The Orioles play the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Ed Smith Stadium, the last time they face off until Tuesday’s season opener at the Tropicana Field.
It’s an interesting pitching matchup: The Rays are sending out reigning Cy Young Award winner David Price. The Orioles are starting Jesse Beal, a 22-year-old right-hander who had a 4.70 ERA in 27 relief appearances at Single-A Delmarva last year.
Wonder if Vegas will take this one off the board.
Beal, whom the Orioles selected in the 14th round in 2008 out of Fairfax Station, Va., was originally a starter but missed all of 2011 due to shoulder surgery. He returned last year to pitch in relief.
The start originally was Steve Johnson’s but he was scratched with a lat muscle injury. He could start the season on the disabled list.
Chen makes final tune-up
Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen, who will pitch Wednesday in the second game of the regular season, made his final tune-up of the exhibition season by allowing one run in five innings against a collection of Tampa Bay Rays’ Triple-A players.
“This was a really good accomplishment. I feel like I accomplished something today,” Chen said through interpreter Tim Lin. “The first two innings, I couldn't feel anything, probably because I was pitching in the minor leagues, but after the third inning, I felt like I turned my game around and everything was great.”
He threw 82 pitches, walked just one and the only run he yielded was a homer by former major leaguer Brandon Guyer on a fastball. The minor league lineup included top prospect Will Myers, former No. 1 pick Tim Beckham and former big leaguer Shelley Duncan.
“I'm ready for the season,” he said. “I'm in my best shape and my best condition right now, so everything will be fine and I'm looking forward to the season.”
Some other injury updates
Right-hander Jair Jurrjens, who took a liner off his side Wednesday night, had an X-ray Thursday and no bones were broken. After a near sleepless night, Jurrjens said he was still sore this afternoon.
“Sore, really sore and really stiff,” he said.
He’ll receive treatment on the ribs but doesn’t know when he’ll return to action. He likely will begin the season at Triple-A Norfolk.
Outfielder Chris Dickerson, who injured his right Achilles while tracking down a ball in the gap Wednesday, said he “tweaked it” while attempting to plant his foot and pivot on the soft outfield grass. He is doing full activities today. Dickerson is likely ticketed for Triple-A Norfolk.
Outfielder Trayvon Robinson is bothered by a left gluteus strain he injured on Sunday and continues to be held out of the lineup. He said he wants to get back on the field but there is no set timetable for his return. He’s not on the 40-man roster, so it’s likely he will start the season at Norfolk as well.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun