News & notes Day 32 (updated)
*Alexi Casilla is a late scratch again, as he was forced off the team bus this morning and not happy about it. Casilla hyper-extended his left knee and there’s still some swelling in there, so the team has decided to play it safe and not have him travel.
“I feel good to play,” Casilla said this morning in the Orioles clubhouse. “I know in the past, I’ve played with worse. Right now, I feel great just a little swollen. But they pushed me off the bus.
When they pushed me, the head trainer [Richie Bancells] pushed me off the bus, I went to Buck’s office and I told him, ‘Hey I’m ready, I feel good to play.’ But the head trainer, I know he’s trying to protect himself I understand his job. But he’s not in my body to feel what I feel. If I say I’m ready to play, I’m ready to play. It’s his word against mine. Let me play. He’s just protecting his job I understand that. But I’m ready to play.”
Casilla said he will test run everything again on Sunday and is shooting to play in Monday’s game. He dealt with a hamstring injury earlier this spring and has just five at-bats.
“This is so frustrating,” he said. “So frustrating.”
*Manny Machado, who had his final re-evaluation postponed since he hasn’t run in six days, said this morning that it’s not a big deal. The scar tissue, which is causing discomfort and is a normal part of the process, has limited Machado lately although he’s still not ruling out Opening Day.
“Maybe. We don’t know yet,” he said of being ready by March 31. “Once I start running I’ll give you a better idea. I was getting close already to start hitting the bases a little harder at this time. I’m physically ready to go. Just a little tightness. The scar tissue is beginning to break up. Once that gets done hopefully I’ll be ready to play games.
“Just part of the process, scar tissue breaking up. That’s something normal after the surgery that I had. It was going to happen either now or later. I’m pretty glad that it was now. Just sit back a couple days and let it heal and keep on going.”
*Nick Markakis, who was icing his left shoulder in the clubhouse this morning, has been dealing with some tendinitis in the area.
“Just a little Spring Training arm soreness,” said Markakis, who was designated hitter yesterday and is slated to play the outfield in Monday afternoon’s game in Clearwater. “Nothing too alarming. It’s been pretty much back to normal the past couple days so it’s been good.”
*Adam Jones is back in the lineup, after leaving camp on Tuesday for the birth of his son.
Jemile Weeks 2B
Jonathan Schoop SS
Henry Urrutia RF
Adam Jones CF
Steve Clevenger C
Nolan Reimold DH
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Michael Almanzar 1B
Quintin Berry LF
Miguel Gonzalez RHP
BLUE JAYS LINEUP
Jose Reyes SS
Colby Rasmus CF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind DH
Melky Cabrera LF
Brett Lawrie 3B
Dioner Navarro C
Ryan Goins 2B
Todd Redmond RHP