Showalter's pre-game notes: Reynolds, Markakis, Matusz, Bergesen

Here are some notes from Buck Showalter's pre-game session Wednesday.

Heading into Wednesday, the Orioles had three players who had started each of the club's 34 games. Now they'll have one: Derrek Lee.


Right fielder Nick Markakis and third baseman Mark Reynolds are not in Wednesday's lineup -- for different reasons.

Reynolds, who was 0-for-6 on Tuesday and has one hit in his past 15 at-bats, is on the bench while Robert Andino gets the start at third.

"I wouldn't say a day off -- he has been working since he walked into the clubhouse -- but he is not starting tonight," Showalter said. "[He'll] be back in there tomorrow, more than likely."

Reynolds is batting .177 in 113 at-bats and can't seem to get into a groove at the plate.

"It clicked for a day or so, and then he gets into some habits again," Showalter said. "Hitting up here is an ongoing process."

Markakis is out of the lineup because he is suffering from a stomach flu that swept through his family. His wife was stricken with it Tuesday night, and Markakis got it overnight. He was told to stay home today and not come into the clubhouse.

"He is pretty sick," Showalter said. "I talked to him about an hour or so ago, and he is starting to feel a little better. But it is a highly contagious thing, so the doctors feel like he should stay home tonight."

The Orioles chose not to bring up a pitcher from the minors to help the bullpen, but Showalter said Brad Bergesen skipped his work day Wednesday and will be available to pitch in relief in an emergency today. He is still scheduled to pitch Saturday at Tampa.

Lefty Brian Matusz (intercostal strain) pitched three innings today in a simulated game in Sarasota, Fla., and had no problems, though Showalter said he "did take a come-backer off his right wrist, but he is OK."

Matusz will throw a side session in Tampa in front of bullpen coach Rick Adair and pitching coach Mark Connor and then is scheduled to fly back with the Orioles on Sunday and pitch Monday in Frederick. He is expected to throw four innings.

Right-hander Justin Duchscherer (hip) threw a side with no problems in Sarasota and will throw two innings in a simulated game Friday.