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Baltimore Orioles Roster Report 2009-04-08


Baltimore Orioles Roster Report 2009-04-08
The Orioles' roster on opening day will be much different than the one that takes the field in July, let alone in 2010. The rotation has only two guaranteed members, and the starting lineup has two veteran hitters -- Aubrey Huff and Melvin Mora -- in the final year of their respective contracts. The highlight of the 2009 season will be the impending promotion of top prospect Matt Wieters, a 22-year-old switch-hitting catcher who is due in Baltimore before June.

PLAYER NEWS:

--LF Felix Pie entered Monday's opener as a defensive replacement for LF Luke Scott. Pie is likely to start Wednesday, when the Orioles face RHP Chien-Ming Wang.

--C Gregg Zaun isn't expected to provide much offense for the Orioles, but his double in Monday's opener, coupled with a strong defensive effort, are signs as to why the club signed him this winter. He'll start at least five times a week until prospect Matt Wieters is recalled from Class AAA Norfolk.

--RHP Koji Uehara makes his major league debut Wednesday against the Yankees. Uehara, who is the first Japanese player in franchise history, is likely to face a lefty-heavy New York lineup.

MEDICAL WATCH:

RHP Danys Baez (ligament-transplant surgery, right elbow) seems fully recovered and will factor into the Orioles bullpen. He'll be more of a long reliever than a short, power arm.

LHP Rich Hill (left elbow soreness) went on the 15-day disabled list March 29. He might return in mid-April.

LHP John Parrish (small tear in left shoulder) will not pitch in 2009. He was in camp on a minor league contract.

ROTATION:

1. RHP Jeremy Guthrie

2. RHP Koji Uehara

3. RHP Alfredo Simon

4. LHP Mark Hendrickson

BULLPEN:

LHP George Sherrill (closer)

RHP Chris Ray

RHP Jim Johnson

RHP Dennis Sarfate

LHP Jamie Walker

RHP Matt Albers

RHP Danys Baez

RHP Brian Bass

LINEUP:

1. 2B Brian Roberts

2. CF Adam Jones

3. RF Nick Markakis

4. 1B Aubrey Huff

5. 3B Melvin Mora

6. DH Luke Scott

7. C Gregg Zaun

8. LF Felix Pie

9. SS Cesar Izturis

RESERVES:

1B/3B Ty Wiggington

C Chad Moeller

INF/OF Ryan Freel

INF Robert Andino


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 8, 2009

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