Pre-game notes: Matusz to pitch Wednesday if OK, Lineups, Reynolds at first base
By Jeff Zrebiec
May 28, 2011 | 4:29 PM
Brian Matusz arrived at The Coliseum earlier today and said that if he gets through a bullpen tomorrow with no problems, he'll start Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners. Orioles manager Buck Showalter also said that's a likely scenario.
First baseman Derrek Lee felt pain free today, so the club has decided that he'll start baseball activities tomorrow. The original plan was Monday. Starter Justin Duchscherer threw three innings today in an extended spring game.
You'll notice below that Showalter will run out an interesting lineup against A's left-hander Josh Outman. That includes Mark Reynolds at first base. It will be Reynolds' 25th career start at first base with the other 24 coming in 2009. Showalter opted for that move because he feels that Robert Andino is really the team's only leadoff option against left-handed pitching. He also wanted to get rookie Ryan Adams in that game. So the only way to do that was to play Reynolds at first.
Matt Wieters also was off for the second time in three games. Showalter pointed out that Wieters caught 197 pitches last night and he was going to get either Saturday or Sunday off because the whole day game after night game thing. They opted to play him Sunday and pair him up with rookie Zach Britton.