First baseman Derrek Lee, who made his Orioles' debut yesterday and was supposed to play again today, is no longer in the lineup because of a sore left foot. Lee fouled a ball off his left foot during his first at-bat against Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Lee was in significant pain last night, and had both an X-ray and a magnetic resonance imaging performed. Manager Buck Showalter said both came out clean. The X-ray originally turned up one area of concern; however, it apparently checked out fine in the MRI. It's still too early to make any determinations as far as Lee's availability. Showalter didn't totally rule him out from playing today, but that appears unlikely. If Lee is shutdown for any more time this spring, it probably means that he'll start the season on the disabled list. But again, much too early to make that determination.
Some other tidbits: The Orioles will likely make another round of cuts on Wednesday or Thursday. .... Minor leaguers Eddie Gamboa, Sean Gleason, Xavier Avery, Carlos Rojas, Brandon Waring and Kyle Hudson are scheduled to join the big league team today in Port Charlotte ... Adrian Rosario, Jim Johnson and Jeremy Accardo will pitch today in a minor league game. That will represent back-to-back days for Johnson ... Koji Uehara will pitch in a minor league game on Tuesday, and it's likely Chris Tillman will as well. Zach Britton will probably start the big league game that day against the New York Yankees. ... Showalter said that the club will continue to stretch out Josh Rupe, who has emerged as a serious candidate to come north with the club. Rupe also will likely throw in a minor league game on Tuesday.
Brian Roberts will make his return today. Below is the lineup for the Orioles game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte.
Brian Roberts, 2B
Adam Jones, CF
Nick Markakis, RF
Luke Scott, DH
Mark Reynolds, 3B
Felix Pie, LF
Jake Fox, 1B
J.J. Hardy, SS
Craig Tatum, C
Brad Bergesen, SP
Pitching for the Rays: Jeff Niemann.
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