3/15/2014 5:17 P.M. ET
Yoon delivers scoreless debut for Orioles
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
SARASOTA,Fla. -- Suk-min Yoon had an impressive debut for the Orioles, throwing a scoreless seventh inning in Saturday's 2-1 win over a Yankees split-squad.
"My control was better than expected, but I also feel like my fastball was 2 mph faster than I expected," Yoon, who was in the 89-90-mph range, said through his interpreter.
Yoon said it will take "about 20 days" to be in midseason form, although he wasn't expected to make the team's Opening Day roster anyway. A late offseason signing, Yoon had to leave camp to obtain his work visa by going to Canada, which cost him additional time in making his Grapefruit League debut.
"He's got like five pitches -- fastball curveball, cutter, changeup and a palm ball," catcher Caleb Joseph said. "And Ive caught all of them in the bullpen. He's really consistent with all of them."
Yoon allowed allowed a leadoff single to Ramon Flores before getting a pair of flyouts and a groundout in the 11-pitch outing, eight of which were strikes.
"I knew I'd be nervous, but I pitched nine years in Korea, so overall I wasn't as nervous as I thought I'd be," he said. "I waited a long time to throw, so overall I'm relieved. I've been working hard for this day to come."
Yoon agreed to a three-year, $5.75 million contract with the Orioles earlier this spring and will likely start the season with Triple-A Norfolk. Manager Buck Showalter said Yoon will ideally get some multi-inning appearances before spring is through.
"I thought he threw the ball well, threw it over," Showalter said. "There's a lot of emotion flying around there.
"He presented himself. You think about the whirlwind he's had in his life the past two months."
'Two minutes with ...' O's starter Ubaldo Jimenez
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The "Two minutes with ..." spring series continues with pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, who signed a four-year, $52 million contract this spring that marked the longest deal in Orioles history for a free-agent pitcher. The 30-year-old right-hander has also pitched for the Colorado Rockies and Cleveland Indians.
Favorite food: The Dominican flag: rice, chicken and beans.
Favorite movie: For Love of the Game.
Special talent: I can dance. I learned in my neighborhood. Everybody dances. My favorite is bachata, which is a Dominican kind of dance.
If I wasn't a baseball player I'd be: A doctor (Jimenez's sister is currently in her residency) or in the Air Force.
Favorite offseason place: Home to the Dominican.
Prized possession: I have a picture of my 9-year-old niece, Crisley, that I always put up in my locker. That and the Dominican flag go everywhere with me.
Lough, Casilla out of Orioles' lineup vs. Yanks
SARASOTA, Fla. -- David Lough, a late scratch from Friday's game with a stiff neck, reported that he was feeling better on Saturday after seeing a neurologist, although he was still out of Saturday's lineup along with a late scratch -- Alexi Casilla.
"I know he's going to get some other tests, just to be sure," manager Buck Showalter said of Lough. "I haven't talked to him today, but [head athletic trainer] Richie [Bancells] in the medical report this morning, he said they want to rule out everything before they move forward with it. Right now, he's got a stiff neck. It's better today than it was yesterday from what I understand."
As for Casilla, Showalter told reporters he would be ready to play for Sunday's game in Dunedin. This is the second spring injury for Casilla, who is dealing with a hyperextended left knee sustained earlier this week covering second base on a double play.
"Of course," Casilla said, when asked if he feels pressure to get back and show the team what he can do. "I already missed a lot of games. We don't have many games left, so I have a short period to prove [that]."
Casilla, a non-roster invitee, is 0-for-5 and has played in three games this spring, as he was sidelined with a hamstring injury prior to the knee issue.
• Nick Markakis served as the designated hitter Saturday because he's dealing with a little left shoulder tendinitis. Showalter said he wanted to give Markakis another two days off, with the veteran scheduled to make the team's trip to Clearwater on Monday.
• Catcher Matt Wieters (ankle) took batting practice Friday, but said that his ankle is still a little stiff and the team is playing it safe in giving him an extra couple of days. The plan is for him to play Monday.
• Miguel Gonzalez will start Sunday's game, with Brian Matusz and Kevin Gausman traveling to Monday's road contest and Ubaldo Jimenez starting Monday night's home game.
• Adam Jones is expected to travel to Dunedin for Sunday's game. Jones has been in Baltimore the past four days for the birth of his son.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.