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Trembley plays waiting game with rotation

Bad weather, Loewen's injury leave Tuesday, Wednesday starters in air

April 27, 2008|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTER

CHICAGO -- The Orioles will not only have to make a decision on who will start Tuesday in place of injured Adam Loewen, they will also have to find a starter for Wednesday.

Yesterday's doubleheader will force manager Dave Trembley to either bring back Brian Burres or Steve Trachsel, the starters of the two games yesterday, on three days' rest Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays or find a starter from the bullpen or minor leagues.

Trembley, who gave Matt Albers a spot start rather than bring somebody back on three days' rest after a doubleheader earlier this month, said he would be willing to allow Burres or Trachsel to come back a day early, but a lot depended on how they pitched yesterday.

"Obviously, you'd have to use some common sense," Trembley said. "I have to look down the road. I understand there is an interest from fans and everybody wants to know, but I can't give answers to things that I don't have answers for."

Trembley's options to take Tuesday's start in place of Loewen, who was put on the disabled list Friday, include long relievers Albers and Jim Johnson, or a member of Triple-A Norfolk's rotation, such as Hayden Penn or Garrett Olson. Olson, who is 1-1 with a 1.61 ERA for the Tides, pitched two innings last night.

"I need to get through today and I was not going to make a decision until Monday on who was going to pitch on Tuesday," Trembley said. "That's plenty of time to get a guy up if we were going to get a guy from Triple-A. But the way things are going right now, if I have to use Johnson [or] Albers today, if I have to use them through the weekend to help us win some of these games, I will do that and then I'll worry about Tuesday and ... Wednesday later."

Loewen delayed

Loewen's attempt Friday to return to Baltimore and get his sore left arm checked out by team doctors was thwarted when stormy weather here forced cancellations of two flights Loewen was scheduled to be on.

He finally made it out yesterday afternoon, but he won't see team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens until tomorrow.

Torres delighted

Twenty-five-year-old infielder Eider Torres, who was called up from Norfolk when Loewen was placed on the disabled list, got the news from manager Gary Allenson on Friday as he was walking to the Tides' bus in Richmond, Va. Needless to say, it was a reroute Torres was happy to make.

"I've waited for this," said Torres, who has never been in the majors before. "I was surprised yesterday in the morning when my manager, Allenson, told me `Hey Torres, you're going to Chicago.' I said `Thank you, God.' I feel so happy to be here. And I'm working hard every day."

Torres made his major league debut yesterday as a pinch runner in the top of the ninth in Game 1. He scored a run on Paul Konerko's error.

Scott sits Game 1, not Game 2

Luke Scott was in the starting lineup for Game 2 of the doubleheader against Mark Buehrle, a rare start for the outfielder against a left-handed pitcher. The Orioles have faced six left-handed starters this year, and Scott has been in the lineup against two of them (Buehrle and the New York Yankees' Andy Pettitte.)

Trembley had said before the season that Scott, who was essentially a platoon player with the Houston Astros, would play pretty much every day. However, Trembley has needed to find ways to get Jay Payton at-bats, and that has mostly meant Scott not being in the lineup.

"He'll play, but to me, it's a matter of a practical sense that if you're going to play Payton, you pick your spots and play him against guys you think he's going to have some success against," Trembley said. "I think you do the same for Luke. ... I think it's different for Luke than it is for anybody else really. He's in a different league."

Scott entered last night's game 2-for-12 against lefties (.167) compared with .345 (20-for-58) against righties. He went 1-for-2 against Buehrle with an infield single, and was hit by a pitch.

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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