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Orioles @ Tigers

*Jonathan Schoop had two teeth removed yesterday, one of which was a wisdom tooth, and said he will get two more removed in the offseason. The pair that they took out they had to be done now or he would have been sidelined at some point later this season.

*David Lough said his back is feeling better and he hopes to return to game action on Friday. Lough is just getting treatment right now and you can tell he’s antsy to get back out there.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Dariel Alvarez CF
Jimmy Paredes DH
Delmon Young RF
Nolan Reimold LF
Ryan Lavarnway C
Christian Walker 1B
Jayson Nix 2B
Paul Janish SS

Chris Tillman RHP

More pregame notes

*Second baseman Jonathan Schoop is unavailable for Wednesday’s game as Schoop is getting dental work.

“He needs all four wisdom teeth out and he needs two teeth extracted,” manager Buck Showalter said. “They’re going to try and hold off on the wisdom teeth, but he’s going to be down for a few days.”

Schoop is 9-for-37 with two homers and two doubles in 14 spring games.

*One of the first Orioles at the Ed Smith Stadium complex every morning is outfielder Delmon Young, who arrives around 6 a.m. to get in a workout before the sun comes up.

“I’ve been doing this since 2004 [as a Devil Ray] with Carl Crawford. It’s just something I’ve always done,” Young said of his early morning habits. “He was the leader of the team when I first showed up at big league camp, so I followed him around everywhere. He would show up early, so I’d show up early.”

Young is 9-for-32 at the plate this spring and has seen plenty of time in the outfield, though he pointed out he hasn’t gotten a lot of balls hit his way.  Still, much has changed in a year for Young, who was a non-roster guy last spring trying to make the team.  After batting .302/.337/.442 in 83 games in 2014, Young re-signed with Baltimore this winter and is expected to he have a much bigger role this season.

Orioles vs Blue Jays

*Outfielder David Lough, who was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup, said his back is slowly improving and is hopeful he’ll be back in games soon.

“I’m not concerned,” Lough said of the injury. “It’s a lot better today than it was yesterday so it’s a good sign, knowing it’s already healing.”

Lough suffered the injury Tuesday morning in the batting cages, while picking up baseballs.

“I picked up a ball and my low back started spasming on me and I could barely walk yesterday,” he said. “I talked to the trainers, they kind of shut me down yesterday and I feel a lot better today. Hopefully ill be back [Thursday], maybe a couple days, whenever they feel like it’s best for me to get back on the field.”

ORIOLES LINEUP

Everth Cabrera 2B
Manny Macahdo 3B
Steve Pearce 1B
Adam Jones CF
Delmon Young RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nolan Reimold LF
Jimmy Paredes DH
Caleb Joseph C

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Post game quotes

*Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t have a lot of news following his club’s 8-6 loss to the Cardinals.
Asked about starter Bud Norris’ four innings, Showalter said:  “Not as good as it needs to be, not as good as it’s going to be. Like to have him go another inning but the pitch count and the other team wouldn’t let him. Lot of deep counts, lends to lack go crispness.

I just don’t think he’s real confident throwing the ball.  Didn’t seem real confident challenging the strike zone with his stuff. It’s normal. We have a couple more weeks, he’ll get the ball a couple more times. Feel confident he’ll make some strides and be ready.”

*The Orioles aren’t overly concerned about Hunter Harvey’s injury, since it shortens up Harvey’s season anyhow.

“If there is actually such a thing as a good [injury],” manager Buck Showalter said. “It’s not-displaced, hairline and he was only going to throw about X number of innings anyway so now we can just let him go when he gets back. So I don’t look at it as anything, It kind of keeps us from having to break up his season, there’s a half-full (opinion) for you.”

Showalter said Harvey hit 98 mph in that inning on Saturday.

“He’s in a good place, so freshen up his arm a little bit and get him back out there in four to six weeks,” he said. It’s the definition of hairline. You have to really look for it. I don’t know why they went with a CT scan. He must have had some point tenderness today or something. Most of those things, some people pitch with them, play with them. Just not a good idea right now because then it may become displaced. So just put him in a boot and he’ll be ready to go.”

Harvey fractures fibula

SARASOTA, Fla.—Orioles top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey is out 4-6 weeks with a slight fracture of his right fibula.

Harvey had a CT scan on the area Sunday after X-rays came back negative. He was hit by a comeback in a Minor League game Saturday. Harvey was in big league camp this spring and reassigned on March 16.

Pregame notes

*Orioles manager Buck Showalter knows who he isn’t rooting for during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament: Notre Dame.

“I want to see [Orioles prospect Pat Connaughton get eliminated as soon as possible,” Showalter said with a grin. “I’m just being frank. Not in a bad way.”

“That’s how I feel; looking at everything from the Orioles angle.”

Connaughton, a senior who helped the Irish advance to the Sweet Sixteen, was the O’s fourth-round pick in last year’s Draft. He would be able to start his pro baseball career earlier this year should the Irish be eliminated.

*Hunter Harvey will get a CT scan today after X-rays were negative on his right ankle yesterday. He’s been walking around fine, the team just wants to be sure.

*With Matt Wieters unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, the assumption is the Os will start Caleb Joseph.

Os vs Cardinals

ORIOLES LINEUP

Alejandro De Aza RF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Travis Snider DH
J.J. Hardy SS
David Lough LF
Steve Clevenger C
Ryan Flaherty 2B

Bud Norris RHP

CARDINALS LINEUP

Jon Jay LF
Kolten Wong 2B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Matt Adams 1B
Randal Grichuk RF
Scott Moore 3B
Stephen Piscotty DH
Peter Bourjos CF
Cody Stanley C

John Lackey RHP

Matusz on trade rumors

FORT MYERS— Orioles lefty Brian Matusz pitched four scoreless innings against the Red Sox on Friday afternoon and admitted that it’s hard to get away from the trade talks that have been swirling around him this spring.

“I mean, it’s no secret. I’m well aware of talks and things going on,” said Matusz, “But for me all I can control is what I can control. To be able to go out and pitch and get extended and throw all four pitches and mix. Be able to pitch my game is really what it’s all about.”

With Wei-Yin Chen and Kevin Gausman starting separate Minor League games on Friday, the Orioles have been stretching out Matusz again this spring and showcasing him as well. A part of the Orioles bullpen, Matusz made his second spring start against a lineup of Boston regulars and held his own. Asked if hearing his name mentioned as a starter candidate elsewhere was exciting, Matusz said absolutely.

“I don’t think there’s any secret there, what the ultimate goal is,” Matusz said. “But right now being an Oriole the goal is to go out and pitch and get better every day and control what I can control and do whatever I can to help this team win ballgames.

Matusz said the trade rumors haven’t been distracting an he’s been focusing on just trying to get better and work on his pitches this spring.

”I’m just kind of staying in the moment right now,” he said. “Focusing on today was today and now we’ll move forward to five days from now and prepare to pitch then.”

Orioles @ Red Sox lineups and pregame notes

*Matt Wieters won’t play until at least Wednesday, manager Buck Showalter said. Even as DH. The team is being cautious with Wieters, who is dealing with elbow tendinitis.

*Mike Wright has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk and there are more cuts coming postgame.

*Showalter said Chris Tillman will pitch in a Minor League game on Tuesday. Pitching coach Dave Wallace is with Wei-Yin Chen and Kevin Gausman in Minor League games today.

*Alejandro De Aza is expected to return to the team tonight and could go on the road tomorrow. Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Delmon Young are among those making the trip.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Everth Cabrera SS
David Lough CF
Jimmy Paredes 3B
Travis Snider LF
Henry Urrutia RF
Steve Clevenger DH
Chris Parmelee 1B
Ryan Lavarnway C
Ryan Flaherty 2B

Brian Matusz LHP
RED SOX LINEUP
Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Hanley Ramirez LF
Shane Victorino RF
Brock Holt 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Ryan Hanigan C
Christian Vazquez DH

Justin Masterson RHP

Wieters on his elbow and why he doesn’t feel this is a setback

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was sitting by his locker this morning and he held court with the media to discuss the news that he has been shut down from catching in games for a week. Wieters, who had an X-ray on Thursday come back clean, is hoping that this break will prevent him from having a major setback. I’ll have a full story on Orioles.com soon, but here is the transcript:

[any concern?] “No. It’s a matter of we put in a lot of work in the nine months of rehab and the body was just telling me, ‘OK, we’ve put in a lot of hard work, let’s just take a little bit of a breather and let it calm down a little bit.’”

[what happened on Wednesday morning?] “It wasn’t really a different feeling, it was more of just kind of fatigue that I’ve been feeling throughout the whole time and we just pushed through. And it wasn’t a matter of hurting it, it was just a matter of it being able to be healthy and strong as quick as possible. We thought rest would be useful. We don’t really see it as a setback, we just needed to slow things down a little bit instead of trying to force through everything.” 

[on if this was a setback] “It was more of the body telling me to slow down so we don’t have that setback, that was more of it than anything. We’ve done a lot to it in the span of nine months and nine months was always the quickest possible scenario to get to a game. And we felt comfortable when I got in a game, like we had gotten the strength up to where it needs to be. The strength is there to play in a game now it’s just a matter of letting everything settle down and let my elbow tell me when I’m ready to get back behind the plate.” 

[Do you feel the need to try to DH Sunday because you’re behind offensively?] “No, and that’s where I feel we’ll play it by ear of how it goes. I feel like once the elbow is back to feeling really good, then the swing will come and the hitting will come. If we DH Sunday, we DH Sunday because it’s definitely doesn’t feel sensitive to the elbow when I swing. At the same time, even though I’m 0-for whatever, I feel just getting in the box and seeing pitches has been good this spring. It’s just a matter of more than anything, just getting comfortable with the elbow and cutting lose.” 

[on if he will need another throwing progression] “We shouldn’t. That’s the thing. It’s not a complete shutout, because we’re going to keep throwing. We’re just going to try to keep any stress or anything like that off the elbow, so we’re not doing real high intensity. We’re going to try to keep the arm in shape to where once we’re back and ready to go, the arm strength should be back where we left off.”

“I think we’re going to go week by week. We’ll take a look at it on Wednesday and see how it is and make a decision after that, and hopefully it will be good by Wednesday and be able to get back going. Like  I said, I think the hardest thing is when you come in each day, I’m trying to test it out each day and sometimes that doesn’t allow you to get the most rest. I really think the best decision was being able to kind of shut down the mental side of trying to test it every day and see how it is and now we can actually let it sort of relax for a week and see where we are after that.”

[How is this throwing progression different than games?] “It probably won’t be that intense. It will just a matter of picking up a ball and playing catch. We got to the point where we felt strong enough throwing the ball to second base. We’re not really doing rehab to get strength up now. It’s a matter of keeping the arm moving and keeping the maintenance and opposed to building.”

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