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Os/Jays lineups and pregame tidbits

*Touted prospect Kyle Drabek will make his Major League debut tonight as the Orioles go for the sweep…

*Brian Roberts is back in the lineup after taking a day to rest his right knee, which was struck by a pitch in his eighth inning at-bat on Monday night. Luke Scott is at first so just manager Buck Showalter can get another look at him there, and have Corey Patterson in the lineup.

*Jake Arrieta will throw a bullpen on Saturday and depending on how that goes, could make his next start in Boston. The original thought was he would be shut down after last night’s start, but the Orioles want him to pitch in Fenway Park, since he has yet to do that. Actually, technically he has pitched at Fenway, facing Pawtucket while with Triple-A Norfolk. But, you get the gist.

*Brian Matusz felt good playing some long toss with Jeremy Guthrie today and said he’s on track to make his next start, which would be Monday at Boston. Matusz took yesterday off after leaving Monday’s start with a left triceps contusion.

*Julio Lugo, who is suffering from sinus isuses and headaches, will see an ENT on Friday afternoon and won’t be available for the week. Lugo and the Orioles hope to know more after that appointment.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 3B
Luke Scott 1B
Felix Pie LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt WIeters C
Corey Patterson DH
Cesar Izturis SS

Brad Bergesen RHP

BLUE JAYS LINEUP
DeWayne Wise RF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista 3B
Vernon Wells CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
Adam Lind DH
John Buck C
Travis Snider LF

RHP Kyle Drabek

Roberts exits, too

 Orioles second baseman Brian
Roberts
exited Monday’s series opener against the Blue Jays prior to the ninth
inning, after being struck in the right knee by Jason Frasor’s pitch in the
bottom of the eighth inning.

Roberts was hit by Frasor’s first-pitch
fastball and limped gingerly to first base where he was greeted by assistant
athletic trainer Brian Ebel and manager Buck Showalter. Roberts took several
steps off the bag to test his knee but remained in the tie game, representing
the go-ahead run.  Ensuring batter Robert
Andino flied out to end the frame and Roberts did not return.

The O’s offensive catalyst, Roberts
belted a solo homer in the first inning and singled in the third. He exited
with a .286 batting average, including four homers and 15 RBIs despite missing
the entire first half with a herniated disc in his lower back.

Orioles/Red Sox lineups

*Adam Jones and Brian Roberts are back in the lineup. Jones got some treatment and felt better yesterday, Roberts had an MRI on Monday and it came back as well as could be expected, according to manager Buck Showalter. Roberts (hip strain) took pregame batting practice and was a late addition, but he’s good to go..

RED SOX LINEUP
Marco Scutaro SS
Darnell McDonald CF
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 2B
Mike Lowell 1B
J.D. Drew RF
Jed Lowrie 2B
Bill Hall LF

Josh Beckett RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Adam Jones CF
Felix Pie LF
Matt Wieters C
Cesar Izturis SS
Josh Bell 3B

Brian Matusz LHP

Roberts in lineup, Andino among 3 to come up

Update: The Orioles are expected to bring up three guys, Robert Andino, Nolan Reimold and Brandon Snyder on Wednesday. Pitchers will come later since the Os have a well-rested pen and can bring up an extra arm whenever they want.

Since Andino is not on the 40-man roster the Orioles will probably take Frank Mata or Armando Gabino off.

Chris Tillman is starting tonight in Norfolk and isn’t a lock to come up and join the rotation. He struggled last start and if he has another short stint, the O’s could rethink adding him. It’s an important outing to keep an eye on.

Brian Roberts and Adam Jones are in the lineup. Roberts (hip strain) was day-to-day following Monday’s off day and was clearing following pregame batting practice.

Given that Julio Lugo to a hit to the head over the weekend (although a CAT scan came back OK) and Roberts’ uncertainty, Andino will be up to provide some emergency depth. He’s not on the 40-man, so a move will have to be made there.

The Orioles are expected to call up a few players tomorrow, and then wait until Norfolk’s season ends next week to bring up the rest. Chris Tillman and Nolan Reimold are expected to be recalled, with left Troy Patton another possibility to help boost the pen. Keep in mind the Orioles are going to need innings and Patton can be used in long relief to give the Os some length. Current long man Rick VandenHurk is expected to get a few starts so if Patton comes up, he would presumably take his place

 

Orioles/Angels lineup and pregame tidbits

*As expected, David Hernandez (left ankle sprain) is on the DL with Armando Gabino now up here from Triple-A Norfolk. He wasn’t on the team’s 40-man roster, but the trade of Miguel Tejada last week freed up a spot. Hernandez will stay with the team through the homestand and will likely go down to Sarasota after that. He won’t resume throwing for about 7-10 days, given that it’s his landing foot, and will undergo an MRI to make sure there’s no further damage. He was told on a second doctor’s visit that it could be longer than initially thought, and he might not be ready to come off the DL at the 15-day mark.

