BRADENTON, Fla. — I’ve just been told Ryan Doumit tweaked his right oblique during batting practice this morning, which is why he was scratched from tomorrow’s game against the Rays. Doumit will be re-evaluated in the morning and is listed as day to day.
»»» Joel Hanrahan looked peeved. He didn’t smile. His answers were clipped and to the point. It was only a meaningless spring training game, but Hanny was not happy about being rocked for four runs by the Orioles.
“I was embarrassed for a little bit there,” Hanrahan said. “You give up five hits in a row, it’s not looking too good. I’m not overly concerned about it, but you’ve still got to get people out.”
Manager Clint Hurdle also did not push the panic button. “There wasn’t a downhill plane that you like to see,” Hurdle said. “It is what it is. No major concerns. He got his work in and he’s healthy. He’s got to have better command. If the ball’s up, you get hit. He’s got work to do, just like everybody else.”
Hanrahan is trying this spring to throw more inside fastballs, following pitching coach Ray Searage’s edict to take charge of the plate. Tonight, however, Hanny couldn’t command the ball.
“I threw some good ones,” Hanrahan said. “But I also threw a lot of bad ones. For the most part, the ball was up.”
The first six Orioles to face Hanrahan reached base. Ryan Adams’ wind-blown, two-run homer to right field gave Baltimore a 5-4 lead.
With runners on second and third and none out, the old Hanrahan finally emerged. He struck out the middle of Baltimore’s lineup — Mark Reynolds, Vladimir Guerrero and Jake Fox.
“You try to work on things, but there comes a point when you’ve got to let the competitor take over and get some people out,” Hanrahan said. “I didn’t do that until too late.”
»»» Paul Maholm tonight had his sharpest outing of the spring — four innings, one run, four hits and one strikeout. Maholm was effective using all of his pitches.
“The last two (outings) have been kitchen sink and trying to get outs,” Maholm said. “I’m getting into the rhythm of mixing sequences, reading hitters’ swings and going that way, instead of saying, ‘I’m going to throw a whole bunch inside.’ I understand there still are opportunities in each at-bat to go inside and open up the outer half. Tonight, if I missed it was in and not hittable. I tied up some guys and got some swings and misses with my changeup.”
Maholm also got two 6-4-3 double play balls. In the first inning, Reynolds grounded out on a changeup. In the second, Nolan Reimold rolled out on a sinker. “That’s big for me,” Maholm said. “I’m going to give up some hits. But when I do, I expect to get a ground ball.”