martinez DH

Jhonny Peralta SS

Alex Avila C

Avisail Garcia CF

Don Kelly RF

Max Scherzer RHP

 

ORIOLES LINEUP

Nate McLouth LF

Manny Machado 3B

Nick Markakis RF

Adam Jones CF

Chris Davis 1B

Matt Wieters C

J.J. Hardy SS

Chris Dickerson DH

Ryan Flaherty 2B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

 

Posted by Derek Wetmore

Orioles vs. Nationals

 

NATIONALS LINEUP

Denard Span CF

Roger Bernadina RF

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Adam LaRoche DH

Ian Desmond SS

Matt Moore LF

Chad Tracy 3B

Kurt Suzuki C

Danny Espinosa 2B

Dan Haren RHP

 

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 2B

Steve Pearce DH

Freddy Garcia RHP

Orioles vs. Nationals

After splitting a pair of games in DC, the Beltway Series shifts to Baltimore for the next two games.

*In case you missed it, the Orioles optioned Yamaico Navarro and recalled Ryan Flaherty from Triple-A Norfolk and they hope the stay in Triple-A was enough to jump-start Flaherty’s bat. He’s in tonight’s lineup and will also help stabilize the defense, with the club preferring Flaherty’s glove over Navarro’s.

*Some good news on top position player prospect Jonathan Schoop’s back today, as a second opinion confirmed the stress fracture but put the timetable a little ahead of what the club initially thought. Schoop will rest for four weeks and he could be 6-7 weeks away from returning to action.

*Nolan Reimold is running and feeling a lot better, he has yet to sprint but is pretty encouraged.

*Taylor Teagarden caught seven innings in a extended spring today and will DH tomorrow, although he could go to one of the team’s affiliates and start a rehab assignment instead.

*Dylan Bundy is pain-free and has been for about a week with full range of motion, according to manager Buck Showalter. Bundy will see Dr. James Andrews again on June 3 with the 10th the six-week mark from when he got PRP.

 

NATIONALS LINEUP
Denard Span CF
Roger Bernadina RF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Tyler Moore LF
Chad Tracy 3B
Kurt Suzuki C
Danny Espinosa 2B

Jordan Zimmerman RHP

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 2B
Steve Pearce DH

Chris Tillman RHP

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.

ORIOLES LINEUP
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

NATIONALS LINEUP
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

Cubs claim Burnett

The Orioles lost reliever Alex Burnett on Monday, when the right-hander was claimed by the Chicago Cubs off waivers.

Burnett appeared in two games with the Orioles this year, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks over 1 1/3 innings. He was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for rookie Kevin Gausman on Thursday.

Burnett was acquired on a waiver claim from Toronto after the Blue Jays claimed him from the Twins on March 29 and designated him for assignment.

Orioles @ Nationals lineups and pregame notes

Happy Birthday to Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez, who turned 29 today.  Here are the rest of your pregame notes from Nationals Park…

*Tommy Hunter’s right hand is a little swollen but looked good all things considered and he got a second X-ray this afternoon (the first done last night was negative) just to make sure. The early reports have been positive on Hunter and the Orioles are pretty optimistic he’ll avoid any serious injury. Hunter said he hoped to be available tomorrow.

*Speaking of availability, manager Buck Showalter stood by closer Jim Johnson again this morning and the right-hander –who has blown four of his last five save opportunities– will get every opportunity to work through his struggles and get back on track. Johnson will remain the team’s closer, although coming off a 37-pitch outing yesterday he’s not going to pitch for a third consecutive day today.

*Pedro Strop (lower back) is still with the team and Showalter said he hoped to get Strop throwing on the team’s upcoming homestand, which begins on Wednesday.

