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August 17, 2011

(UPDATED) A's-O's lineups, Guthrie dealing with shoulder stiffness, Britton and other rotation stuff, Roberts

Robert Andino, 2B
J.J. Hardy, SS
Nick Markakis, RF
Adam Jones, CF
Vladimir Guerrero, DH
Mark Reynolds, 1B
Nolan Reimold, LF
Josh Bell, 3B
Craig Tatum, C
Alfredo Simon, SP

Jemile Weeks, 2B
Coco Crisp, CF
Hideki Matsui, DH
Josh Willingham, LF
Brandon Allen, 1B
Ryan Sweeney, RF
Cliff Pennington, SS
Kurt Suzuki, C
Scott Sizemore, 3B
Brandon McCarthy, SP

Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie is dealing with shoulder stiffness that could push his next start back a day or two. Orioles manager Buck Showalter is hopeful that it's not anything serious. Guthrie threw a light bullpen session earlier this week and did some light tossing in the bullpen a couple of minutes ago.

At this point, Jo-Jo Reyes is scheduled to pitch Friday's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels. Tommy Hunter will start Saturday, and the Orioles haven't announced Sunday's starter. Guthrie is an option for that outing, but it appears that he'll be pushed back further than that.

Zach Britton, who had a solid rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk last night, was expected to come off the disabled list and start in next week's Minnesota Twins series, but he's an option for Sunday as well.

I forgot to mention that second baseman Brian Roberts is seeing concussion specialist Dr. Michael Collins today. It's more just a checkup, and there won't be any big revelations.

"At this point, it’s just a gradual progression," Roberts said yesterday. "He’s not going to say, ‘OK, let’s play a game tomorrow.’ Tomorrow will be just a checkup to see where I am, how I’m doing."

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 2:12 PM | | Comments (9)


Guthrie will end up on the D.L. so he dosen't lose 20.

I want a job with the Orioles...I have a bad shoulder too!

Good news! We get the volume discount on shoulder surgeries!

Guthrie mentioning he has shoulder stiffness is player code to other teams to stay away from him with this month's trade deadline looming.

Blah, blah, blah...

This site is becoming a broken record. Injuries, poor performance on the field and a small drop of hope in the cocktail that tastes of failure. I'll see you guys next spring, I'm heading over to the Washington Post's coverage of Beck vs. Grossman.

The longer this season drags on the more I realize that wayne is the MAN on this board. Heed him!

Here is a plan for success. Trade Nick Markakis, Matt Weiters and Adam Jones. Release Guthrie if you can't get anymore than a bat boy for him. Also trade Matusz for some used bats before he becomes the winner of the Adam Lowen and Hayden Penn sweepstakes.

Not sure i understand the infatuation with Reimold over Pie. They have virtually the same # of ab's in the majors this year, with equally abysmal results. Yet Reimold was given the advantage of playing regularly for the first two months of the season, albeit in the minors.

Onceawarrior just said it best. The Orioles do not have a major league caliber left fielder. Nor a second baseman. Nor a First Baseman. Nor a third baseman. Nor a starting rotation.

To anyone who can try to root out a ray of sunlight for this organization I ask this question:

" Other than THAT, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?"

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