*Josh Bell is available, but not in the lineup. He left last night’s game with a left hamstring cramp, and new manager Buck Showalter said he could use him if necessary.
 
*B-Rob is fine and back in the lineup.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 3B
Luke Scott 1B
Adam Jones CF
Felix Pie LF
Matt Wieters C
Corey Patterson DH
Cesar Izturis SS
Jake Arrieta RHP

ANGELS LINEUP
Erick Aybar SS
Maicer Izturis 2B
Bobby Abreu LF
Torii Hunter RF
Hideki Matsui DH
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Howie Kendrick 1B
Jeff Mathis C
Peter Bourjos CF
Dan Haren RHP

Hernandez likely to DL , B-Rob/Bell OK

Wednesday’s win came with a price, as David Hernandez exited the clubhouse on crutches with a Grade 2 left ankle sprain. Hernandez said he was told it would be 10-14 days, making a scenario where he avoids the disabled list very unlikely.

He will be reexamined tomorrow, but head athletic trainer Richie Bancells said that the tendon that’s the most sore is one that is a slow healer. So, it’s not looking good. Hernandez suffered the injury trying to protect home plate on a wild pitch and didn’t feel his heel roll, but felt something off. He can put pressure on it, but was told not to.

Obviously this is a big blow to an O’s bullpen that was just starting to look like it had regained even footing.  Buck Showalter said he has already talked to president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail about a potential roster move, so you can bet that the O’s will have some movement (maybe Armando Gabino- but he’s not on the 40-man) should Hernandez go to the DL. 

On a brighter note, Josh Bell (left hamstring cramp) and Brian Roberts appear to be OK and both said they would play on Thursday. Roberts was ruled to have a left shin bruise and said it had nothing to do with his back. Phew. 

B-Rob exits with left shin contusion

BALTIMORE– Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts left Wednesday’s game following a 24-minute rain delay in the top of the sixth inning with a left shin contusion suffered in the first.

Roberts opened the O’s half of the game with a single off starter Ervin Santana and promptly stole second. Angels catcher Jeff Mathis tried a throw down to pick off Roberts and nailed him in what looked to be the left ankle area. Roberts appeared to be in pain and took several hobbles off the bag, but remained in the game. He was sitting on the top step of the dugout talking to head athletic trainer Richard Bancells in between innings, and waited until the last minute to jog out to second.

Roberts grounded out in his next at-bat and didn’t look to be running full force but stayed in the game until heavy rain suspended play two outs into the sixth. He was replaced at second by Julio Lugo with the Orioles leading the Angels, 9-1.

Given Roberts extensive injury this season, he returned from the 60-day disabled list (herniated disk in his lower back) on July 23,  new Orioles manager Buck Showalter noted prior to Wednesday’s game that he would be cautious in giving Roberts some time off.

Os Reax to Showalter hiring

With the news that Buck Showalter has been named the Orioles manager, here are some reactions from inside the clubhouse today.

KEVIN MILLWOOD (who played under Showalter in Texas and remains in close contact with him)

[on his reaction to the hiring] “It’s going to take a lot more than a manager to get a team going in the right direction. I think Buck’s going to do a good job for us, he’s done a good job every where he’s been. It’s just going to be coming down to the simple point of guys buying into what he preaches.”
 
[on Showalter’s no nonsense approach] “I think cutting back on some nonsense wouldn’t be a bad thing. Maybe just new blood around here, maybe that will help. Obviously, something needs to change and I think  [interim manager Juan Samuel] did a good job, but sometimes you got to take someone from the outside coming in to really make the kind of change that they need.”

It will definitely be nice to know who is going to be here for however long, and not worried about whether he’s getting fired at the end of the season and in the offseason. This season you are going to end up with him and you are going to go into Spring Training with him and probably have him for a while after that. So, a little stability goes a long way.”

MATT WIETERS

[on his initial reaction to the hiring of Showalter] “We’ve been hearing about it a lot over the last month or so we were certainly aware that the situation might happen. It’s something that it doesn’t really matter who the manager is, the players are going to have to play better and we’re all going to have to pull together and play better as a team. Maybe this will give us a more continuous face at the head.

