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Bergy to the 'Pen & Os/Sox lineups

*Brad Bergesen is being skipped at least once in the rotation given Monday’s off day. Interim manager Juan Samuel wasn’t sure if this will be a long-term deal or not, but didn’t rule that out. The feeling is Bergesen needs to get his arm slot straightened out. Bergesen has had an up and down year, but do you really give up on the guy?

*Mike Gonzalez’s last bullpen session was “not good” Samuel said. He will take two days off and throw on Tuesday. The Orioles won’t come right out and say it, but mid-June is not looking likely. Keep in mind Gonzalez will need to go on a rehab assignment after he’s through with extended spring.
 
*As expected, Brian Roberts took another day off and rested today.
 
*Matt Wieters is struggling at the plate. Yes, all the Orioles are, but the switch-hitter catcher’s has looked particularly bad lately.  Obviously, Wieters is young and has a lot to work on given the demands of catching. Samuel said he will try to give Wieters more rest days in hopes that will rejuvenate him.

*Will Ohman will remain the team’s closer in the Juan Samuel Era. If you’re curious, David Hernandez will remain the back end of the bullpen guy. He was up warming in the blowout last night,  but that’s only because the Orioles had burned through so many arms. 

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Garrett Atkins DH
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Jeremy Guthrie RHP

RED SOX LINEUP
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Victor Martinez 1B
J.D. Drew RF
Jason Varitek C
Josh Reddick CF
Bill Hall LF
Jon Lester LHP

Yankees/Orioles Lineups and tidbits

*Spoke with Mike Gonzalez on the phone yesterday. He’s pain free and expects to throw an inning Saturday either a simulated game or extended spring game. The timetable for his return is June 14, although it could be the series after the Os return from the West Coast.
*Jake Arrieta continues to make a push at Triple-A Norfolk. If you missed it, I wrote about him and Chris Tillman yesterday.
*Brian Roberts is progressing well at extended Spring Training and will play in a game on June 4.  The plan is for him to play five innings and get a few at-bats.
*Felix Pie will start to throw down in Sarasota. He has not participated in any baseball-related activities since being diagnosed with an upper back strain.

ORIOLES LINEUP:

Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Brian Matusz LHP

YANKEES LINEUP:
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Curtis Granderson CF
Kevin Russo LF
Javier Vazquez RHP

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*Spoke with Mike Gonzalez on the phone yesterday. He’s pain free and expects to throw an inning Saturday either a simulated game or extended spring game.
*Jake Arrieta continues to make a push at Triple-A Norfolk.
*Brian Roberts is progressing well at extended Spring Training and will play in a game on June 4.  The plan is for him to play five innings and get a few at-bats.
ORIOLES LINEUP:
Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Brian Matusz LHP
YANKEES LINEUP:
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Curtis Granderson CF
Kevin Russo LF
Javier Vazquez RHP

Orioles/Royals lineup and tidbits

*Brian Roberts will report to the team’s facility in Sarasota, Fla. on Wednesday and is expected to continue to progress in baseball-related activities until he can go on a rehab assignment.

*Mike Gonzalez threw to live hitters for the first time today, tossing live BP in Sarasota.
 
*Much has been made about Nolan Reimold playing first base yesterday, and Orioles manager Dave Trembley acknowledged that Reimold will play first pretty regularly while in Triple-A.  He admitted he’s not sure if Reimold -who is nine months removed from Achillies heel surgery – will ever have the same agility and mobility that he did before the injury.

*Koji to close? It’s a possibility Trembley wouldn’t rule out.

As always, more details to come on Orioles.com. But here are the lineups for today’s game as the forecast has some light rain, but the team is confident they’ll get the game in. (As I type this, they are taking the tarp off the field.)

Orioles starter Brad Bergesen faces Kansas City for the first time since he was struck by a Billy Butler liner to the shin last July. He will be opposed by Kyle Davies.

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Corey Patterson LF
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 2B
Miguel Tejada 3B
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Garrett Atkins 1B
Cesar Izturis SS
Brad Bergesen RHP

ROYALS LINEUP:

Scott Podsednik LF
Mike Aviles 2B
David DeJesus RF
Billy Butler 1B
Jose Guillen DH
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Mitch Maier CF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Jason Kendall C
Kyle Davies RHP

O's/Tribe finale and pregame tidbits galore

Lots of notes today in the Orioles series finale, starting with David Hernandez, who was scratched with a right shoulder injury and is being replaced with Mark Hendrickson.
*Hernandez said there are no plans for an MRI and classified himself as “day to day”. Manager Dave Trembley said the team is confident he will make his next scheduled turn on Friday, but acknowledged that how Hernandez comes out of his next side session will be a big factor in that decision.
*Brian Roberts took ground balls and hit off a tee prior to Sunday’s game and if all goes as expected, he will head to extended Spring Training on Tuesday.
*Mike Gonzalez came out of yesterday’s side session on the mound with no reported problems and is scheduled to throw one inning of live batting practice at the team’s facility in Sarasota, Fla. He will also throw an inning on Thursday with no scheduled plans beyond that.
*With last night’s decision to option Rhyne Hughes back to Triple-A Norfolk, Garrett Atkins will be the team’s everyday first baseman for the forseeable future.
*The move to recall Alberto Castillo in Hughes’ spot is one that replaces a lefty with a lefty. Given that Hendrickson is starting the O’s pen would be shorthanded, so Castillo gives the club some depth.
*Following his first blown save of the season in Saturday’s loss, Alfredo Simon will remain the team’s closer. But you would think his leash is far shorter now. “I can’t say I’m going to use him the next 10 times out [in a closing situation],” Trembley said.
*Finally, I asked Cesar Izturis if he ran on his own in the fifth inning of last night. He said he always has a green light but didn’t get a sign to steal. He was gunned out by Lou Marson in a play that later cost the O’s a run.
 
