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Baltimore Orioles Roster Report 2009-04-11


Baltimore Orioles Roster Report 2009-04-11
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:

--3B Melvin Mora returned to the lineup Friday after missing Thursday's game because of a sore hamstring. Mora, who was held out of the series finale with the Yankees as a precaution, went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the series opener with Tampa Bay.

--RF Nick Markakis recorded his first outfield assist of the season Friday, throwing out Rays speedster Carl Crawford at third base. Markakis, 25, led the major leagues with 17 outfield assists in 2008. He added his team-best sixth RBI to the winning attack, too.

--LHP Mark Hendrickson told manager Dave Trembley he had nothing left in the tank after his 91-pitch outing Friday. In his first season with the Orioles, Hendrickson scattered six hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings to earn the victory.

--INF/OF Ryan Freel earned his first start with the Orioles Friday, becoming the third player to start in left field. Freel, who followed Luke Scott and Felix Pie as starters in left, went 0-for-3 with a walk.

MEDICAL WATCH:

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 11, 2009

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