I’ve loved both managers [Dave Trembley and Samuel] that I’ve had since I’ve been here, but now that I know that this guy is going to probably be here for a while. I never met the guy so I’m definitely going to be coming in with eyes wide open and see what he’s all about. It will be good that you’ll have a manager that’s probably going to be here for a long time.”

[on what he’s heard about Showalter]: “He goes into places and he commands respect and he’s going to sort of preach his ways and the places that he’s been, he’s been able to turn around some teams and be successful. Everybody in this clubhouse wants to turn things around.”

BRIAN ROBERTS

[on his reaction] “First and foremost, you feel bad for the guys that came before him. I think we still feel bad for Dave and Juan’s done a great job filling in. I think always, the guys that have been around for a while, and the ones that have been here, you hope that they have a chance. We know now that it’s going to be Buck. I’ve heard good things. I heard he’s very prepared and certainly his reputation over the years is very good. He’s managed winning teams. Hopefully, it will be something good for us.”

[on Buck bringing some changes to the organization] “I’m sure he’s going to change some things. I think every manager is a little bit different. I don’t know how much can be changed. I don’t think any of us really know that at this point. I guess Millwood could give us a little bit of an idea of what’s coming. I think it’s just going to be something that we’re going to have to experience and see where he takes us.

[on finally knowing what’s going to happen] “Direction, I think stability is always a good thing. I don’t think any organization, any company wants to be in an unstable place. Hopefully, this will bring some stability and hopefully this will be something that will be a lasting decision, and it will maybe go even beyond that. I think it’s a good starting point. When he gets here on Tuesday, we’ll see where we’re at.”

NICK MARKAKIS

“With the situation we are in, it is nice to know that we are going to have a permanent solution as far as the manager goes. It’s been tough, Juan’s been doing a good job, but the organization feels that we needed to have a long-term manager. And I think for the team and the organization it’s the right decision.”

[on what he knows about Showalter] “Nothing, never met him.  You hear what you hear but you don’t know what you are going to get until he talks to us, Tuesday. And we will go from there.”

JEREMY GUTHRIE

“I really don’t know anything about Buck other than I’ve heard a few players say they enjoyed playing for him. He expects a lot of his players, pays attention to details. That’s about the extent I’ve heard of him as a manager. I’m eager to see his knowledge of the game, just watching baseball tonight and ESPN programs. He has a tremendous track record, it’s probably one of the things that was most appealing to us in our situation is a guy who has been there and had a ton of success in his career.”

[on possible changes coming with Showalter as manager] “Yes I think he’s definitely here to change things. It makes sense for them to bring in fresh perspective, bring in a different attitude, someone who hasn’t necessarily been part of the orioles but has seen what we have gone through the past years. And try that approach. In the four years I’ve been here that’s an approach we haven’t taken yet. I can’t speak for [president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail] but I’m sure that’s part of what went into the decision making to bring Buck on board.”

[on finally having a long-term manager in place] “It will certainly provide stability and give us a foundation to start building off. As it is it feels like maybe we’ve been building kind of on a temporary foundation. But now Buck will arrive next week and he will begin his project of getting this team back where it should be.”

Roberts on his long-awaiting return

BALTIMORE– Interim Orioles manager Juan Samuel half-joked on Thursday that he was worried that an eager Brian Roberts — who offered to write the O’s lineup — would pencil his own name in the leadoff spot.

On Friday Samuel didn’t need to worry about any preemptive moves, as Baltimore activated Roberts from the 60-day disabled list prior to the second game of the Orioles-Twins wraparound set. And for the first time since April 9’s homer opener; Roberts’ name was exactly where it should be: batting leadoff and playing second base.

“These guys are probably exhausted and it is like Opening Day for me,” Roberts said with a grin as his teammates prepared for game No. 96, which will only be Roberts’ fifth start.

“I’m looking forward to just getting out there and playing. It has been a long time and I’m just excited to be back on the field.”

There was a time when Roberts wasn’t sure if that would be possible this season.

Officially on the disabled list since April 10, Roberts has dealt with several epidural injections to help quell the inflammation around a herniated disc in his lower back suffered this offseason, a bout of pneumonia that got him hospitalized and “unrelated back pain” that further postponed the prospect of getting in any rehab games at the Orioles’ Spring Training complex in Sarasota, Fla.

“It did get to the point a couple of times, where I didn’t know if it was better off just not even pushing it anymore,” Roberts said on Monday after taking pregame batting practice in preparation for his first Double-A rehab game “But, you know, you just go through the process and you see where it takes you.

“I was going to continue to go through that [process] until it got to the point where there was no hope at the end.”