ORIOLES LINEUP:

Corey Patterson LF
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Ty Wigginton 2B
Luke Scott DH
Garrett Atkins 1B
Craig Tatum C
Julio Lugo SS
Mark Hendrickson LHP

INDIANS LINEUP
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Grady Sizemore CF
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Austin Kearns LF
Russell Branyan 1B
Jhonny Peralta 3B
Mark Grudzielanek 2B
 Matt LaPorta DH
Marson C
Jake Westbrook RHP 

B-Rob, Gonzo updates and Tribe/Os lineups

*Brian Roberts played catch with infield coach Juan Samuel earlier this afternoon which got some of the reporters wondering- is that a baseball-related activity? Turns out today is his first full day doing that (if you read my blog yesterday you’d know I checked in with B-Rob yesterday and he had no real news.) So today’s sighting, and confirmation form manager Dave Trembley is a small step, but encouraging nonetheless.

“I am encouraged,” Trembley said. “[Roberts is] feeling better, but he’s got a ways to go yet.”

*Mike Gonzalez got up on the mound for the first time since going on the DL (left shoulder strain). He threw a side session in Sarasota. Prior to that, Gonzo was throwing on flat ground and gradually progressing to farther distances. 

ORIOLES LINEUP
Corey Patterson LF
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 2B
Matt Wieters C
Garrett Atkins 1B
Cesar Izturis SS
Brian Matusz LHP

INDIANS LINEUP

Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Mark Grudzielanek 2B
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Austin Kearns LF
Travis Hafner DH
Jhonny Peralta 3B
Matt LaPorta 1B
Lou Marson C
Trevor Crowe CF
Mitch Talbot RHP

MacPhail, Trembley on JJ

By now you probably know that Jim Johnson has been placed on Triple-A Norfolk’s disabled list with a right elbow injury diagnosed as a strained ulnar collateral ligament by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens. Johnson will seek a second opinion with Dr. James Andrews sometime this week for an injury he has reportedly dealt with (quietly) since the beginning of the season.
 
“I’m not terribly worried,” president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said. “Our prognosis is going to be that he’s going to have to rest for a few weeks. Generally, the second opinion verifies the first, but we’ll get the second opinion for verification.”

What was the first opinion?

“The prognosis is that he probably needs to rest it a few weeks and then start a throwing program,” MacPhail said. “There’s no need for surgery, which is good news on the first opinion. We’ll just get him back when he’s healthy. It’s a strain, but it was explained to me that it’s not in the area that indicates, ‘Oh my gosh, we have a problem.’ It’s in an area where if you let it rest for a while, it’s going to be fine.”

MacPhail said he wasn’t aware of Johnson’s injury until recent days, but wasn’t ready to push the panic button just yet.
 
“Jim Johnson is a terrific kid and a good competitor, but you have to be smart with what it is,” MacPhail said. “We were not aware of at the time anything that is potentially harmful for him. We never would have put him in that situation. We’ll just see what the second opinion is and how things play out. Right now, I’m happy that the prognosis isn’t anything more severe than what the first opinion gives us.”

Manager Dave Trembley found out Sunday morning that Johnson would visit Andrews and was equally in the dark about the right-hander pitching through elbow discomfort.
 
“Depending on what happens here [with Andrews] it might be something where he [and] a lot of these other guys might want to reconsider [pitching hurt],” Trembley said. “It’s one thing to be a tough guy, it’s another thing to look at the best interests of the team and your career, long term and down the road.”

“I admire guys who want pt play, who understand that you are not always going to be 100 percent physically. I admire that but I’ll be interested to see how this whole thing transpires with him, to be honest with you.”

Johnson is the second Orioles reliever to see Andrews this season, with closer Mike Gonzalez (left shoulder strain) also getting a second opinion last month. Gonzalez -who is rehabbing in Sarasota, Fla. –was able to avoid surgery and the Orioles hope Johnson will be as well.

Red Sox/Os finale

*As I reported last night, there’s no timetable on Brian Roberts’ return to the lineup. He said that he has not discussed surgery as an option and declined to speculate on a target date. He did clarify it is his back, not his stomach.

*Mike Gonzalez started a throwing program Saturday. Those typically last three weeks and then he will need a rehab assignment. If no setbacks, he would theoretically be ready by the end of May.

