Justin Duchscherer will throw a 35-pitch bullpen session today or tomorrow in Sarasota.
That’s the only update on him. The Orioles don’t know when he’ll start another extended spring training game.
Duchscherer is eligible to come off the disabled list in four days, but that’s obviously not going to happen.
Brian Matusz is driving to Norfolk today and will start for the Tides tomorrow night. He requested a Columbus Clippers roster to see whether he recognized any names (he did).
Matusz will return to Baltimore over the weekend or join the Orioles in Oakland and be activated for the June 1 start in Seattle.
Matt Wieters wanted to catch today, but he’ll take a seat on the bench. Craig Tatum will work behind the plate.
Manager Buck Showalter will do everything possible to avoid using a position player to pitch in a blowout. Does he have a player in mind if given no choice?
“I’m not giving it up,” he said, grinning.
Nick Markakis would volunteer, and some teams had plans to draft him as a pitcher, but you won’t see him on the mound.
Adam Jones would do it, but again, there’s no way.
You already know that Felix Pie raced in from left field as a volunteer the night that Jeremy Guthrie was used in relief. Robert Andino apparently put him up to it.
Single-A Delmarva shortstop Manny Machado, who hasn’t played since May 5 after dislocating his left kneecap, is performing baseball activities, doing some light running and hitting in the cage at Twin Lakes Park. He could play in his first extended spring training game on Monday and possibly return to the Shorebirds on June 4 or 5.
Double-A Bowie first baseman Joe Mahoney, on the disabled list for a second time with a quad injury, is doing the same things as Machado and could be activated on June 1.
Single-A Frederick center fielder Trent Mummey, who left Harry Grove Stadium in an ambulance after slamming his head into the center field fence and sustaining a concussion during a May 4 game, flew down to Sarasota today to begin baseball activities.