Pregame Showalter

Jeremy Guthrie said his fever spiked at 103 degrees over the weekend.

"Just a tick below my fastball," he said.

Glad to see he hasn't lost his sense of humor.

Guthrie is playing catch again today and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session tomorrow. The Orioles will have to determine afterward whether he's able to make Sunday's start, because they would need time to bring up his replacement from Triple-A Norfolk.

One option is to push back Guthrie until Tuesday in New York.

An early exit by Chris Tillman tonight, following Brad Bergesen's 3 2/3 innings last night, would eliminate any chance of a reliever making Sunday's start.

We're still waiting for a possible lineup change, with Luke Scott replacing Felix Pie in left field.

"He looks pretty close," manager Buck Showalter said. "We'll see how he feels moving around on the field today. We want to get to the point where he's not guarded with it or trying to do something to keep from hurting. I really don't want to have him running around left field where he's not able to go 100 percent."

Showalter noted that Justin Duchscherer threw from 90 feet today "with no complaints."

Duchscherer underwent an ablation on his lower back today in Clearwater - a procedure that heats up the nerve endings and decreases the pain.

Duchscherer could be shut down for four or five days.

Showalter said the chances of Duchscherer pitching for the Orioles haven't changed since spring training.

"I think it's about the same," he said. "I think we certainly came into it looking through clear glasses about some of the challenges he's had and hoping that he can get that to the point where he can manage it for a season. We still hold out that hope. I think we'll know a little bit better about what we're dealing with when we go through this line of procedures, so to speak. We still hold out hope, but we knew we were willing to take the risk, especially with the risk we had to take."

Brian Matusz will head to Twins Lakes Park Monday to start his throwing program in Sarasota.

"If he owes you any money, get him," Showalter quipped.

"He felt real good. Today's the first day he didn't feel anything. That's a good sign. You just don't want him getting too quick."

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