Orioles pre-game notes: Dana Eveland likely to start Friday

All signs point to the Orioles' recalling left-hander Dana Eveland to start Friday's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays here at Camden Yards.

Eveland was removed from Monday's start after throwing just 63 pitches in five shutout innings and allowing just four hits. Eveland, signed by Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette this offseason to compete for a starting rotation spot, has pitched well at Triple-A. The ground-ball pitcher is 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 36 2/3 innings over six starts. He's gone at least six innings in four starts and went five innings in the other two.


Right-hander Tommy Hunter, who would have pitched Friday, was optioned to Norfolk on Monday after struggling in his past two starts.

The Orioles would need to make a move to add Eveland to the 40-man roster. They could move either second baseman Brian Roberts, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list March 26, or catcher Taylor Teagarden, DLed on April 4, to the 60-day DL.


In other news, left-hander Zach Phillips has been recalled from Norfolk and right-hander Jason Berken will be opioned to Triple-A. Because of the weather tonight, the move won't be officially made until it is certain tonight's game will be played.

Left-hander Zach Britton will throw 45 pitches in an extended spring training game Thrursday. Minor leaguer Oliver Drake threw 57 pitches (over four innings) an extended spring training game.

Here are tonight's lineups:

Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Josh Hamilton CF
Adrian Beltre DH
Michael Young 3B
David Murphy LF
Nelson Cruz RF
Mike Napoli C
Mitch Moreland 1B
Neftali Feliz RHP

Endy Chavez LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis 1B
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds DH
Robert Andino 2B
Jake Arrieta RHP

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