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Yes, I’m off today. But just wanted to hop on here and fill
you in a little bit.
Brian Roberts was
scheduled to be evaluated
by a doctor today, and the team will make a decision after that. Several outlets are reporting infielder Justin Turner was summoned from
Triple-A Norfolk which means the prognosis for B-Rob doesn’t look good. Turner
is on the 40-man roster and play second base, so he would add depth if it’s a DL
scenario, although Julio Lugo/Ty Wigginton would figure to get the bulk of playing time.
now you know about Chris Tillman, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk in favor
of David Hernandez, who will be the Orioles fifth starter. The O’s just
announced that Alberto Castillo and Justin Turner will join Tillman at
Adam Donachie and outfielder Jeff Salazar has been reassigned to Minor League
camp as well. Baltimore will hang on to infielder Scott Moore and right-handed
pitchers Alfredo Simon and Ross Wolf, although they have also been reassigned to
Minor League camp. The trio will stay in Major League camp to provide depth.
The team’s roster stands at 33.
While the Orioles’ 13-3 loss to the Blue Jays is one you’d probably like to forget, I did take some time pregame to snap a few more shots.
I know what you’re thinking: what an original stadium name. I thought the same thing.
of baseball operations Andy MacPhail confirmed that second baseman Brian Roberts saw Dr. Lee
Riley of The John Hopkins Hospital on Monday and is expected to fly back
to Sarasota later in the day.
The intended course
of action for Roberts included an epidural, which according to a report in
Baltimore Sun, took place. MacPhail couldn’t confirm what happened during
Roberts’ appointment, but said the team expects Roberts to be back in the
clubhouse on Tuesday morning. According
to MacPhail, the plan is to wait a few days and see how Riley’s treatment
Roberts participated in infield practice before leaving on
Sunday, and insisted his visit to Riley was not a setback, but a more
aggressive approach in treating the slightly herniated disc in his lower back.
The injury was suffered during offseason workouts at the Athletes Performance
Institute in Arizona.
MacPhail has said
previously that the situation is a growing concern, and that the Orioles will
explore internal options as well as explore outside help if there is a fit.
Manager Dave Trembley reiterated that sentiment on Monday afternoon and has
already begun to get certain players extra work at second, should Roberts not
be ready by April 6’s Opening Day.
“We need to
do what we can with what we have right here in camp and if something happens
from outside the camp we will deal with it then,” Trembley said. “I’d still
like to believe that Roberts will be our guy, but we’re at the point now where
you have to start thinking about the possibility, what we could do elsewhere.”
“You got three guys on the roster [Justin] Turner, [Ty] Wiggington,
[and Robert] Andino,” Trembley said. “You are going to look at those three
Wigginton -who was
lauded by MacPhail for his strong play in Saturday’s start – also started at
second on Monday. A veteran utility guy,
Wigginton has the most experience of the three candidates, appearing in nine
games at second base last year. Prior to
that, Wigginton spent two years in Houston mainly at third base and the
outfield, but he played in a career-high 46 games at second for the
then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays in ’06.
Primarily a shortstop, Andino appeared at second base for
the Orioles in eight games last year, including three starts. He made nine starts and 15 appearances there
for the Marlins in ’08. A September call-up, Turner played parts of
three games at second base last season in his first taste of the big leagues.
“From my standpoint, Wiggy had about as good of a day
as you can have over there [Saturday against the Yankees],” MacPhail said
on Sunday. “And he’s got some pedigree in terms of his Major League
experience. “To me, you know, I would like to see him get [the] lion’s
share — at least some innings again — over at second to just expand on
While Roberts has made it clear that he’s not worried about
his readyiness for Opening Day, he has been limited in baseball-related
activities and hasn’t hit in nearly a week.
Roberts’ progression in treating the injury was slowed last
week after medication he was prescribed upset his stomach. Trembley described
the megadose pack as similar to a cortisone shot and said it was prescribed to
help reduce the inflammation in Roberts’ back. While suffering from virus-like
symptoms, Roberts did not take any medication and was placed on a different
medication for the few days leading up to Sunday’s appointment.
I wrote earlier today about the Brian Roberts setback, which is basically an upset stomach caused by his back medication. Following the game, president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail acknowledged Roberts’ status for Opening Day is becoming a growing concern.
“You have to be concerned now,” MacPhail said. “To me, you get 10 games into Spring Training before you really start paying attention, but the clock is starting to be an issue.