*Brad Bergesen said he felt last night’s start was better than the previous three he made up here, saying he was more relaxed. At times he still got away from what he does best, but it’s good to see him make improvement. The Orioles need him.

*Kevin Youkilis was a late scratch for the Sox with a sore left groin.
Here are the updated lineups as the Orioles look for a three-game sweep with Kevin Millwood on the hill..

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 2B
Miguel Tejada 3B
Luke Scott DH
Nolan Reimold LF
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Craig Tatum C
Julio Lugo SS
Kevin Millwood RHP

RED SOX LINEUP:

Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
J.D. Drew RF
Mike Lowell 1B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jason Varitek C
Darnell McDonald LF
Jonathan Van Every CF
Josh Beckett RHP

Gonzo 3 weeks at least

Mike Gonzalez’s MRI didn’t show any new injuries, but it will be at least three weeks before he is back with the team. He will go to Sarasota to begin a rehab regimen for a strained left shoulder that manager Dave Trembely said he first heard of Tuesday night when Gonzo couldn’t get warm out of the bullpen.

While Gonzalez has attested all spring that he would be ready come the Major League season, Trembley did say on Thursday that there were times pitching coach Rick Kranitz sensed Gonzalez wasn’t really letting the ball go.

Only Gonzalez knows when the shoulder injury started, but right now it’s not looking good on a timetable for the O’s closer. Without Gonzalez, the team will go with matchups to fill the 9th inning void, but will rely heavily on setup man Jim Johnson.

In other injury news, Koji Uehara threw a side session today and according to Trembley the next step  will be to get up on the hill to face some live batters.

Second baseman Brian Roberts was scheduled to see the doctor again Thursday, and the team hopes to have some more details about his progression following that. 

Possible replacements for Gonzalez

Kam MickolioWith Mike Gonzalez officially on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 10), the Orioles will likely recall one of their final Spring Training cuts, Kam Mickolio, to fill the roster spot.

Mickolio was slowed the final week of Spring Training by a sore groin and was shipped out to Triple-A Norfolk in hopes that he would get healthy and get stretched out to go more than one inning.

Mickolio was praised this spring by manager Dave Trembley for his offseason regimen and early bullpen sessions, even going as far as to say a spot in the ‘pen was the tall, powerful right-hander’s to lose. But Mickolio’s success didn’t translate nearly as well into Grapefruit League games. He allowed two earned runs in 9 1/3 innings stretched over eight appearances, with his walk-to-strikeout ratio (7-10) a glaring statistic.

“I’m disappointed,” Mickolio said when he was sent down. “I’m mad at myself, mostly.
“[I'm mad] for all the hard work I put in this offseason, and the groin injury the last week of camp put me down.”

Now could be his chance to step up for an O’s bullpen in bad shape. Gonzalez was 0-2 with two blown saves and an 18.00 ERA in three games and never quite looked right this spring.  
Jim Johnson is currently Gonzalez’s understudy, so he’s the first guy to target, but no one in the Baltimore bullpen really projects as a closer. Johnson has allowed runs in two of his four appearances, as has sidearmer Cla Meredith. Koji Uehara could find himself in the mix for saves but he’s been on the DL (strained left hamstring) and has only just begun throwing bullpens.

Mickolio is a hard-throwing right-hander who projects to be a future closer. Listed at 6-foot-9, 255 pounds, he’s also a pretty imposing guy on the mound. The problem for him – like many big pitchers – is repeating his delivery, which in turn keeps his control in check. In three innings at Triple-A so far this season, Mickolio has walked four batters, allowed four hits and struck out five.

If the Orioles don’t call up Mickolio, there’s a chance Alberto Castillo gets the call. When asked if Johnson would assume the closer role, Trembley told reporters he would consider it.  Read: all other options are welcome.

Who closes for the Os?

It won’t be Mike Gonzalez Tuesday night. Manager Dave Trembley said he wasn’t sure when he would use Gonzalez –who returned to the team on Tuesday following the birth of his baby girl in Arizona — but all signs point away from the ninth inning.

Gonzalez is here, but I haven’t seen him yet. He’s supposed to be working with pitching coach Rick Kranitz, and he won’t be closing games until Kranny gives him the OK.

“He came here to be the closer,” Trembley said. “Like I said before he left to attend the birth of his child, I thought it was in his best interest and in the team’s best interest not to put him out there in a closing situation until he got some mechanical things straightened out.”

“The perfect scenario would be to be ahead 9-1 in the ninth and  not have to worry about it. We need a laugher.”

Although Trembley’s doing a decent job holding it together, he’s clearly frustrated by the Gonzalez situation. It’s cost the O’s two wins already and there really is on clear successor should Gonzo continue to struggle. Koji Uehara is still on the DL (although he’s moved up to throwing bullpens) and Kam Mickolio is in Triple-A to work on his command. Jim Johnson could get moved back, but he seems to thrive on the setup man role. Moving him back weakens both the 8th and 9th inning.

” I don’t know what to tell you, the guy is a closer – get three outs, lets shake hands and go in and get something to eat and get ready for the next game,” Trembley said of Gonzalez.  “The bottom line is, you have a job to do, do it – get it done.” 

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