Most of the team’s starters – with the exception of Nolan Reimold – will remain in Sarasota this morning to workout.
Nolan Reimold will make his first start since season-ending neck surgery last year. We will see Danny Valencia at first base. That’s important because Valencia, who is competing for a situational DH and reserve infielder role, will need to show he can play first because the Orioles will need whoever gets that reserve spot to be Chris Davis’ backup at first.
Also, Conor Jackson, who has been dealing with some lower back stiffness the past few days, will be in the lineup as the DH.
Jair Jurrjens will start today’s game against the Jays. He will likely go only one inning, but he will face a test with new Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes, OF Jose Bautista and possibly Juan Encarnacion at the top of the Jays order.
Also, this will be Kevin Gausman’s Grapefruit League debut. He dazzled in a perfect four-out inning in Thursday’s intrasquad game. He will throw one inning in the middle of the game.
Here are the starting lineups: