The O's are probably just getting off the bus in Fort Myers for today's game against the Minnesota Twins. Jeremy Guthrie will start the 1:05 game, which will feel like 10:05 a.m. after hopping a few time zones on his overnight flight back from the World Baseball Classic.
Guthrie has pitched just nine innings this spring, so he's got a little catching up to do. So does catcher Gregg Zaun, who didn't make the trip today and still has not caught Guthrie in anything but a bullpen session.
"I'm probably going to get his next two starts,'' Zaun said. "That should be enough. I've caught pretty much everybody else in camp. Whatever decision they make on the three, four and five guys, I'm pretty comfortable. Once they narrow the focus, I'll narrow mine."
Rich Hill is scheduled to pitch two innings in Wednesday's intrasquad game, but the plan now is for him to start the season on the disabled list. Koji Uehara, who threw a batting practice session on Sunday, remains scheduled to start tomorrow's home game against the Nationals.
Here's the O's lineup for today's game:
Felix Pie CF
Ryan Freel LF
Scott Moore 3B
Oscar Salazar 1B
Luke Scott DH
Lou Montanez RF
Robbie Hammock C
Jolbert Cabrera SS
Donnie Murphy 2B
Jeremy Guthrie RHP