“It’s getting to be something that’s on my radar screen, even though at the present time our athletic staff feels like he’s going to be ready by Opening Day. By now we have to start thinking about, ‘What if he isn’t ready?'”
When asked if the team would seek outside relief to temporarily fill the hole at second base, MacPhail didn’t rule out the option.
“We will see what’s out there,” he said. “Obviously, we have weekly calls with our pro scouts and we have to let them know what’s going on in our camp. We might have to shift their focus a little bit from what the initial menu was. And then obviously, we are going to have to start exploring more internal options as well.”
In Roberts’ place Robert Andino would figure to be the leading candidate to fill the role. Trembley has said earlier this spring that Andino is the team’s back up middle infielder.Still, Andino has struggled this spring, going 1-for-11 in four games. Other middle infielders in camp include Justin Turner, Miguel Abreu, and Michael Aubrey.
Update 9:02: Just got word that there will be some news out of Os camp around 9:30. As always check back here and on Twitter for the latest updates.
So while the Nats’ Stephen Strasburg makes his debut, there are a few other games
going on Tuesday afternoon. Namely, the Orioles and the Rays, who will face off
for the third time in Grapefruit League play.
Nolan Reimold will make his second start of the spring, playing left field for the first time since getting in a few innings during the team’s intrasquad game. Given the lack of any sort of news in Orioles camp, some of the guys were teasing Reimold about all the attention his left Achilles tendon is getting. But the Orioles have been adamant about taking it slow with Reimold (who had surgery on the tendon in September) so that he’s ready by Opening Day.
According to AccuWeather.com (my new best friend this spring), there’s a chance
of afternoon showers. Let’s hope they get the game in delay-free.
Justin Turner was walking around the clubhouse this morning sans ice or a wrap. His left foot, which was struck by a ball hit by Garrett Atkins during Friday’s BP, seems to have come down considerably. So he should be back soon.
Robert Andino 2B
Nolan Reimold LF
Nick Markakis RF
Garrett Atkins 1B
Ty Wigginton 3B
Rhyne Hughes DH
Chad Moeller C
Matt Angle CF
Pedro Florimon SS
Chris Tillman RHP
Also expected to
pitch: Cla Meredith, Dennis Sarfate, Albert Castillo
Sean Rodriguez SS
Carl Crawford LF
EVan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
BJ Upton DH
Matt Joyce RF
Dioner Navarro C
Reid Brignac 2b
SP Jeff Niemann
Here are the lineups and pregame tidbits for Sunday’s 1:05 pm ET game vs. the Red Sox. NESN and MASN are here, so most of you should be able to catch a glimpse of your first Spring action. In weather-related news, it’s supposed to be 69 here. Yay!
Adam Jones CF
Ty Wigginton DH
Nick Markakis RF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Matt Wieters C
Luke Scott LF
Garrett Atkins 1B
Miguel Abreu 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
SP Jeremy Guthrie
Also expected to pitch: Mark
Hendrickson, Kam Mickolio, David Hernandez and Will Ohman.
RED SOX LINEUP
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
JD Drew RF
Victor Martinex C
David Ortiz DH
Jeremy Hermida LF
Jed Lowrie 3B
Yamaico Navarro SS
Aaron Bates 1B
SP Clay Buchholz
*Justin Turner had a nice little shiner going on underneath his bandaged left foot. He was struck during Saturday’s night batting practice by a ball hit by Garrett Atkins. Turner said today he might be ready to play again on Monday. Turning joked that the timing was unfortunate, given that he had homered in Friday’s game. “Just when I was starting to get hot with all four of my spring at-bats,” he said.
*Cesar Izturis is in today’s lineup and said he’s feeling much better. He had a sore throat and was a late scratch from Friday’s game as well.
*Infielder Ryan Adams was summoned from the minor league
camp and was in the clubhouse this morning. With Turner out and Brian Roberts still slowed with a herniated disc in his lower back, Adams is here to provide some middle infield depth. At, Class-A Frederick last season, he hit 288 with two homers and 25 RBIs in 59 games, and will wear No. 96 for the Orioles.
*Noting the warm weather, manager Dave Trembley said the team was “anxious” to get Nolan Reimold started this spring. Projected to be the Orioles starting left fielder –as part of a platoon with Felix Pie — Reimold is scheduled to DH on Saturday, and will get two at-bats before Michael Aubrey takes his place. Saturday will be Aubrey’s debut as well, as he underwent a minor (non-baseball related) procedure that set him back a few days.
