First baseman Derrek Lee, who has not played in a game due to right wrist soreness, will make his Orioles' debut this afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium.
He is playing first base and batting third.
"It's good. Get some work for April 1. I get to play instead of practicing all the time," said Lee, who the Orioles signed to a one-year free agent deal this winter. "It's what, March 19th, and I haven't been out there yet so it will be good to get my feet wet."
He won't have any easy assignment for his first game: He'll be facing the Phillies' lefty Cole Hamels.
"It doesn't matter, I just have got to get out there and get some at-bats," Lee said. "Get out there on defense. Hopefully, running the bases, get the feel back."
Also in today's lineup is catcher Craig Tatum, who hadn't played in a week due to a tweaked muscle in his side.
Here is the lineup for the Orioles and Phillies:
Robert Andino 2B, Adam Jones CF, Derrek Lee 1B, Vladimir Guerrero DH, Mark Reynolds 3B, Nolan Reimold LF, Randy Winn RF, Brendan Harris SS, Craig Tatum C. Jake Arrieta P.
Jimmy Rollins SS, Shane Victorino CF, Raul Ibanez LF, Ross Gload DH, Ben Francisco RF, John Mayberry Jr. 1B, Pete Orr 2B, Josh Barfield 2B, Erik Kratz C, Cole Hamels P.