SARASOTA, Fla. - Nolan Reimold won’t return to left field until Wednesday or Thursday, according to manager Buck Showalter.
Reimold will continue to work out in the field.
“He’s really going to let it go and see how he responds,” Showalter said.
Adam Jones will return to the lineup on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays in Sarasota.
Brian Roberts, Chris Davis and Nate McLouth are tentatively scheduled to make the trip to Fort Myers on Tuesday for the game against the Boston Red Sox.
Wei-Yin Chen is slated to go five innings Monday at the minor league complex.
Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia was supposed to play in his first game Monday, but he tweaked his ankle yesterday during a baserunning drill. It isn’t considered serious, but his debut may be delayed.
Left-hander Brian Matusz is starting Tuesday against the Red Sox, who counter with Ryan Dempster. Left-hander Zach Britton will start Wednesday against the Blue Jays, and Jake Arrieta will start Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Sarasota.
For the Twins:
Aaron Hicks CF
Jamey Carroll 2B
Ryan Doumit C
Justin Morneau 1B
Wilkin Ramirez DH
Chris Parmelee RF
Joe Benson LF
Eduardo Escobar 3B
Pedro Florimon SS
Vance Worley RHP
Update: Showalter was impressed by the reports on Chris Tillman’s start yesterday at Twin Lake Park.
“Great,” Showalter said. “He came in and felt really good today. It went well. He threw the ball well. I don’t care who you are, you go down there and your velocity is always a tick or two down. His wasn’t. He was pretty intense.”
Tillman will pitch at Twins Lakes Park again if his turn comes up when the Orioles are facing a division opponent.
Showalter was asked about the crowded outfield that awaits at Triple-A Norfolk. The numbers say there are too many outfielders to send down.
“Depends how you look at it,” Showalter said. “A lot of guys here can play first base. (Travis) Ishikawa, if he doesn’t make the club. I’m not going to assume that somebody’s not going to be with us. Obviously, it has to be something involved with a trade or injury for it to happen. But there’s ways. You’re talking about three outfield spots, a DH spot and some first base play. R.J. (Ron Johnsson) is great with that.
“Everybody’s going to get an opportunity to play. Whether or not we can send them... Say we’re all healthy and Reimold’s healthy and (Nick) Markakis is healthy. Is there a way to send them all? I don’t see anybody here that you can ask to go play in Bowie, even though I could sell that to them and be honest about it, that they’ve got just as good a chance to be called up from Bowie as they do Norfolk. We’ll see what happens when we cross that road.”
“I think some of the guys have outs in their contracts. We’ve got some pitchers here that we’re getting close to some of those days where we’ve got to commit or not commit.”