News and notes Day 38 (updated)

*The Orioles have acquired infielder Steve Lombardozzi from Detroit in exchange for Minor League Alex Gonzalez, who fills Detroit’s need for a shortstop. To make room on the 40-man roster catcher Johnny Monell has been designated for assignment. More on that trade here.

“He gives us good depth at second and third, and with his switch-hitting capability, he gives us some good options,” executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said of Lombardozzi, who also has Minor League options available. “He’s already got two years of experience and he’s only 25 years old.”

Could Lombardozzi, a natural second baseman, be in the mix for the Orioles’ starting job? It looks like it.

“We are taking him right now with that in mind. We’ll see how it goes in the next couple days, but our reports are that he can play second, third and in the outfield. And he can contribute offensively from both sides of the plate. Good fundamental player.”

Duquette said it wasn’t so much the news of Manny Machado starting the season on the disabled list, but that the club needed more infield depth.

“We could have taken Alex (Gonzalez) and put him on our 25-man roster and he could have played,” Duquette said. “We had a solution in camp. But I think the Tigers needed a shortstop more than we needed a veteran third baseman. We have some other options, players that can play third base other than Alex.”

*Michael Almanzar is dealing with some swelling in his left knee and will get an MRI on the area today. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club will not try to stash Almanzar, a Rule 5 pick, on the disabled list. If he’s hurt they’ll DL him, if not they will see if he fits on the Opening Day roster.

*Both Dylan Bundy and Johan Santana got their throwing in today before the rain got bad. Bundy will throw one more time off flat ground before advancing to the half mound.

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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
Jonathan Schoop 3B
Jemile Weeks 2B

Brian Matusz LHP

RED SOX LINEUP
Daniel Nava RF
Jonny Gomes LF
David Ortiz DH
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Mike Carp 1B
Ryan Lavarnway C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Jonathan Herrera SS
Mike McCoy 2B

Drake Britton LHP

4 Comments

I’d be shocked if they got the game in. Raining in downtown Sarasota now and the forecast is real bad.

in an unrelated topic, why brett wallace. He is not a major league talent. another wasted move. hope hardy and davis are signed. where are the orioles going to get the offensive numbers if both leave. if hardy goes unsigned, you can bet the yankees will be all over him. same if davis leaves. I don’t see what the problem is when you have two quality players like these to hem and haw. you spend money on players who contribute and are an asset to your organization. hope orioles braintrust is savvy enough to sign the aforementioned players. only my opinion.

The Yankees already have their eyes on a SS and its not Hardy. Too early to tell if they would plan a move for Davis.

We will see. is this from a hot source?

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