Couple of quick pre-game notes
It's coming down pretty hard right now at Progressive Field and the tarp is on the field. However, from what I'm hearing, the forecast does improve steadily throughout the day. I'll let you know any weather updates as I get them.
Through his translator, reliever Koji Uehara has notified manager Buck Showalter that he is ready to start pitching on back-to-back days. Uehara threw only five pitches last night, so he's probably available today. However, Showalter said that the club will still be very cautious with the reliever. "Keep in mind the short spring that he had," Showalter said. "We’re trying to keep him around for the long haul. He just got to the point yesterday where he needed to pitch."
Jake Fox is catching Jeremy Guthrie today because it's a day game after a night game and Showalter felt it was important to have Wieters catch rookie Zach Britton last night. "Jake is our second catcher and this is where he has to catch and needs to catch. That’s why we caught him an inning last night. It’s in fairness to Matt as much as anything to protect him," Showalter said.
The club still hasn't decided whether Brian Matusz will join the team on the home stand, which begins Monday. As Showalter said yesterday, Matusz will have to be cleared to start throwing from the mound for him to rejoin the club.
Showalter isn't a big believer in juggling the batting order just because of a small sample size so I wouldn't expect any major changes with the Orioles lineup any time soon. "Keep in mind with the batting average, one hit, it will go 20 points," he said. "You can look at every batting lineup and you’ll find a guy like that. A guy gets a couple of hits then [you] move onto the next thing. It’s not going to be a perfect world where everybody is going to be in tune every day, every game. It’s too difficult. But I have a lot of faith in their track record and it will be there for us. We don’t seem to talk about things that guys do out of the ordinary. Nobody expected Brian Roberts to have 10 RBIs or whatever he’s got. I don’t dwell on those things. That’s something I’m not really concerned with at this point.”