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March 15, 2011

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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Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 9:07 AM | | Comments (8)


I'm not reading too far into the "ominous" comment since earlier in ST this same guy expressed his frustration over a sore hip something like a 10 out of 10 and then bounced back. It's too soon to label his comments anything since he has a history of depression and seems to expect the worse for himself. Let's wait for the test results before we sink the Duke ship, even if that's what he's doing himself already.

Hey, Jeff. Is it possible to watch Guthrie's minor league start tomorrow? I made the trip down from Baltimore and I'd like to get a look before shipping back up north. Any information is greatly appreciated.

Jeff Z's reply: Sure, I think the minor league games at Twin Lakes are open to the public. I think it starts at 12:30 if I'm not mistaken.

It's interesting to compare last year's spring training to this year. It seems to me that the Orioles have a lot more depth than they had back then. As I recall, when the Orioles played spring training games last year, scoring pretty much ended when the regulars were gone. And the pitching kinda fell apart beyond the first line starters (no, I haven't forgotten the nightmare performances of Guthrie and Millwood last spring). This year there are more prospects for the bullpen, seven or eight pitchers who could start, and minor leaguers who are hitting well (Mahoney, Snyder, Adams...). The concern about Roberts is serious... but we can take heart because Adams has hit so well (and, even if he's not great defensively, I bet he's better around 2B than Wigginton). Lee hasn't played yet but with Scott around and Reimold hitting well, things aren't so desperate. Uehara's hurting but there are a number of ther viable arms in the bullpen... Am I just dreaming, or are things better than last year?

Duchsherer does sound like like he's predisposed to expect the worst. And after all he's been through, who can blame him? He kind of reminds me of my ex-wife, who, no matter how well things were going, would always complain about how bad things were going. She even had me, an eternal optimist, standing on a ledge more than a few times.

Sounds like that if Duke's results are good, no one will be more surprised than Duke.

About the people hurting . I am cincern about some of them , but not overly concern except for Duchscherer . I think Lee will okay ,Uehara will be okay . I am hopeing Roberts is not the disk again . Duchscherer is the one I'am most worried about . Sometimes you just have to work through the paine in the spring .

About the people hurting . I am concern about some of them , but not overly concern except for Duchscherer . I think Lee will okay ,Uehara will be okay . I am hopeing Roberts problem is not the disk again . Duchscherer is the one I'am most worried about . Sometimes you just have to work through the paine in the spring .

I don't think that line up would scare the St. Pauls Girls School softball team.

I'd like to see Nolan Reimold in the lineup every day. I'm like Rick Dempsey I think he has the potential to hit 40 homers one year. I don't think the O's really needed to go out and get those old dogs like the first baseman and the designated hitter they signed, they never have had any luck with free agents, but maybe things will change this year! I sure hope so!!!

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