Matusz and Simon updates, Yankees lineup

Left-hander Brian Matusz threw from 120 feet on flat ground today and didn’t report any pain related to his left intercostal muscle. He’ll throw again on Sunday, with a slightly more aggressive approach, and progress to two mound sessions at Camden Yards if he doesn’t experience any setbacks.

Matusz is slated to throw bullpen sessions on Tuesday and Thursday. He could return to the minor league complex in Sarasota after the homestand, which would enable him to throw in nicer weather.

The Orioles head to Chicago after Thursday night’s game against the Red Sox. It figures to be warmer in Sarasota.

Also, Alfredo Simon has pitched in two extended spring training games, going two innings in his most recent appearance. He’ll be stretched to three innings in his next outing.

The Orioles have put Simon on a starter’s schedule.

Manager Buck Showalter was told that Simon has lost about 30 pounds.

Simon remains on the restricted list, which removes him from the 40-man roster.

Mitch Atkins, who didn’t pitch in spring training because of an oblique injury, will pitch tomorrow for Single-A Frederick.

Look for shortstop Cesar Izturis to return to the lineup tomorrow night.

The Orioles seem confident that they’ll play tonight, though the conditions will be “nasty, cold and raining,” in Showalter’s words,

Here’s the Yankees lineup:
Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Posada DH
Martin C
Gardner LF

Sabathia LHP

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