Some things from Buck Showalter’s pre-game media session:
The Orioles manager said he didn’t really consider giving Mark Reynolds a day off of third base after his rough start Tuesday, in which he made a key error that allowed the Yankees back into a game they eventually won, 5-4.
“I didn’t consider it too long, but I understand what topics of conversations are. They are certainly not going to be about the three or four above-average plays he has made. It’s going to be about the other stuff. We had plenty of opportunities in that game last night to not make anything like that matter,” Showalter said. “Mark and I talked today. We have an off-day tomorrow. Head out on the road, and I thought it was important for him to get right back on the horse.”
Showalter said it’s tough to see Reynolds struggle defensively – he has made two errors in five games, and first baseman Chris Davis saved him from another – because Reynolds worked so hard to improve from his 26 errors at third base last season.
“That’s part of the reason why he is in there today," Showalter said. "This is a guy that has put in probably as much hard work as anybody on our club during the offseason, and it’s kind of frustrating for us not to see him get a return for it.”
Showalter said his rotation for the Toronto series, which starts Friday, will stay in line. So Tommy Hunter will pitch the opener against the Blue Jays, Jason Hammel will pitch Saturday night and Brian Matusz will pitch Sunday afternoon.
Showalter said he was waiting to see how Hunter, who had had some back issues early in the spring, responded from his scheduled bullpen session Tuesday.
“We were waiting to see how Tommy’s work day went yesterday. It went well. I just wanted to make sure he was physically fine,” said Showalter about Hunter, who threw seven scoreless innings in his first start this season. “There’s a lot of me that wants him to be just like he was last time.”
Showalter said he still believes Brian Roberts (concussion) will join the club for part of its first road trip so that he can be with the team in the dugout. He remains on the disabled list, and there is no date set for his return.
Here are the lineups for Wednesday: