Ominous comment by Duchscherer; Guthrie won't face Yankees tomorrow; Orioles' lineup vs. Astros
A day after getting an arthrogram on his troublesome left hip, Orioles starter Justin Duchscherer was still waiting on the results. However, he made a rather ominous comment when he was asked about how his hip was feeling.
"The best I can describe it is it felt like it did last year before I had to have it operated on," Duchscherer said.
The 33-year-old pitcher had surgery on his left hip in June. He has also had two procedures on his right hip during his career.
Duchscherer was scheduled to pitch in a simulated game Sunday, but he was scratched when he was experiencing hip discomfort during his warm-up.
"I think the smart thing to do was not to go out there and try to throw three innings when it was already hurting in warm-up," Duchscherer said. "Get images on it, see what’s going on in there and we’ll go from there. ... I got to find out what’s going on before I have any level of frustration. I have to go talk to the trainers. I figure by the end of the day, I’ll know more."
As for other matters, Orioles likely Opening Day starter Jeremy Guthrie won't face the New York Yankees tomorrow night in Tampa. It is his turn to pitch, and he will throw tomorrow, but it will be in a minor league game at Twin Lakes Park. Instead, the game will be started by reliever Jim Johnson and handled by the Orioles' bullpen. And before you ask, this does not mean Johnson is a rotation candidate. Manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Mark Connor are simply using all relievers to pitch in the game and somebody had to start. Why not Johnson?
Getting back to Guthrie, his next start after tomorrow will also be against minor league hitters because it falls on the Orioles' day off next Monday. And his next start after that would come March 26 against the Tampa Bay Rays. With Guthrie expected to face the Rays on Opening Day less than a week later, I'd be surprised if he starts that game as well. So Guthrie may make his final three starts of the spring against minor leaguers.
And finally, here is the Orioles' lineup this afternoon against the Houston Astros at Ed Smith Stadium:
Felix Pie, RF
Adam Jones, CF
Luke Scott, LF
Vladimir Guerrero, DH
Jake Fox, C
J.J. Hardy, SS
Brendan Harris, 2B
Josh Bell, 3B
Brandon Snyder, 1B
Brad Bergesen, SP
Also scheduled to pitch for the Orioles: Ryan Drese
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