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.