A few pre-game notes

Corey Patterson is expected to be available tomorrow. He worked out on the field earlier today.

Brian Roberts also worked out here before heading to Double-A Bowie.

“He thought I was going to have him in the lineup,” interim manager Juan Samuel said.

The Orioles must decide whether to activate him next week when the team is in Toronto, and risk playing him on the hard artificial surface, or wait until the series in Kansas City that begins July 29. They could activate him here over the weekend and perhaps use him as the DH for a few games in Toronto.

I had a brief chat with Brian Matusz, who is confident that his recent struggles are related to his mechanics and can be corrected. He’ll meet with pitching coach Rick Kranitz and try to figure it out.

Luke Scott only played three games on his injury rehab assignment, but he thinks that’s enough.

“There’s going to be an adjustment process with your eyes, speeding up your eyes, but what I looked for down there was the ability to hit the fastball and not pull off it, and I was able to do that,” he said. “Seeing more breaking balls in the minor leagues isn’t really going to help me. I need to get in there and see some pitches.

“I was just looking to be able to hit the fastball and hit it toward the middle of the field, not roll over. My swing mechanics are fine.”

So is the hamstring that he strained while rounding the bases on a home run.

“I’ve got to be smart about it,” he said. “I can’t push it really hard right off the bat. I’ve got to be smart about it and pick my spots.”

Samuel didn’t dismiss the idea of moving a starter to the bullpen to make room in the rotation for Kevin Millwood, who is eligible to return on Wednesday. Depends whether the team needs a long reliever.

Samuel told Frank Mata, who was optioned today, that he wanted to see the right-hander pitch the way he did yesterday. Keep the ball down and don’t overthrow.

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