05/14/09 12:18 AM ET
Reimold recalled to spell injured O's
Baltimore (14-20) at Kansas City (18-16), 8:10 p.m. ET
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
"To be honest with you, I haven't thought that far ahead," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said when asked about Reimold's role. "I think it depends on the status of Jones and Scott. Obviously, if they can't play, he's going to be in the lineup. I'll know more about where those guys are at tomorrow."
Jones tweaked his right hamstring Wednesday night and is considered day-to-day, while Scott jarred his left shoulder over the weekend and is expected to return soon. Reimold, a former second-round Draft pick, gives the Orioles insurance in case neither outfielder is able to return as quickly as expected.
Baltimore optioned reliever Bob McCrory to make room for Reimold, who has taken the International League by storm. The right-handed hitter broke out last season by hitting 25 home runs for Double-A Bowie and turned some heads in Spring Training, but the Orioles didn't want to promote him until they knew they could play him.
The Orioles went 4-3 on their current homestand and will be heading out for one of their longest trips of the season. Baltimore will start with a four-game series in Kansas City, and after that, will travel to play both the Yankees and the Nationals on the road. As of now, Baltimore is 11-11 at home and 3-9 on the road.
"When you play well or when you play poorly, it comes down to either taking advantage of the opportunities that you have or not taking advantage," said Trembley. "It's still early in the season, and obviously going to Kansas City -- a team that has played exceptionally well and has shown tremendous starting pitching -- would be a test for us. I think everybody's looking forward to going to the new Yankee Stadium and then the Interleague games against the Nationals. It's a big test for us. I'm confident we'll be prepared and ready to play better."
Baltimore will have the business end of its rotation cued up for Kansas City, with Jeremy Guthrie lined up to start the opener and Koji Uehara on track for the third game of the series. The Orioles may also elect to make another roster move at some point, activating Rich Hill from the disabled list to assume a rotation slot.Pitching matchup
BAL: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-3, 4.97 ERA)
Guthrie won his first two starts and hasn't earned a victory since, but he's seen some promising signs in his last two starts. The right-hander was able to work to a complete-game loss against Toronto, and he settled down after a first-inning home run against the Yankees on Friday. Guthrie has seen his velocity ratchet back to his normally high level and may just be beginning to round into form. KC: RHP Gil Meche (2-3, 4.43 ERA)
Meche pitched well enough to win at Anaheim on Friday night and should have escaped with two runs allowed, except a missed fly ball in right field turned into a two-run inside-the-park homer. That's the only homer charged against him in seven starts this year. The good news was that Meche fired 120 pitches without having any recurrence of the back problems that have haunted him off and on since early in Spring Training. Bird bites
Baltimore has allowed double-digit hit totals in 22 of 34 games this season. The Orioles are 6-16 in those circumstances -- 4-10 at home and 2-6 on the road. ...Ty Wigginton had a season-high three hits on Wednesday night. ...The Orioles are 2-10 in series finales this season. Baltimore is also 10-1 when it outhits its opponents and 2-17 when it gets outhit. The Orioles are 10-9 when they score first and 14-9 when they score four or more runs, but they're 4-11 when their opponent scores first and 0-11 when they score fewer than four runs. ... Tickets
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Friday: Orioles (Adam Eaton, 2-3, 7.18) at Royals (Zack Greinke, 6-1, 0.51), 8:10 p.m. ET
Saturday: Orioles (Koji Uehara, 2-3, 4.01) at Royals (Kyle Davies, 2-1, 5.22), 7:10 p.m. ET
Sunday: Orioles (Mark Hendrickson, 1-4, 6.35) at Royals (Luke Hochevar, 0-1, 36.00), 2:10 p.m. ET
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.