Guthrie Is Confident About Start
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.