Guthrie Is Con­fi­dent About Start

The Washington Post Sunday - - Wizards Insider - By Jorge Aran­gure Jr.

BAL­TI­MORE, April 14 — Ori­oles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, who is sched­uled to start Sun­day’s game against the Kansas City Roy­als, cred­its pitch­ing coach Leo Maz­zone for help­ing him re­gain his con­fi­dence af­ter Guthrie was claimed off waivers this off­sea­son from the Cleve­land In­di­ans.

“Leo in­stills a lot of con­fi­dence in me in just the things he says and his ex­pe­ri­ence and track record, let alone all the knowl­edge he has,” Guthrie said. “I’ve en­joyed work­ing with him. I think I’ve been more con­sis­tent this year, more than I have in the past. I’m go­ing to re­mem­ber those lit­tle things, those tid­bits that he gives you when you’re throw­ing sides that can help you fo­cus in on what you need to work on.”

Guthrie, who is the team’s long reliever, wel­comed the op­por­tu­nity to start af­ter Jaret Wright com­plained of a sore shoul­der. Guthrie was drafted out of Stan­ford by the In­di­ans as a starter.

“That’s ob­vi­ously what I would love to do and hope­fully I can take ad­van­tage of it and help the team win. I said ear­lier Jaret pitched a great game that last game and hope­fully I can be there like that.”

Guthrie is ex­pected to start two games, and per­haps not even that many should rain wash out Sun­day’s se­ries finale against the Roy­als.

Her­nan­dez Makes Progress

Ori­oles Man­ager Sam Per­lozzo said catcher Ra­mon Her­nan­dez (strained left oblique) hit off a tee on Satur­day and was ex­pected to do the same on Sun­day. If all goes well, Her­nan­dez will take bat­ting prac­tice with the team on Mon­day in St. Petersburg, Fla., and could be ac­ti­vated a day or two af­ter that.

Per­lozzo also pre­dicted out­fielder Jay Pay­ton (strained left ham­string) could re­join the team on Fri­day at home against the Blue Jays. Wright threw on flat ground dur­ing bat­ting prac­tice.

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