Orioles @ Rays lineups (Os cut four, Reimold to DL)
Greetings from Port Charlotte, where the Orioles will finish a split-squad of road games against the Rays. The O’s beat the Red Sox 5-4 and you can read the full game recap here.
*Nolan Reimold was a scratch from Wednesday night’s starting lineup and he will start the season on the disabled list since he’s unable to play the outfield. Reimold is coming off his second consecutive season-ending neck surgery and this buys the club more time to get him ready. It also means Steve Pearce and Delmon Young will most likely get the remaining two bench/outfield spots.
Reimold –who last played in the Majors on July 13 has gone 10-for-38 with a homer and five RBIs in Grapefruit League games and his DL stay will be backdated to Wednesday since he played in Tuesday’s game.
It’s also looking like Michael Almanzar will start the season on the DL. He’s been dealing with tendinitis in his left knee.
*The Orioles have optioned Henry Urrutia and Steve Johnson to Triple-A Norfolk with outfielder Quintin Berry and infielder Alexi Casilla reassigned to minor league camp. The O’s now have 36 players at Major League camp, four non-roster invitees.
The O’s now have 36 players at major league camp, including four non-roster invitees, in advance of Sunday’s deadline to set the 25-man roster.
Casilla was competing for the second base spot and was also considered the frontrunner for the utility job entering camp. But a pair of injuries kept him sidelined most of spring and the club will now decide between Jemile Weeks, Jonathan Schoop and Steve Lombardozzi for both the second base job and the utility spot. Ryan Flaherty will move to third base with Manny Machado starting on the disabled list.
Johnson pitched a scoreless inning in Wednesday afternoon’s win over the Red Sox and allowed six earned runs over 10 innings this spring. Berry, part of a crowded outfield mix, went 8-for-35 in 29 games, with two doubles, a triple and five RBIs.
*Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez went five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, including two home runs, and two walks with two strikeouts and a hit batter.
In the first inning, he gave up two hits, but lead-off hitter Grady Sizemore was thrown out at second base by right fielder Henry Urrutia trying to stretch a single, and Dustin Pedroia, who singled, was erased on an inning-ending double play.
The only clean inning Gonzalez had was the fifth, after facing six batters in the second, then giving up two runs in the third and back-to-back home runs to Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks leading off the fourth.
“The first inning was good and then I started struggling a little bit towards the end,” Gonzalez said. “But made some good pitches when I needed to. It was a rough one out there. Fastball was cutting a lot. Couldn’t really find it but towards the end was better. Last two innings were better even thought I gave up a couple of home runs.
It was just ‘one of those days,’ he said, with command.
“Yeah, it was tough,” Gonzalez said. “First pitch trying to go for strikes and I was falling behind hitters, and it’s a good-hitting ball club. The Red Sox are going to try and get you and make you make more pitches when you’re not around the zone.”
Gonzalez, who earned the win, improving 2-0 with a 3.54 ERA in six spring starts, didn’t get to his desired pitch count, but he was satisfied with the 79 pitches, 47 strikes, he threw.
“Yeah, the pitch count was fine,” he said. “We wanted to get up to 90, but I was getting behind guys, walking a couple guys, hitting guys. But overall it was better.”
Gonzalez expects to start the Orioles first game in Detroit, their fourth of the season.
“I’m ready, ready to go,” he said. “I’m excited for spring training to end and start the season.”
*Evan Meek struck out the side in the ninth, earning his third save…Over the final four innings, T.J. McFarland, Ryan Webb, Steven Johnson, and Meek, combined to hold the Red Sox scoreless, with one hit, one walk, and four strikeouts…Nick Markakis, serving as the designated hitter, played the whole game going, 1-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. He is now batting .341 this spring…Steve Clevenger led off the second with his second home run of the spring.
*Left-hander Johan Santana is scheduled to throw from a full mound on Thursday, as he progresses from shoulder surgery last year…
*Right-hander Dylan Bundy threw from a half mound on Wednesday for the first time, as he progresses from Tommy John surgery last year. He had previously been throwing from flat ground.
Here are the night lineups…
Jonathan Schoop 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz RF
Matt Wieters C
Delmon Young LF
Steve Pearce 1B
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Chris Marerro DH
Chris Tillman RHP
Matt Joyc DH
Wil Myers RF
James Loney 1B
Evan Longoria 3B
David DeJesus LF
Desmond Jennings CF
Logan Forsythe 2B
Ryan Hanigan C
Yunel Escobar SS
David Price LHP
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