News & notes Day 17 (updated)
The Orioles squared off in their home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays with starter Miguel Gonzalez allowing a run over two innings. Steve Johnson followed with an impressive six outs, striking out Jose Bautista and Adam Lind in the process.
After lining up, both teams observed a moment of silence in honor of PR director Monica Pence Barlow, who passed away due to lung cancer on Friday. MLB Network did a really nice tribute and you can watch it atop of my personal column about Monica here.
In Barlow’s honor, several of the players and coaches wore gray wristbands with the initials “MB” scrawled in black. Chris Davis, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, J.J. Hardy, Matt Wieters, Ryan Flaherty, Manny Machado, manager Buck Showalter, hitting coach Jim Presley, first base coach Wayne Kirby and bench coach John Russell all sported them this afternoon on the televised game.
*Henry Urrutia has got some right shoulder soreness, but is available to hit. He got some treatment earlier.
*The Orioles are still tentatively planning on having Ubaldo Jimenez make his spring debut on March 7. There’s no plans for Suk-min Yoon, who will leave the team on March 4 to get his work visa, to appear in a game yet.
*Quintin Berry (back) will go through a full practice today and could play tomorrow. Berry said this morning he felt good to go, but the team is being cautious given how early in camp it is.
*Brian Matusz (who will leave the team on Monday to get a wart removed) will start Sunday, with Bud Norris starting Monday -followed by Kevin Gausman- and lefty Wei-Yin Chen slated for Tuesday’s start.
*Showalter said Jemile Weeks, Ryan Flaherty and Jonathan Schoop will all concentrate on second base for now and he can always move them around the infield later in camp. With the uncertainty around Manny Machado, there could be some shuffling for the Opening Day roster.
*Alfredo Aceves returned to the team yesterday and Showalter joked it took him about an hour to get back into the flow. Aceves, who played winter ball, also threw a few times while in Mexico to deal with an immigration issue.
David Lough LF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Matt Wieters C
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Alex Gonzalez 3B
Miguel Gonzalez RHP
Also listed to throw: Steve Johnson, Evan Meek, Edgmer Escalona, Josh Stinson, Ryan Webb, Kelvin De La Cruz, Troy Patton and Tim Berry.