The remnants of Hurricane Irene are behind the Orioles and New York Yankees, but some strong feelings linger in its wake.
The Yankees were not happy about the way the Orioles handled the rescheduling of Saturday's doubleheader — the games were pushed back to Sunday and a 1:05 p.m. contest on a mutual off day Sept. 8 — preferring a day-night doubleheader Friday in anticipation of the storm.
The Orioles had just returned from a 10-game road trip and were dealing with news of the death of former player and executive Mike Flanagan and were not about to schedule two games Friday. The Orioles suggested consecutive doubleheaders Sunday and Monday, but that was shot down because the Yankees head into a series with the rival Boston Red Sox on Tuesday.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday that he wasn't appreciative of the criticism waged by several Yankee representatives, including outfielder Curtis Granderson and manager Joe Girardi — especially given the timing of the complaints Friday evening.
"First of all, I felt that some of the stuff was a little disrespectful to Flanny, quite frankly. That didn't sit with me very well. I can tell you that," Showalter said. "I think we had an April rainout there — and they just told us when we were playing. We were OK with that. … Some of it kind of has a feeling of [being] hypocritical. I don't know. I don't dwell on it.
"Their opinion on what the Baltimore Orioles should do for their fans and for their organization isn't really that relevant to me, personally. I can tell you that," Showalter added. "We'll do what's best for our fans and for our organization, and we expect it back, that they're going to do the same on their side."
Girardi said Sunday morning that he would have preferred a makeup game at the end of the season or as part of a doubleheader in New York next week instead of having the club lose its only full day off Sept. 8 — the Yankees will be flying in the early morning Sept. 15 after a trip to Seattle.
"The end of the season, you do it the Thursday after the Tampa game" Sept. 29, Girardi said. "We could do a split doubleheader at our place here; [there] are a lot of different things you can do."
Girardi was asked, if the roles were reversed, whether he would be OK with a home game switched to the road.
"These are circumstances that aren't normal. It's kind of like the [Florida] Marlins had to go up to Seattle because they had a concert. I'm sure they weren't happy about it. They didn't move it to a neutral site," Girardi said. "Cleveland had to go play in Milwaukee because of crazy circumstances. Sometimes the circumstances dictate what happens."
Showalter had a comment on that as well: "Somebody said they offered us to play them there and they were going to give us part of the gate. That's interesting."
Overall, Showalter said he felt like the Orioles' front office handled things correctly.
"I'm real confident that our guys have thought about every possible thing, and we hope that the scenario we've had coming back home here [with Flanagan's death] never presents itself again," Showalter said. "I'm sure if they stopped and thought about it, if the same thing that happened to one of their greats, that they probably would have given a lot of consideration to how they were going to handle that day."
Scott visits team
Orioles outfielder Luke Scott (shoulder surgery) was back in the Orioles' clubhouse Sunday, doling out left-handed handshakes to all his teammates. It has been about five weeks since he had a tear in his right labrum repaired, and he said his recovery is ahead of schedule.
"It's doing good, considering," said Scott, the 2010 Most Valuable Oriole who hit .220 with nine homers in 64 games before his season ended. "My physical therapist says I am way ahead of the game. I've been feeling results better every day."
He will rehabilitate his shoulder until the end of November, then begin strength exercises and some limited throwing and swinging. He still expects to be fine by spring training, but at this point, it is uncertain whether he'll return to the Orioles next year.
Being out, he said, has been torture.
"Words can't describe it. It has been extremely difficult."
Center fielder Adam Jones was back in the starting lineup for both games Sunday after missing the past two games with chest soreness. Right-hander Jake Arrieta, who had bone chips removed from his elbow this month, is showing increased flexibility, more than he has this season, Showalter said.
Also, infielder Cesar Izturis (groin strain) could start playing in rehab games Thursday or Friday, and first baseman Chris Davis (shoulder strain) could begin baseball activities Wednesday or Thursday, Showalter said.
Around the horn
Left-handed reliever Mark Hendrickson joined the club Sunday while Troy Patton is on the restricted list. Patton, who has a hearing Monday on his offseason arrest on charges of driving while intoxicated, could return Monday or Tuesday, which likely means only a two-day return to the big leagues for Hendrickson. … By throwing out Francisco Cervelli at second base in the third inning of Sunday's first game, right fielder Nick Markakis picked up his 14th outfield assist, second among major league outfielders. … Starters Alfredo Simon and Jo-Jo Reyes were in the Orioles' bullpen for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader in case they were needed in relief, but Zach Britton threw seven innings. … Reliever Jason Berken's wife, Emily, will have labor induced Tuesday. … Third baseman Brandon Waring's eighth-inning homer Sunday in Double-A Bowie's 4-1 victory was his 20th of the season and 43rd for the Baysox, breaking the club's all-time record previously held by outfielder Keith Reed. … Derek Jeter played his 2,402nd game as a Yankee on Sunday, passing Mickey Mantle for most ever in pinstripes.
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