BOSTON -- On the heels of Saturday's loss, in which two Orioles players were hit by Red Sox starter John Lackey, Mark Reynolds and Vladimir Guerrero became the latest victims Sunday afternoon, with both players exiting separately but with the same diagnosis: a bruised right hand.
Reynolds and Guerrero were both hit by Red Sox rookie Kyle Weiland, who made his Major League debut, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said initial X-rays were negative.
"So far, so good," Showalter said. "We will keep an ear out the next couple days and see if they progressively get better to tell you that nothing else is going on there. ... We may have dodged a bullet. But for Vlady to come out of a ballgame, he's pretty sore."
Reynolds was plunked with one out in the third and Guerrero was hit with no outs in the fifth, and both players initially stayed in the game before being lifted. Boston, which entered the game leading the Majors in hit batsmen, hit four Orioles in a two-game span, a fact which didn't sit well with Showalter or his club.
"Judging intent, I don't think there was any intent there on [Weiland's] part," said Showalter, who was ejected along with reliever Michael Gonzalez, who threw behind David Ortiz with two outs into the sixth.
"I just know that we got hit four, five times here and it wasn't particularly pleasant. You are looking at Mark Reynolds and Guerrero having broken hands at the time. It looks like we might have dodged the bullet with the initial X-rays, but you know don't know what could show up down the line. It doesn't make you happy, and it's worked out pretty well for them, worked out real well for them the last four games."
Derrek Lee and Nick Markakis were both hit by Lackey on Saturday, and both benches were warned by crew chief Jeff Nelson, who diffused the situation quickly given Friday's benches-clearing melee -- which saw four ejections between the two clubs.
"I know the umpires are trying, I just wish they would have issued the warnings before the game started," Showalter said, "because Lackey should have been thrown out of the game [on Saturday] for hitting Lee. That was intentional as it gets. [It will] be interesting to see if they hand down any punishment for Lackey."
Orioles tentatively set post All-Star break rotation
BOSTON -- The Orioles' rotation after the All-Star break is tentatively scheduled for Jeremy Guthrie, Jake Arrieta and Alfredo Simon for a four-game home series with Cleveland that starts Thursday.
Used primarily out of the bullpen, Simon pitched 4 2/3 innings in Saturday's 4-0 loss, allowing three earned runs on seven hits in matching his longest outing of the season. It was the 30-year-old right-hander's first Major League start in more than two years, and the outing was enough to grant him at least one more shot.
"It was a spot start yesterday, but the plan probably for him is to pitch the third day after the break," manager Buck Showalter said. "It looks like he's going to leave us the following day [to tend to a legal issue in the Dominican Republic], so we'll take it from there. That was kind of the plan, for him to pitch the third day. It fits into our schedule and his schedule."
Mitch Atkins, who started Sunday, is a candidate for the series finale, although the Orioles will sit down over the break and evaluate where they are moving forward. Given the wealth of relievers on the current roster, it's entirely plausible that the club could make a few roster moves.
Luke Scott (right shoulder) will see team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckins on Monday, and the plan is for him to get a cortisone shot in his labrum and aim to return when his 15-day disabled list period is up, which is five days after the break. ... Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. released a statement on Sunday afternoon regarding Yankees captain Derek Jeter notching his the 3,000th hit in Saturday's game against the Rays. "Congratulations to Derek on reaching 3,000 hits and it is no surprise that he did it in dramatic fashion with a home run," the statement read. "Derek is such a large part of the Yankees' very rich history and he has been such a great player for a long time. I am excited to continue to watch him play in the coming years and give all of us baseball fans more wonderful memories." ... Following Sunday's game, catcher Matt Wieters will fly to Phoenix for the All-Star festivities. Wieters was named to his first All-Star Game and entered Sunday the only catcher in baseball who has not been charged with a passed ball. He also leads all MLB catchers in runners caught stealing with 24. ... With his RBI single in the second inning Sunday, Vladimir Guerrero picked up hit number 2,514, tying him with Buddy Bell for 93rd on the all-time hits list. Guerrero is now thee hits shy of trying the next player on the list, Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.
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