*All Orioles uniformed personell are wearing special jerseys today and they will be autographed and authenticated and auctioned on Orioles.com beginning at 1 p.m. ET. and continuing through June 2. The proceeds will go to the Yellow Ribbon Fund to  benefit patients at the Walter Reed national Military Medical Center. The Orioles will visit the facility tomorrow.
ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Steve Pearce LF
Yamaico Navarro 2B
Jason Hammel RHP

NATIONALS LINEUP
Denard Span CF
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Jordan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Tyler Moore LF
Roger Bernadina RF
Kurt Suzuki C
Gio Gonzalez LHP

Gausman poised to fufil promise with debut

BALTIMORE — From the moment the Orioles selected right-hander Kevin Gausman with the fourth overall pick in last year’s First-Year Player Draft, this was the plan. The most advanced pitcher in the crop of amateurs, Gausman — out of Louisiana State University — was considered an arm that could help Baltimore, and help soon.

But it wasn’t until a few days ago, when the 22-year-old was discreetly brought into the batting cage to practice his bunting skills during one of Double-A Bowie’s games, that the possibility became clear.

“I was like, ‘What are we doing?'” Gausman said when Brian Graham, director of player development, gave him a bat and had him square up.

What he was doing was preparing for the future.

The Orioles on Thursday will officially promote Gausman and add him to the active roster for his Major League debut that night in Toronto, a bold move for an organization that shocked the baseball world when it called up 20-year-old infielder Manny Machado in the middle of a pennant race last August.

“We’re trying to win,” manager Buck Showalter said of what went into the decision to call up Gausman after just eight Minor League starts. “And we think he can help us.”

Click here to read the rest of the story on Gausman.

BALTIMORE — From the moment the Orioles selected right-hander Kevin Gausman with the fourth overall pick in last year’s First-Year Player Draft, this was the plan. The most advanced pitcher in the crop of amateurs, Gausman — out of Louisiana State University — was considered an arm that could help Baltimore, and help soon.

But it wasn’t until a few days ago, when the 22-year-old was discreetly brought into the batting cage to practice his bunting skills during one of Double-A Bowie’s games, that the possibility became clear.

“I was like, ‘What are we doing?'” Gausman said when Brian Graham, director of player development, gave him a bat and had him square up.

What he was doing was preparing for the future.

Gausman on his promotion

I’ll have a full story up on Kevin Gausman and his Major League debut on Thursday shortly on Orioles.com, but here is what the 22-year-old had to say to the media this afternoon.

[on how he got the news?] “I was in Akron [Ohio] and Brian Graham and Gary Kendall, Blaine Beatty all of them were in the coaches room and called me in there and I didn’t really know what to expect. Gary Kendall kind of dropped the bomb on me. You know, I don’t really think it hit me until today, until my second flight here from Atlanta. Then I just kinda was thinking, you know, ‘Wow I’m really here. It’s crazy.’”

[on what it was like to walk into the clubhouse] “It’s definitely something I’ll never forget. Kind of just walking in here. But like you said, Spring Training, part of the reason they kept me there so long was to kind of get used to being around these guys. I think they did a really good job of having younger prospects, guys like me and [Dylan] Bundy kind of around those guys a lot. so when it does happen like this it doesn’t feel like we don’t know anybody on the team.”

[on the experience at Double-A Bowie] “The biggest thing was they told me to kind of get used to a five-man rotation, get used to pro ball. i hadn’t been used to throwing every fifth day and the travel that yo udo in pro ball, it’s a lot different than college. In college you are not playing every night. So, it’s definitely something you get used to after a while.

[on what the start will be like] “Obviously it’s going to be really exciting. I try and not think about it too much. Just go out there and keep doing what you’re doing and throw strikes.”

[who he called first] “I called my dad and he didn’t answer of course so I called my mom. My dad told me he thinks she just about fainted. It was pretty exciting and kind of emotional for my mom. So it was definitely something I’ll never forget.”

[anybody going to watch?]
“I know my parents are going to be there. I don’t really know anything other than that. Right now I don’t really know.”

[on if he think he's improved from the start of the season]
“Yeah I think I’ve definitely improved. I think the biggest thing is probably my slider more than anything. Just being able to throw it in different situations. I’ve spent all year learning different ways to throw it and in different situations so that’s something I definitely learned more than anything else.”

