Post-game notes on Jones, Gonzalez, Yoon
Some quick hits following the Orioles’ 2-1 win over the Yankees split-squad today…
*Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Adam Jones will travel to Dunedin for Sunday’s game. Jones has been gone since Tuesday for the birth of his first son on Wednesday and Showalter wants to get his at-bats up.
*Alexi Casilla will also play, with the plan being for him to play shortstop, according to Buck. Casilla was a late scratch from yesterday’s game with left knee hyperextension.
*Alex Gonzalez had a hit and a walk today and is quietly making a case to make this team. With today’s news that Manny Machado is unlikely to start the season, Gonzalez provides infield flexibility and can potentially be a utility guy. With Casilla limited so far this spring, it’s something to keep an eye on.
*Suk-min Yoon pitched a scoreless inning today in his debut and you can read more on that here. Caleb Joseph caught him and has made significant improvements in his game behind the plate this spring. Showalter hailed Joseph, who is coming off a career offensive year in Double-A Bowie, and said the youngster has presented himself as “an option” for the big league club this season.
*David Lough (neck) is still considered day-to-day. The Orioles sent him home around lunch, partly just to keep him out of the weight room, Buck joked.
*The Phillies won’t let the Orioles use the designated hitter so both Brian Matusz and Kevin Gausman will get to hit on Monday afternoon.