Pre-game notes: Orioles vs. Blue Jays

Baltimore OriolesTommy HunterGrapefruit LeagueAlfredo SimonBuck ShowalterBrett CecilToronto Blue Jays

The Orioles are here at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium for an afternoon game against the Blue Jays.

As you will see below, the lineup Buck Showalter is sending out for today's game wouldn't even qualify as a 'B' team. The joke around the Orioles clubhouse was that this is more like a Futures game.

See if you can find a starter in the bunch. Let me know.

Showalter actually re-adjusted his starting lineup after Toronto starter Brett Cecil was scratched and replaced by Ryan Tepera. Glynn Davis was initially slated to play center and hit leadoff, but he's been replaced by John Ruettiger. Also Scott Beerer and Ryan Flaherty were flip-flopped.

Left-hander Dana Eveland will start today, followed by right-hander Alfredo Simon and left-hander Zach Phillips.

Some notes from today:

-- ShortstopJ.J. Hardy, who hasn't played since Monday, received a cortisone injection for a sore throwing shoulder. It's the second time this camp Hardy's been given some days off because of shoulder soreness. Showalter said he hopes Hardy can return for Friday's home game vs. Detroit.

-- Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is slated to start in Sunday's Grapefruit League finale against the Rays. Right-hander Tommy Hunter is slated to start in a minor league game on the same day to get his innings in. The team hasn't decided when it will next pitch left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who can pitch two more times until camp breaks.

-- Left-hander Zach Britton, who received a platelet rich plasma injection in his throwing shoulder, said his shoulder is pain-free. He has started doing some rehab in the pool and will work with Chris Correnti on his routine.

Here are the linueps for today's game:

Orioles
Johnny Reuttiger CF
Scott Beerer RF
Ryan Flaherty 1B
Ronny Paulino C
Jai Miller DH
Manny Machado SS
L.J. Hoes LF
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Jason Esposito 3B
Dana Eveland LHP

Blue Jays
Yunel Escobar SS
Kelly Johnson 2B
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Eric Thames LF
Brett Lawrie 3B
J.P. Arencibia C
Colby Rasmus CF
Yan Gomes DH
Ryan Tepera RHP

 

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