NEW YORK - With shortstop J.J. Hardy unavailable today due to tightness in his lower back, Orioles manager Buck Showalter couldn’t make moves in the late innings that normally would have been automatic for him.
On Jimenez: “He went through some really good sequences and then just got out of whack. He was just missing a lot of pitches. But he had the type of stuff that gets you a lot deeper in the game. He’d just go through spurts where he couldn’t command it. It was a cold day and he was trying to get a feel for the baseball, but you guys watched it. It wasn’t like they banged him around all over the ballpark. He just couldn’t get consistent with it. I know he’s frustrated because there was a lot longer outing there potentially today.”
On whether Jimenez is frustrated: “He might not show it to you all, but he knows he had good stuff. He was pretty crisp. It wasn’t like he was throwing it all over the ballpark. He was just barely missing with a lot of pitches and actually had some counts very early that were in his favor. You saw. There were some swings. ... Nobody really got on him today. There were some balls that fell in that he made good pitches on.”
On whether he’s concerned about overusing the bullpen: “Not yet, because we haven’t. I keep up with the days off. I want to have a right-handed long guy tomorrow with a left-handed starter, and (Josh) Stinson will have two or three days off. And (Evan) Meek. We manage it that way. But it tells you want a start like (Chris) Tillman’s does for you. If we can get two or three of those through the rotation, then we’re going to have guys down there needing work, I hope. But we’re not in that situation yet. We’ve been able to share the load and move it around.”
On baserunning: “We made a couple baserunning mistakes that we can’t make if we’re going to beat the people we need to beat. But like I told Jonathan (Schoop), if it only happens once in his career, those are lessons learned. He thought there were two strikes.”
On Jimenez struggling against bottom of order: “That’s where the walks fell, too. I saw the same thing you did. You’re facing those real long lineups, that’s where we talked a lot about the seven, eight and nine spots. If you look at the track record of those guys, there are some pretty good hitters there - six, seven, eight and nine. So it’s not like you just throw your glove out there. That’s one of the things that good teams like the Yankees are able to do, present challenges all the way through the order.”
On moves being limited without Hardy: “I’m not going to broadcast could he have come in and played or whatever, but we had some thought there, we had not a very good runner with Matt (Wieters), first and second with Lombo (Steve Lombardozzi). If we had all our things available to us, we might approach that situation differently. I can still play Chris (Davis) at first base and put (Steve) Pearce at first or (Nick) Markakis at first or (Steve) Clevenger at first. I still have some options in the infield, but I’m not going to do it before the ninth inning.”
On Reimold: “He had not resumed baseball activities and after talking to Nolan and everybody, we thought May 29 was very reasonable by the time he got through everything. It was nothing new that I’m aware of. Brady (Anderson) talked to him today and I think they all agreed that this was a good idea to kind of step back. You count the rehab that he’d go out on and extended spring where he can do games down there. I think this is, considering all the game he’s missed, we look forward to getting Nolan back at the end of May. He’s not doing any baseball activity. He’s getting treatment and working out. That’s what I’ve been told. That’s kind of where Nolan is.”