News & notes day 34 (Updated)

Greetings from Sarasota, where the Orioles had an off day preceding Monday’s double rainout, giving (mostly) everybody a nice breather late in camp.

*Those who didn’t get the full off day and came in to the Ed Smith Stadium complex to pitch in an intrasquad game with the team’s minor leaguer players were Brian Matusz (five innings), Kevin Gausman (three innings) and Josh Stinson and Zach Britton, who each threw an inning.

Matusz was originally slated to go four innings, but he had a low pitch count. The lefty is still expected to be part of the team’s bullpen, and said he was stretched out just as much last spring, although he does present the option for the team as a starter. Manager Buck Showalter said those guys will get to pick a day off to take now.

*David Lough is still not in the lineup and has been sidelined with a neck issue since he was a late scratch in Friday’s game, but is expected to be back playing on Thursday if he clears today’s impact test. Lough said he felt some neck stiffness going into March 8’s split-squad game against the Red Sox, but he felt like the inside-the-park homer attempt –he was called out sliding into the plate– could have triggered some of his concussion-like symptoms that followed. He had some dizziness and floaters in his eyes and was shut down for a few days while he went through some tests, the last of which is today. Showalter said Lough will play in a Minor League game on Thursday if he checks out OK today.

*Manny Machado has been doing some pool running the past few days, but has not resumed on-field running just yet. Still, he will leave camp tomorrow to fly to Los Angeles and see Dr. Neal ElAttrache about his knee. You would think he would have to run, perhaps at his appointment, in order to be cleared.

*Johan Santana and Dylan Bundy both threw off flat mounds this morning, with Bundy throwing 15 pitches and Santana 25. I’ll have more from both guys later, but both Santana and Bundy present intriguing in-season options for the Orioles. Perhaps as early as June.

*Darren O’Day threw two scoreless innings at the Minor League complex today.

*Francisco Peguero has been dealing with a nagging right wrist injury and he said the inflammation in there is causing discomfort so he will be in a brace for the next two weeks. Peguero, who was competing for a job, said he will start the season on the disabled list.

*Catch Matt Wieters in back in the lineup for the first time in eight days, as he was sidelined with a minor ankle sprain.

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ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Nelson Cruz LF
Matt Wieters C
Delmon Young DH
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Alexi Casilla 2B

Wei-Yin Chen RHP

RAYS LINEUP
Wil Myers RF
Wilson Betemit 1B
Matt Joyce LF
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Logan Forsythe 3B
Brandon Guyer CF
Jayson Nix SS
Jerry Sands DH
Curt Casali C

Mark Lowe RHP

5 Comments

O’s and Buck. Please keep Rule 5 player Almanzar instead of Delman Young.

Almanzar instead of The Delman, sounds like good move. Young is on a minor league contract, if he starts the. Season at Norfolk he’s available, Almanzar on the other hand would seem to be a “gem” in the rough and worth a look-see, especially as he plays first & third, or am I mistaken??

Keep Borbon as 4th or 5th OF.

He was already reassigned.

Borbon is a ranger and cub reject. he is a triple a player at best. He has speed, but as they say you can’t steal first base. With Jones, Markakis, Lough and Reimold, orioles ok enuff at this point. Hear is a hint, he could not break into a mediocre cub outfield last year.

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