Orioles manager Buck Showalter still hasn’t posted his lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Blue Jays. He’s waiting on three players who are “banged up.”
Manny Machado and Seth Smith are two of the players. Machado said his finger is much better today and joked that he “was benched” for yesterday’s game in Detroit. Smith took a foul ball off his left cheek and had blurry vision by the ninth inning.
There are minor issues, Showalter said, that he wants to prevent from becoming “something major.”
The tarp is on the field and players will hit indoors.
Showalter said his bullpen is in good shape after Miguel Castro covered the last two innings yesterday. No roster moves are anticipated.
Closer Zach Britton played catch in Sarasota to begin his throwing program.
Gabriel Ynoa’s bullpen session went well and he’ll throw batting practice before heading on an injury rehab assignment. He’s recovering from a strained right hamstring.
Orioles catchers lead the majors with a .325 average (51-for-157).
According to STATS, the Orioles’ road trip was their first with six or more one-run losses since 1955.
The Phillies were the last major league team with six or more one-run losses on a road trip in 2015. The Tigers were the last American League team in 1982.
The 2011 Marlins were the last team with six one-run losses in a seven-game span. It never happened to the Orioles before their trip.
For the Blue Jays
Ezequiel Carrera CF
José Bautista RF
Kendrys Morales DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Devon Travis 2B
Ryan Goins SS
Darwin Barney 3B
Anthony Alford LF
Luke Maile C
Aaron Sanchez RHP