SARASOTA, Fla. - Justin Duchscherer remains encouraged by the condition of his left hip this morning.
"Everything was OK yesterday," he said. "It's one of those weird things where guys who have surgery and come back might have a day or two where they just feel concerned, worried. So far, since the other day, everything's felt fine. I threw off flat ground, and they have a half mound, and everything was fine. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed and hoping it was just a one-day cranky hip."
Duchscherer was frustrated and discouraged a few days ago when he couldn't work out because of soreness in the hip. His mood changed later after he played catch, and it continued to improve yesterday.
"I felt like, 'Oh no,' that kind of feeling," he said. "But sometimes you get ahead of yourself, which I think I did a little bit. Now we're back, hopefully, to getting back to my progression and getting ready."
We're still waiting for the lineup. Jeremy Guthrie, Rick VandenHurk, Mark Hendrickson, Jason Berken, David Riske and Armando Gabino are scheduled to pitch.
The Rays are sending pitchers Andy Sonnanstine, Chris Archer, Matt Bush, Cesar Cabral, Rob Delaney, Mike Ekstrom and Dirk Hayhurst.
For the Orioles:
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Luke Scott LF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Mark Reynolds 3B
Adam Jones CF
J.J. Hardy SS
Matt Wieters C
Jake Fox 1B
Jeremy Guthrie RHP
For the Rays:
Johnny Damon LF
Sean Rodriguez SS
Evan Longoria 3B
Manny Ramirez DH
B.J. Upton CF
Felipe Lopez 2B
Casey Kotchman 1B
Kelly Shoppach C
Brandon Guyer RF
Andy Sonnanstine RHP
Reminder that the Orioles will conduct an open tryout Saturday at Camden Yards to find ballgirls and ballboys for the 2011 season. The judges will include members of the front office and former pitcher Dave Johnson.
Outgoing and athletic men and women ages 18 and older are invited to try out beginning at noon.
Those interested should dress casually, bring their own gloves and use the Home Plate Plaza entrance to Camden Yards on the southwest corner of the ballpark. Resumes are recommended. Complimentary parking will be available in Lot A.
In addition to being able to handle a glove and field ground balls, interested candidates should be personable, customer-service oriented and available to work the entire 2011 season.
If you're only able to handle a glove and field ground balls, you might make the 25-man roster as a utility infielder.