Duchscherer to have back procedure, Buck on Britton, Rays change lineup
Justin Duchscherer will have an ablation procedure on his lower back, around the SI joint, which will likely shut him down for about four or five days.
The procedure, as explained to the reporters, involves using radio frequency waves to heat up the nerves, which in gets the pain out of that particular area. Duchscherer has had the procedure before and it has helped him out.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter did not rule out Luke Scott (sore right groin) from pinch hitting today. Scott said that Wednesday would be the more likely date for his return to the lineup, though Showalter is not ruling anything out.
Asked if he worries about top pitching prospect Zach Britton trying to do too much today in his Major League debut, Showalter said, "Sure. He’s got a tough act to follow. I’ll promise you this, after today’s game is over, I will say the same about Zach Britton as I did before the game starts. You take a lot of things in consideration about what’s going on today. You have a team pretty hungry over there to win a game. He’s got his work cut out for him. That’s why they call it the big leagues. There’s somewhat of development going on, but it’s about giving the Orioles a chance to win a baseball game."
Britton will face a pretty makeshift Rays' lineup. Johnny Damon was a late scratch with calf soreness and Evan Longoria is headed to the disabled list with an oblique injury. Below is the revised Rays lineup.
B.J. Upton, CF
Elliot Johnson, SS
Ben Zobrist, 2B
Manny Ramirez, DH
Kelly Shoppach, C
Sean Rodriguez, 3B
Dan Johnson, 1B
Matt Joyce, RF
Sam Fuld, LF
Wade Davis, SP
Speaking of lineups, Showalter moved up Matt Wieters to the fifth spot for today's game and subsequently moved back Adam Jones and Mark Reynolds. Felix Pie, who is getting his first start this season in place of Scott, is hitting eighth, just in front of J.J. Hardy.
"It’s more about, at this point where we are, who is going to protect Vlad the most, and kind of the way Tampa would look at it," Showalter said. "I think in Pie’s first start, it would be a little tough to push him there right now. We think Matt’s our best option there."