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June 16, 2011

Duchscherer cuts outing short; Orioles' lineup; Adams starting

Orioles manager Buck Showalter met with the media this morning and said RHP Justin Duchscherer's extended spring outing, which was supposed to last between 60 and 70 pitches, ended in the first inning due to more hip discomfort.

Showalter said he believed Duchscherer was attempting to field a bunt -- perhaps on the first hitter -- when he felt pain in his surgically repaired left hip and left the outing.

"It's frustrating for him, I'm sure," Showalter said.

The Orioles haven't been counting on Duchscherer to join them, but this complicates matters a little more. Extended spring training games -- which are exhibitions that are often used for rehabbing or inexperienced players to get work in game situations -- will be curtailed as the Gulf Coast League begins next week.

So for Duchscherer to pitch in games, he'd likely have to go on a rehab assignment -- which has an expiration date. And this development makes that less likely since there is no telling when/if he'll be ready for the majors.

The Orioles lineup is out for Thursday's afternoon game and Ryan Adams is batting eighth and playing second base. It's Adams sixth start this season since being recalled May 20. He smiled when he saw the lineup board and Showalter said he hopes the rookie can take advantage of his limited opportunities. Robert Andino has assumed the starting second base job in the absence of Brian Roberts.

Here are the lineups:

Orioles, Hardy 6, Markakis 9, Jones 8, Guerrero DH, Scott 7, Lee 3, Reynolds 5, Adams 4, Tatum 2. Guthrie, P.

Jays: Escobar 6, Patterson 7, Bautista 9, Lind 3, Hill 4, Encarnacion DH, Molina 2, Davis 8, Nix 5. Stewart P.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 11:30 AM | | Comments (11)


I assume that Duchscherer will get his money either way, so there's no real incentive to cut him lose, but it's way past time to count on him for anything. It wasn't a bad experiment, worth a try, but it didn't work out. I didn't have real high hopes.
Lee and Nick on the other hand are huge disappointments. If either of them were hitting even close to what most expected, it would be a big help, if both of them were the O's would look like a different team.

same thing the other week- he hurt his hip fielding a bunt. This guy just isn't serious abuot playing ball. He needs to rub some dirt on it and suck it up or quit. I have guys on my softball team who play with far worse injuries.

Dan don't you think the time has come to end this experiment. This is a joke. You know the angels just released kasmir and ate his 14,500.00 contract and the orioles feel obligated to keep mike gonzo and other players that haven't contributed anything to this team. Can you explain why.

I am not watching the game, just reading it on, so I have not actually seen the DP's, but why was Adams not bunting during his first two AB's? Ok, so I just saw the replay of the fly out to right field. Bench Reynolds for the base-running blunder. As my dad used to say when we were watching the Birds together in the 60's and 70's, that was a "bonehead" play. It is time to sit these guys for stupid low single-A mistakes. Finally, as much as I have liked Showalter, you gota bunt these guys over when the man at the plate is batting less than .225. He should know that, especially when we are scoring runs at the blistering pace we are scoring them at. I would have major difficulty not taking Reynolds by the collar and rippin' him a new one when he came abck to the dugout if I was Guthrie. Sheeece!

That is how you manage, execute and increase your chances of winning! Two men on base, nice bunt (I assume it was nice, I did not actually see it), move the men into scoring position and Guthrie misses out on another W. Why do I torment myself rooting for the Birds? Why? Am I a masochist? Why? Oh yea. And why did Guthrie come out of the game after giving up one hit and throwing only 64 pitches in 5 innings? If someone tells me it was because of a strained oblique, I might go postal!

Poor Guthrie. We get a small lead for him and then the usually reliable JJ lays an egg (with the help of an error). Curious why Guthrie came out so soon, though. The nightmare in Toronto continues.

STop with all the extended spring training for Duke. Cut ties and say bye, bye! He's a flop!


I said in Spring Training that Duchscherer would never throw a pitch in a regular season game for the Orioles and would end up retiring. It was predictable, just like Andy's offseason moves i.e. Who's left over and cheap with a history of injuries.

Great job with Adams. Three times Reynolds gets on to lead off any inning, three times he's doubled up. How about calling for a bunt, Buck?

Buck seems to be getting quite apathetic these days.

Not only is first base a major hole that needs to be filled on this team, but you'd have to say 2nd base is, too. Andino is about as non-clutch as they come, and just isn't a major league starter. Ryan Adams may be able to hit, but he looks like sub par fielder, and I don't think you can teach that. Last, but not least, I really don't think you can go into next season counting on Brian Roberts. He's become injury prone at this fairly early stage of his career. At 3rd I don't think the jury is completey in on Reynolds yet, but at the very least there's a lot of holes in his overall game. So speaking of holes, that's possibly 3 big ones for the O's to fill if they want to become competetive. Night in and night out, this team is pathetic at scoring runs, and incredibly frustrating to watch. Thirteen years and counting.

Any truth that Justin Duchscherer named his first son Bagger, after Bagger Vance, the golfer?

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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