Fortunately for Roberts and the Orioles, it never got that far. The second baseman started his rehab last week and after going 8-for-15 in three games with the Gulf Coast League O’s, Roberts hit 429 (6-for-14) with two doubles in three games at Bowie, and campaigned heavily for a weekend return.

“We were trying not to have him back, so we wouldn’t take a chance and have him play on the turf [next week] in Toronto,” Samuel said.  “But he stated that he’s ready to go. And we feel like he knows his body better than anybody else.”

Roberts is tentatively scheduled to play back-to-back games, rest on Sunday and take off the middle game (Tuesday) of next week’s Toronto series. While much of his playing time will depend on how he feels, Roberts said he’s not worried or uneasy about pushing to return to the lineup so soon.

“Obviously there are things I still haven’t done, but I am not too worried about going out there in the game and doing the things I normally do,” Roberts said. “I may make some adjustments. We’ll see how it goes.”

Roberts played three consecutive games at Bowie and said on Thursday he accomplished everything he set out to do on the short rehab stint.

“I played two nine-inning games, one at 11 a.m. [ET],” Roberts said. “I figure if I can play at 7 [p.m.] and turn around and play at 11 [the next morning], I am doing all right. Obviously, seeing pitches, getting at-bats, things like that. I felt like I got out most of what I needed to.”

With Roberts’ return, Samuel acknowledged the importance of having a premier leadoff man and how much B-Rob’s presence will benefit middle-of-the-order hitters Tejada and Nick Markakis.

“We’ve been using Corey [Patterson at leadoff], we’ve been using Felix Pie there,” Samuel said. “Felix doesn’t look very comfortable there. He seems more comfortable to be hitting down in the order. It’s a mindset. Brian is a guy that works the count, takes pitches.
 
“We will definitely welcome Brian back. We know how much he means to our club in the leadoff spot.”

A dynamic table-setter, the switch-hitting Roberts hit .283 with a .356 on-base percentage and a .451 slugging percentage in 159 games last season. He hit 16 homers with 79 RBIs and a franchise-record 56 doubles, which also set the all-time single-season mark in a season by a switch-hitter.

While Roberts’ return is expected to bolster a beleaguered Baltimore offense, Samuel said he will use caution in bringing back Roberts given how much time he missed and the nature of his injury.

The 32-year-old Roberts — in the first year of a four-year, $40 million deal — missed most of Spring Training after receiving his first epidural for the injury he originally suffered during offseason workouts in Arizona. He had just 19 spring-at bats, but both Roberts and the team pronounced him to be in playing shape, and Roberts was starting in his fourth consecutive game on April 9 when he reinjured his back on a successful first-inning headfirst slide stealing second.

“We have to be careful, especially in Toronto,” Samuel said. “Let’s see how [Roberts] feels after playing him back-to-back games here [at Camden Yards]. We want to be smart with that.”

Os/Twins series opener and tidbits

*Brian Roberts was here and spoke to several reporters today about the ongoing speculation concerning his return. B-Rob has been pushing to come back and I’d be shocked if he wasn’t activated this weekend, probably even for Friday. As for the Toronto turf, he said it wasn’t that big of a deal as people make it, and was confident his back would hold up.
*Who goes for Roberts? Julio Lugo is the team’s only backup shortstop, a fact interim manager Juan Samuel confirmed prior to Thursday’s game. That pretty much puts the nail in the coffin for Scott Moore, who is out of options and will have to clear waivers first.
*Matt Wieters was out running the bases and still expects to be activated and ready for Sunday. Samuel said the other day he would probably insert Wieters right back into the lineup. With Craig Tatum playing so well and Jake Fox able to play multiple positions, who goes on this move is a much tougher call. I know Tatum is out of options, while Fox would have to clear waivers and might not make it through. Samuel said he wasn’t sure if the team can afford to carry three catchers. So stay tuned on that one.
*The Orioles would like to limit the second-half use of first-time relievers Jason Berken and David Hernandez. Particularly with Berken, –who ate up a lot of innings in the first half as the long man — the concern will be keeping them healthy and effective. Of course, a lot of this plan relies on the starters going more than 3 or 4 innings.
 

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Felix Pie LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 1B
Adam Jones CF
Scott Moore 2B
Craig Tatum C
Cesar Izturis SS
Kevin Millwood RHP

TWINS LINEUP:
Denard Span CF
Orlando Hudson 2B
Joe Mauer DH
Jason Kubel RF
Michael Cuddyer 1B
Delmon Young LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Punto 3B
Drew Butera C
Carl Pavano RHP

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