[were you concentrating on fastball command?]
“I was definitely working on throwing — in Spring Training, kind of focusing on throwing more strikes. One thing I didn’t want to do in big league camp was have them send me down because I couldn’t throw strikes. That was something that I kind of wanted to work on while I was there and I think I hit the ground running in Spring Training and, you know, going into the season, just try to keep doing the same thing.”

[was there a game you thought, ‘if they call me, now I’m ready’?]
“Not really. I didn’t really kind of have that one moment that really sticks out. I was just trying to win ballgames. I kind  of got off to a slow start up there, I was leaving some balls up. So I was just trying to get back to what I was doing in college, just try to leave the ball down and win ballgames.”

Like I said, I was kind of shocked and I didn’t really know what happened until, you know, today. And then I was like, wow, I wish I had hugged this guy or said thanks and stuff like that but it didn’t really hit me until today.”

Orioles vs. Yankees, Gausman here

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will take on the Yankees in a series finale game tonight.

*In case you missed it, the Orioles have promoted top pitching prospect Kevin Gausman and he will be activated and make his Major League debut on Thursday in Toronto. Gausman was in the clubhouse today and will wear No. 37 for the Orioles. Baltimore’s top pick in last year’s Draft, Gausman has been impressive at Double-A Bowie and he got the news last night from Akron, Ohio from Bowie manager Gary Kendall.  Gausman is the Orioles’ best option for the rotation right now and his stay obviously will be performance-based. But it sends an important message too in that the Orioles want to win and they want to win now.

I’ll have more on that shortly on Orioles.com.

*Adam Jones is serving at designated hitter for the second consecutive game and is dealing with some groin soreness stemming from Monday’s game. Manager Buck Showalter, who clarified it was Jones’ groin not leg today, said Jones is not happy with him about the decision but with the team slated to play four games on Toronto’s turf it was a precautionary move.

*Nolan Reimold will remain in Baltimore when the team travels to Toronto and see a local physical therapist. Reimold, who is eligible to come off the DL early next week, probably won’t be ready immediately. But the club hopes he can start getting some at-bats while the team is on the road. Reimold had a pair of MRI done on his right hamstring to confirm the strain and make sure the organization knew what it was dealing with.

*Top position player prospect Jonathan Schoop has been sidelined with a lower back injury that was diagnosed as a stress fracture and he will see Dr. Robert Watkins out in California next week for a second opinion. The club is hoping the second opinion is different than the first one, since a stress fracture would require 6-8 weeks of rest.
YANKEEES LINEUP
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
David Adams 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Reid Brignac SS
Austin Romine C

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones DH
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Dickerson CF
Alexi Casilla 2B

Jason Hammel RHP

Gausman expected to start on Thursday

The Orioles are expected to promote top pitching prospect Kevin Gausman to make Thursday’s start in Toronto with the organization believing that the 22-year-old is their best option.

Gausman will make his Major League debut against the Blue Jays –working on on an extra day of rest– a promotion that is sooner than expected, but not completely a shock given the struggles of Baltimore’s starting rotation. A source confirmed the pending promotion to MLB.com Tuesday night.

The Orioles have gotten three consecutive starts of six innings or more, but went a seven-game stretch prior to that in which the team got five innings or fewer from their starter six times. They’ve already used 10 different starting pitchers and Gausman would be taking the turn of Jair Jurrjens, who allowed four runs over five innings in his one start before being optioned on Tuesday.

Manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday afternoon T.J. McFarland and Jake Arrieta were the two primary candidates for that start, but it’s now expected to be Gausman, who is coming off a career-high 10-strikeout outing for Double-A Bowie Friday night. Gausman allowed an earned run on four hits over six innings in that 90-pitch outing and he has a 3.11 ERA this season for the Baysox.

The Orioles’ first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, Gausman has allowed 21 runs (16 earned) on 44 hits over 46 1/3 innings, striking out 49 and walking just five. He is considered the organization’s second-best pitching prospect, behind only Dylan Bundy, who is currently hurt. Gausman was impressive in big league Spring Training, staying much longer than expected and fitting in exceptionally well among teammates in his first Major League clubhouse.

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