06/16/12 1:48 AM ET
Matusz starts Friday vs. Braves on extra rest
Pitcher suffered nose contusion during batting practice
By Teddy Cahill / MLB.com
With the three-game Interleague series against the Braves being played under National League rules, Matusz and the rest of the Orioles' pitchers will have to bat throughout the weekend. Manager Buck Showalter said it is not something he is looking forward to.
"I can't imagine somebody was at home here in the Atlanta area trying to decide if they were coming out here tonight or not and said, 'Boy, I want to go see Brian Matusz hit tonight,'" Showalter said. "Unless they're a little bit of a masochist."
After Friday's 4-2 loss, the Orioles have played four Interleague road games this season. In those four games, Orioles pitchers are 0-for-9 with eight strikeouts. Matusz went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Friday, but became the first Baltimore pitcher to not strikeout or sacrifice bunt this season when he grounded into a fielder's choice to end the second inning.
Reimold has MRI on herniated disk in spine
ATLANTA -- Results from the MRI Nolan Reimold underwent Thursday to examine his neck showed the herniated disk in his cervical spine has shrunk. But because the outfielder continues to have discomfort in the affected area, manager Buck Showalter said Reimold will visit a neurosurgeon.
Showalter said the Orioles hope to get the neurosurgeon's report Monday.
"It's time to find out what we're dealing with," Showalter said.
Reimold has been on the disabled list since May 4 because of the injury. He hit .313 with a .627 slugging percentage in 67 at-bats before he experienced a tingling feeling in his fingers and was diagnosed with the herniated disk.
Showalter said trainer Richard Bancells said it can sometimes take some time after the bulging in the disk is relieved for a player to return to full strength. Showalter remains hopeful the neurosurgeon will come up with the same explanation as Bancells for Reimold's on-going symptoms.
"Just trying to identify why -- if that disk has shrunk and the pain is gone -- why he's not getting complete strength back," Showalter said.
Davis starts in outfield for first time in bigs
ATLANTA -- Chris Davis, who has split time between first base and designated hitter this season, made his Major League debut in the outfield in Friday night's series opener against the Braves.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter noted Davis has played the outfield in 54 Minor League games, though all but two have been in left field. Showalter said Davis told him he feels better in right field than left field.
"I'm not going to say outfield's the outfield, but his arm plays better in right field," Showalter said.
Davis played 17 games in left field last year in Double-A Round Rock when he was still a part of the Rangers organization. He last played right field in 2006 in short-season Class A Spokane.
Davis has served as the DH in each of the Orioles' last 11 games. But with Baltimore making the trip to Atlanta as a part of Interleague Play, Showalter is forced to be creative to keep Davis in the lineup. He is hitting .308 with 12 home runs this season.
"It's one of those things Interleague Play forces you to do," Showalter said. "When they're swinging the bat well you've got to figure out how to get them in the game.
"There's a lot of things you've got to do differently to adjust."
Teddy Cahill is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.