BOSTON - If you’ve never stepped inside the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park, imagine trying to fit your sectional sofa inside a phone booth.
I volunteered to scrape the paint off the walls, just to create more space.
It’s so small, the mice are hunchbacked.
It’s so small, I had to step outside to change my mind.
It’s so small, the clubhouse attendant put a key in the door and broke a window.
But seriously, folks ...
Nolan Reimold rode a stationary bike to loosen the ol’ hamstring. A real bike would have crashed into a wall before the pedals had made one full turn.
Reimold is confident that he will play Wednesday. The club is off Tuesday, providing an extra day of rest and recovery.
“I had some tightness in spring training and it’s kind of lingered,” he said. “It just started to cramp up yesterday.”
Enough so that first base coach Wayne Kirby noticed it.
“He could tell that it was bothering me,” Reimold said. “The smart thing to do was to come out. I got treatment and it feels good today. Just a little tight.”
Miguel Gonzalez’s next turn in the rotation would have been Wednesday, but he’s being pushed back to Friday in New York.
“That’s what they told me,” Gonzalez said. “They don’t want me to pitch here, so give me a little bit more rest. That’s fine with me. That’s not a problem.”
Gonzalez won both starts in the Bronx last year as a rookie, allowing four runs, walking one and striking out 17 in 13 2/3 innings.
“Doesn’t matter what I did last year at Yankee Stadium,” he said. “This year is a different year and I’ve just got to go out there and do my best.”
Gonzalez is throwing a bullpen session today in preparation for Friday’s start. He’s not disrupted by the delay in his next appearance.
“I did it last year,” he said. “I don’t think it’s going to bother me this year. I’m just going to go and do what I do best.”
Gonzalez continues to receive treatment on his left shin after being hit at Tropicana Field, but he said it’s just slightly tender. It won’t prevent him from pitching.
Orioles catchers have thrown out four of five attempted base stealers (Matt Wieters three, Taylor Teagarden one). No other American League team’s catchers have nabbed more than two (Boston, Toronto and Houston).
Should Chris Davis be named AL Player of the Week later today, it will be his second award in as many weeks. He shared it with Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander for the week of Sept. 24-30, 2012.
The Orioles have won nine of the last 12 games against the Red Sox, and 19 of the last 27.