Reynolds out for doubleheader (and lineups for Game 1)
Mark Reynolds, who was beaned in the helmet in the third inning Saturday by Los Angeles Angels pitcher Ervin Santana, did not pass his cognitive test and will not play at all in Monday’s doubleheader.
He expects to take another test Tuesday, but the Orioles are being cautious with Reynolds, who also was beaned last August while with the Arizona Diamondbacks and eventually missed three games.
“We’re not in position yet where we feel comfortable, so we’ll see what tomorrow brings,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He had this happen in Arizona last year, and you don’t try to handicap it or talk about X-Rays or whatever. I think from the limited experience we all have with it, you just kind of take it day by day and see how he feels.”
Reynolds said the spot on the left side of his head was “still sore, but I’m fine.” He was hoping to play in at least one of Monday’s games but now isn’t sure when he’ll get the OK to get back in the lineup. Right now, he is day to day, but it’s unlikely he’ll play Tuesday either.
“I think sometimes people, we forget the guts or whatever it takes just to get in the box against these guys that throw hard and hang in there against a slider. It’s a lot of challenges you have to be focused on mentally in this game,” Showalter said. “If I know Mark, he’ll bounce back and respond well.”
Adam Jones is also not in the lineup for the opener at Fenway Park with a sprained right thumb that is still sore. Showalter said Jones was available to play if needed – leaving the door cracked open for a possibility of the center fielder potentially starting in Game 2.
Here is the Game 1 lineup for the Orioles: Angle 8, Hardy 6, Markakis 9, Guerrero DH, Wieters 2, C. Davis 3, Andino 4, Reimold 7, Bell 5. Guthrie 1.
And for the Red Sox: Ellsbury 8, Pedroia 4, Gonzalez 3, Ortiz DH, Reddick 9, Crawford 7, Scutaro 6, Saltalamacchia 2, Aviles 5. Weiland 1.