Pregame Dave 11:13 AM
Dave Trembley still is not saying anything definite about Brian Roberts, but he continues to hint that Roberts will join the exhibition lineup this weekend. I'm hearing Friday, but nothing is definite because he continues to work out and test his sore lower back.
"He was going to hit today,'' Trembley said. "I'll check with Richie (Bancells) after the game...He was very good the other day. He swung from both sides of the plate and swung hard. I hope to get him in by the end of the week."
No real update on Koji Uehara, though he told Rick Kranitz that he could pitch right now if he had to.
"He said yes,'' Trembley said, "but obviously you don't want to do that."
Nolan Reimold is back in the leadoff spot as the designated hitter, but Dave said he'll probably play close to nine innings in left field tomorrow against the Cardinals.
"We're going to find out a little more tomorrow when he plays the outfield,'' he said, "but he's been better since he got the orthotics (special shoe inserts). The first day of camp, he didn't look very pretty. We need to get him in a situation where he plays back-to-back games. "We'll use him at DH today and left field tomorrow."
Reimold still is working through some soreness in his surgically repaired heel, but he has shown gradual improvement over the course of spring training.
"He was never a pretty runner,'' Trembley said.
The outfield tomorrow will be Reimold, Felix Pie and Lou Montanez. Some of today's starters will return to Sarasota today after the game.
Orioles lineup 11:09 AM
Here's the lineup that will face Ricky Nolasco of the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. It is about as close to the full major league batting order (personnel-wise, not in terms of position or batting order) as it's going to get until Brian Roberts returns -- I'm hearing as soon as Friday.
Nolan Reimold DH Adam Jones CF Rick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott LF Matt Wieters C Garrett Atkins 1B Ty Wigginton 2B Cesar Izturis SS
Jeremy Guthrie RHP