Orioles notes on Matusz, Peguero and Escalona, plus starting lineups

March 19, 2014|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

SARASOTA, Fla. – Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz threw five innings in a minor league game Tuesaday against the Minnesota Twins' Triple-A team at Ed Smith Stadium.

Matusz, who pitched the entire season as a reliever last year, is continuing to be stretched out as if he were going to start. He threw 60 pitches Tuesday and mixed all four of his pitches in each inning.

“I was able to get five ups, so I think that was the ultimate goal -- to continue to build, and I was able to get that work in,” Matusz said.

Right-hander Kevin Gausman threw three innings, and right-hander Josh Stinson and left-hander Zach Britton each threw an inning.

In other news, it appears that both outfielder Francisco Peguero and right-hander Edgmer Escalona will open the season on the disabled list.

A right wrist injury is still ailing Peguero, who will have to wear a brace on the wrist for the next two weeks.

“It’s frustrating because I can’t do anything right now,” Peguero said. “I’m trying to make the team and I can’t do that.”

Escalona was shut down earlier in camp with shoulder tightness. He said Wednesday that he hopes to start shoulder exercises this week and could resume throwing in 1 1/2 weeks. Still, he won't be ready in time for Opening Day.

"I have to keep my chin up and continue," Escalona said. "This happens. This is baseball. Sometimes you’re going to be good, and sometimes you’re going to be bad. A couple weeks ago, I [felt] bad. Now, I feel better."

Here are the starting lineups for Wednesday's 1:05 p.m. home game against the Tampa Bay Rays:

Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Nelson Cruz LF
Matt Wieters C
Delmon Young DH
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Alexi Casilla 2B
Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Wil Myers RF
Wilson Betemit 1B
Matt Joyce LF
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Logan Forsythe 3B
Brandon Guyer CF
Jayson Nix SS
Jerry Sands DH
Curt Casali C
Mark Lowe RHP

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