SARASOTA, Fla. – Buck Showalter has been able to keep many of his regulars off the road this spring. J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters haven’t made any trips. Chris Davis, Nate McLouth, and Brian Roberts went to Fort Myers last Tuesday to play Boston.
A week after that trip, Showalter is planning on most of his regulars going to Hammond Stadium to play the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.
“We’re going to be the Griswolds, a family road trip. Some of these guys got to go and get some gray pants,” Showalter said.
Davis, Hardy, McLouth and Roberts will be going. Matt Wieters may go, and if he feels up to it, Markakis may play for the first time since being scratched with back spasms on March 3.
Markakis said he felt better on Monday morning and is nearly ready to play after his second day of batting practice. Showalter said he would be the DH.
Wieters was a maybe, and Showalter seemed doubtful about taking Jones along.
NOTES: A day after straining his lower back, Trayvon Robinson is feeling better. Showalter said he could have played today, but should be ready to play on Tuesday.
-Steve Johnson, who had been scheduled to start on Wednesday night against the Yankees, has been moved back a day due to lower back discomfort. He’ll start Thursday against Tampa Bay. Jair Jurrjens will start in his place.