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June 24, 2011

Some pre-game Showalter

Some highlights from Buck Showalter’s pre-game media session.

Alfredo Simon (strained right hamstring) threw today in Sarasota without any problem and is expected to pitch one or two innings Sunday for Double-A Bowie. If that goes OK, he likely will re-join the Orioles next week, possibly Tuesday.

Jake Arrieta (elbow inflammation) is expected to do a light side session today and a longer one on Saturday. If those go well, he is still in line to start Wednesday versus St. Louis.

Blake Davis, who made his big-league debut on Wednesday, is starting at second base again Friday after making a key error on Wednesday that allowed the winning runs to score. Showalter said he felt it was important to get Davis right back in a game.

Showalter said the primary reason he has switched bench coach Willie Randolph with third base coach John Russell was because he wants Russell, who is also the catching coach, to spend more time with the catchers in-game. He also said Russell’s knee problems were a contributing factor. Showalter did not criticize Russell for his decisions at third base, which included getting pitcher Chris Jakubauskas thrown out at home on Sunday against the Washington Nationals.

Brian Roberts (concussion) is going to have his wisdom teeth pulled.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 4:39 PM | | Comments (1)


What is with Brian Roberts and his teeth? I thought he went to the dentist a few times before and during spring training. To be even more frank, getting your wisdom teeth is not exactly my idea of fun. I am surprised he did this when he still has some concussion symptoms. On a more positive note, I am glad that Simon is making good progress. I am surprised that Blake Davis is getting a second swing at this. I would rather have Andino at second, I know his hitting as of late leaves something to be desired still and the fact that second base isn't even Blake's position! There better not be a rumor that Scott Moore is coming back to Baltimore!
Shame Roy Oswalt hit the DL today, I had this crazy notion that that Orioles could land him in a trade. Oh well!
Maybe, Brian Matusz will surprise me with a good outing this weekend. In case of no one has noticed Matusz is in my dog house. In my humble opinion, young Brian needs to toughen up!

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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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