Dave Trembley said today that he still trusts Kevin Millwood to get ready in time for Opening Day, but conceded that everybody would like to see him pitch better than he did in his first two exhibition starts.
"But I won't be that concerned if he doesn't,'' Trembley said."He's going to pitch at the top of our rotation, no matter what."
Does that mean Millwood is officially the Opening Day starter.
"I'm not ready to say that,'' Trembley said.
Of course, if Millwood is healthy, he'll be out there on April 6 at Tropicana Field.
Trembley was careful the way he worded it when he told Miguel Abrea, Caleb Joseph, Michel Hernandez, Blake Davis, Matt Angle and Luis Bernardo.
"I told them, 'You're not going down, you're going across to the other clubhouse,'' he said.
Quite a switch from when the Orioles were in Fort Lauderdale, and he would have to say, 'You're not going down, you're going across to the other side of the state."
Though it was raining some in Sarasota, Dave said the minor league game was underway. That's important because David Hernandez was scheduled to throw 75 pitches and Mark Henrickson and Jason Berken were set to throw 50. Dennis Sarfate also is scheduled to pitch.
The Orioles are scheduled for a day off tomorrow, but Trembley said they could probably "kiss off" the break if the game today is rained out in Clearwater, which is very possible.