*Trembley said Justin Turner will probably be out again Sunday. He got struck in the left foot by a ball hit by Garrett Atkins during batting practice and was a late scratch from Friday night’s game. With Cesar Izturis out with a sore threat, Trembley said the team “might consider” bringing a guy over from Minor League camp. They’ve kicked around a few names are are going to find out who’s as close to being ready to play in a game. Although Trembley said he think Izturis will be OK sooner than Turner, the Orioles are a little thing on middle infielders.
*There’s no new update on Brian Roberts, with Trembley declining to set any timetable on his Grapefruit League debut. Roberts have been a full-go in practice but has yet to play in a game, as he works his way back from a herniated disc in his lower back.
*Trembley raved about the performance of rookie right-hander Luis Lebron in Saturday’s game.
“I went up to him last night, I said where the hell have you been?,” Trembley said this morning of Lebron. “He’s got a heck of a fastball. That’s explosive, that’s Major League fastball right there. We got to see him again.”
Asked if Lebron had pitched his way into contention Trembley said he didn’t know about that, and that the team would definitely have to see the young righty pitch again.
“He drew our interest,” said Trembley, who had never seen Lebron pitch prior to this spring.
Lebron tossed a scoreless seventh inning, striking out Pittsburgh’s Neil Walker and John Raynor, and retired Delwyn Young on a pop-up.
This is a leftover pregame pic from today. The two of them were ribbing me for taking photos, so I had to make sure I put this up on the blog. Secretly, I know they enjoy these…
With physicals out of the way, the Orioles got out and on the field on time today. As usual, Millwood was one of the first ones out and ready to go. I spoke with him yesterday for the first time and he struck me as a little quiet, but a nice guy. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz said he’s been really impressed by the veteran’s work habits, a fact that really sets the tone for the young guys who are in their first few camps.
“The results aren’t always words as they are his actions,” Kranitz said about Millwood. “He’s always the first one doing something. Always. Whether it be the first one in the clubhouse or the first one doing drills. Let the young guys see that and follow.”
As I mentioned in my feature story that will be up on the site later, Millwood’s locker is in between Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman, with Brad Bergesen on the other side of Tillman. That’s not an accident, as Dave Trembley and Kranitz have made it pretty clear what’s expected of Millwood. And Millwood, who did the same sort of thing last year in Texas, has accepted that role, he’s been chatting with Bergesen and the younger guys and he threw his first bullpen to Wieters yesterday.
Millwood on his initial impressions of the clubhouse.
“A lot younger than me. But, a lot of good guys and seems like there’s a lot of talent here. So it’s pretty exciting to be a part of maybe helping mold these guys a little bit and help them all on their way.”
Trembley said Millwood’s presence will help take the pressure off the younger pitchers and allow them to “be themselves.”
“They don’t have to try to be something other than what they are,” Trembley said. “I think that’s the biggest tendency that happens with players at the big league level. They think more is better and they put their foot to the pedal.”
*Trembley had rave reviews for some of the guys who threw today, including Kam Mickolio, who he believes will eventually be a back of the bullpen guy. But not this year obviously, with Mike Gonzalez occupying the closer spot. When I talked to Trembley on Tuesday, he had mentioned Mickolio as one of the guys he was really excited to see. When I told Kam that he seemed pretty pleased.
“It means a lot when another coach, especially the head coach or the manager says they are excited to see you throw,” he said. “It’s always a good feeling they got a close eye on you.”
Mickolio has been down in Sarasota throwing for over two weeks, and said on Tuesday he had thrown about 10 bulllpens. So today’s session would make 11.
*Koji Uehara was another guy who impressed, with Kranitz raving about the late movement on the right-hander’s ball.
“I was real pleased,” said Kranitz. “It was night and day from today to when he threw in Boston back in September.”
*Other notables mentioned in today’s workout were Jake Arrieta and Alfredo Simon, who is less than a year removed from Tommy John’s surgery.
“[It's] to his credit,” Trembley said of Simon. “He must have worked real hard to get to where he’s at.”
*Adam Jones, Felix Pie, Justin Turner and Blake Davis were a few of the position players who have been working out and taking batting practice before the full squad workouts start Feb. 23.
If you’re curious, the above photo is a back shot of Nick Markakis, who was barely recognizable with a full length beard and the noted, umm, interesting attire. He brought his son to watch some of the workout.