Orioles @ White Sox lineups and pregame notes (updated)
Greetings from Chicago, where the Orioles will take on the White Sox for a three-game series to start a two-city roadtrip.
*In case you missed it, the O’s traded for pitcher Scott Feldman today, sending Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop to the Chicago Cubs along with a pair of international signing bonuses. the O’s also got catcher Steve Clevenger –who is a Baltimore native– and optioned him to Triple-A. More on that here.
“He’s a guy with some American League background,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Feldman, who pitched for him in Texas. “Scotty is what he is. He’s a competitive guy. Haven’t seen him in a while. He’s had a couple things in his arsenal that are a little different than when I had him. He was more of a relief pitcher there, had a little different arm angle. There’s a lot of things that work in his favor. He’s been in the American League. Should be a pretty seamless transition to the locker room.”
*Feldman is flying here from Oakland tonight and will start tomorrow night’s game. He will wear Arrieta’s old number, 34, and lefty Zach Britton will pitch Thursday’s series finale which pushes Miguel Gonzalez –originally slated for Wednesday– to Friday’s series opener in New York.
“He always seems to benefit from some extra rest,” Showalter said of Gonzalez. “And it fits well. I just didn’t want Scotty to sit around for a week between pitching. He’s already working on some extra time.”
The O’s will have to clear a 25-man roster spot for Feldman and rookie Kevin Gausman could be the guy to go. Gausman is currently in the bullpen in long relief and the O’s could opt to send him to Norfolk to have him consistently start. They could also take Danny Valencia or Chris Dickerson off the roster, two bench guys who were not on the club’s Opening Day roster. Valencia has an option while Dickerson does not so he would have to clear waivers if the O’s went that route.
*Nolan Reimold was officially activated from the disabled list earlier today, taking Strop’s roster spot, and he is starting in left field and batting eighth, which gives the club an extra bench player. Reimold last played for Baltimore on May 11 and had been on the DL with a right hamstring strain that had hampered him since Spring Training.
“I expected it to take a little bit of time to heal up and then get the at-bats that I needed,” said the 29-year-old Reimold, who posted a .196/.255/.304 line in 12 games for Double-A Bowie. “The team was playing well, guys were hitting, playing well, when I wasn’t here. So there wasn’t a huge rush to get back. Just wanted to make sure everything was good to go before I came here.”
Reimold, a right-handed hitter, could get a few starts this week with the Orioles slated to face lefty starters Hector Santiago and Jose Quintana in the final two games of the White Sox series. Lefty John Danks got the nod for Chicago on Tuesday.
*Wei-Yin Chen will make one more rehab start, for Double-A Bowie on Thursday, and the organization hopes to have him back within a week or so. Chen will go up around 90 pitches.
“I want to be fair to him and to our team in the bullpen,” Showalter said of giving Chen a second start. “Billy knows him real well and Rick does, and that played a big part. Billy thought he was really close and needed one more start to be sure. … The last thing I told him was ‘Go down there and win. Go down there and pitch like you’re trying to win that game for Bowie.’”
Here are your lineups..
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Danny Valencia DH
Nolan Reimold LF
Brian Roberts 2B
Jason Hammel RHP
WHITE SOX LINEUP
Alejandro De Aza CF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Alex Rios RF
Adam Dunn 1B
Paul Konerko DH
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Dayan Viciedo LF
Gordon Beckham 2B
Tyler Flowers C
John Danks LHP