Schmuck: Thursday Orioles-Blue Jays updates

March 18, 2010|By Peter Schmuck | The Schmuck Stops Here

Guthrie on Guthrie
3:15 PM

Jeremy Guthrie didn't try to sugarcoat his second rocky outing in a row. He gave up seven runs (six) earned over three innings today after allowing the Yankees to bat around in the first inning of his start in Tampa on Saturday.

"I think the results speak for themselves,'' he said. "I pitched what the numbers showed."

So, what is he concerned about the downturn in his performance, especially after his struggles last year?

"Certainly," he said. "I like to get people out and I'm not doing that. I'm not pitching very well."

Was it any particular pitch that wasn't working?

"No,'' he said. "I've shown the ability to struggle with all four pitches."

Wieters finally pops
3:06 PM

Matt Wieters came into the game with just one hit in his first 15 Grapefruit League at-bats, and he was hitless in his first two at-bats against the Blue Jays, but he just launched his first home run of the spring off the dark hitting background that looms over the center field fence. The home run came off Blue Jays pitcher Dana Eveland.

Orioles: Koji hurt again
2:38 P.M.

Koji Uehara just walked off the mound two pitches into Jose Bautista's at-bat in the fifth inning. He seemed to be favoring his left leg, but we'll have to wait for a report. Can't remember the last time the entire battery went out with injuries in the space of two batters. We're waiting for reports on both Uehara and Craig Tatum.

Probably won't know more for awhile, but the Uehara situation does not look good. He seemed to be favoring his left side, and the Japanese reporters were speculating that he injured his hip or his lower back.

If so, that would be the third trouble spot for Uehara, who struggled with chronic hamstring issues last year and eventually was shut down with a sore elbow.

Instant update: The Orioles just announced that Koji suffered a strained left hamstring and Tatum suffered a bruised left hand.

Orioles: Tatum removed 2:33 P.M.

Orioles catcher Craig Tatum had to be removed from the game after being injured by an apparent foul tip off the bat of Jays shortstop John McDonald in the bottom of the fifth inning at Dunedin Stadium. He was replaced behind the plate by minor league catcher Luis Bernardo.

Tatum basically was the last guy competing with Chad Moeller for the reserve catcher role.

Jays have three jacks
2:08 P.M.

Jeremy Guthrie completed three innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits, including three home runs. Left fielder Travis Snider hit two of the home runs in back-to-back innings. Guthrie threw 75 pitches, 43 of them for strikes. He raised his Grapefruit League ERA to 9.28.

In other words, ouch.

Orioles: Guthrie gets rocked
1:37 P.M.

Jeremy Guthrie had not given up a home run all spring, but he made up for lost time in the second inning of today's exhibition game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium. He allowed a run on a couple of base hits in the first inning, then opened the second by giving up a home run to catcher John Buck. Jeremy Reed followed with a bunt single and Travis Snider crushed a ball onto one of the practice fields behind the right center field fence.

Those three hits, by the way, came on three consecutive pitches.

Pregame Dave
12:50 P.M.

Dave Trembley met with reporters this morning at Dunedin Stadium and was asked by an out-of-town reporter how he feels about his team. It was a generic question and Dave gave a fairly generic answer.

"They feel like they can win,'' he said. "They're very businesslike about it. They know what they are up against."

He went on to give some credit for that to some of the veterans, particularly third baseman Miguel Tejada, who has been very enthusiastic about the team and about his new position.

Trembley was also asked if the Orioles were having trouble developing an offensive chemistry so far this spring with the injuries and individual struggles of some players.

"I don't think anything's wrong with the team chemistry,'' he said. "We're going to be a very good offensive team. As we get closer to the end, I think it will become more apparent. I'm stretching guys out. Playing them back to back more. We'll have a good offfensive team, but there are still going to be days when the other team pitches well."

Injury update: Trembley said that Mike Gonzalez (sore back) will pitch in a minor league game on Friday and return to the mound in an exhibition game against the Phillies on Sunday in Clearwater.

Morning briefing
7:57 A.M.

Spent the night licking my wounds after our trivia team at a local sports restaurant was outpointed by a pair of young Orioles. I'm going to try to be big about it, Brian Matusz and Caleb Joseph didn't win the competition, but they beat a much larger group of sports writers and front office types. I promise it won't happen again.

The Orioles travel to Dunedin to take on the Toronto Blue Jays again. Jeremy Guthrie will take the mound against left-hander Ricky Romero. Here's the starting rotation:

Cesar Izturis SS

Adam Jones CF

Nick Markakis RF

Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott 1B Matt Wieters DH Lou Montanez LF Craig Tatum C Justin Turner 2B

Jeremy Gurthrie RHP

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