Orioles @ Astros, Teagarden activated (updated)
Greetings from Minute Maid Park, where the Orioles will take on the Astros for a three-game set that begins tonight. In case you missed it there were a few notes from Monday’s off day: Chris Davis was named the American League Player of the Week, Dylan Bundy was cleared by Dr. James Andrews to start a throwing program on June 10 and Wei-Yin Chen
*Wei Yin Chen threw 25 pitches today, from 60-75 feet, with no pain and the expectation is he will repeat that again tomorrow. It was the first time Chen has picked up a ball since he suffered the oblique strain.
*Nick Markakis will leave the team following tonight’s game to attend his grandmother’s funeral and he will miss Wednesday and Thursday. Markakis, who drove up to the Long Island area following Sunday’s game, said he was able to be with her for about an hour or so before she was pronounced dead. He will rejoin the team in Tampa on Friday and since the bereavement list requires a player to be out for three games, the team won’t put Markakis on bereavement but play short for two days. That could change if there’s a need to add an extra player, say a reliever, due to a short start.
*Speaking of starts, the team is deciding whether to start Jason Hammel on Thursday and push back Miguel Gonzalez and Kevin Gausman. Hammel had such a short start on Saturday, manager Buck Showalter said there’s a thought to getting him back out there sooner rather than later. But nothing beyond Chris Tillman and Freddy Garcia –for Wednesday– is set in stone just yet.
*Jair Jurrjens exited Sunday’s game after 2 2/3 innings, allowing six earned runs, with a right thumb injury that he had checked out today. Jurrjens is day-to-day and it’s nothing that serious –basically inflammation in the joint– but Showalter said he could miss his next start.
*Wilson Betemit (right knee injury) took some swings in the batting cages today down in extended spring training along with second baseman Brian Roberts. It was the first time hitting for Betemit, who is slowly working back in baseball activities.
*Taylor Teagarden is here and the O’s backup catcher will be activated and available off the bench. Teagarden, who has been on the disabled list with a dislocated left thumb, said the biggest hurdle was gripping a bat and the catching part came pretty easily once he got back into some games. He played at Triple-A Norfolk over the weekend.
With Teagarden here, that makes Chris Snyder the odd man out and his status is currently in limbo as the team waits to see if he will accept an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk.
*Pedro Strop threw a 20-pitch simulated game today, throwing to teammates Alexi Casilla and Steve Pearce, and the plan is for him to take a day off and fly to Sarasota, Fla. to throw an inning on Thursday. Strop will rejoin the Orioles in St. Petersburg on Friday and could be activated over the weekend. He is eligible to come off the DL on Saturday and said he hasn’t had any issues with his lower back.
*Troy Patton, initially drafted by the Houston Astros, grew up about 30-40 minutes from Minute Maid Park and now lives about a mile away in downtown Houston. Patton, who hasn’t been at this park since he was traded to the Orioles in ’08, said he expects to have about 30 people here a night.
Here are your lineups..
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
Danny Valencia DH
Chris Tillman RHP
Brandon Barnes CF
Jose Altuve 2B
Jason Castro C
J.D. Martinez LF
Carlos Pena DH
Chris Carter 1B
Jimmy Paredes RF
Matt Dominguez 3B
Marwin Gonzalez SS
Lucas Harrell RHP