Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman had a rough go of it at Camden Yards on Saturday night, not making it out of the fourth inning. But down on the farm, the Orioles got mixed results from a pair of noteworthy starters.
Brian Matusz will open the season pitching out of the Orioles' bullpen, where he flourished in the final five weeks of the season, but manager Buck Showalter said he still sees Matusz as an option to start.
Chris Tillman has been put on the 15-day disabled list with left abdominal strain retroactive to March 22. He will be able to come off the DL on April 6 and pitch the Orioles' fifth game of the season against the Minnesota Twins.
Right-hander Jair Jurrjens was hoping to show the Orioles once more what he can do on the mound before the club makes its final roster decisions. A line drive off the bat of Thomas Neal ended Jurrjens' last audition 21 pitches into Wednesday night's Grapefruit League game.
Orioles lefty Brian Matusz is hoping to springboard back into the starting rotation after embracing a reliever role and becoming an integral part of the Orioles sealing their first playoff berth in 15 years.
Steve Pearce and Conor Jackson, two players competing against each other trying to win a roster spot with the Orioles, have been the team¿s top two hitters over the first 10 games of the Grapefruit League schedule.
Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, Darren O¿Day and Jim Johnson did not pitch through the first rotation of Grapefruit League games. Instead, they were scheduled to throw in a simulated game Tuesday morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex while the team traveled to Bradenton for a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The exhibition season is underway, but it¿ll be awhile before anybody should draw any conclusions from the makeup of the Orioles¿ Grapefruit League starting lineups or the early performances of the pitchers.
Trayvon Robinson suited up for the first time as an Oriole on Saturday and took part in the first official full-squad workout, but the outfielder had hoped to be in camp a lot earlier after being acquired in the November deal that sent infielder Robert Andino to the Seattle Mariners.