Notes: Ray coming back from surgery
O's closer won't throw from mound for another two months
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Chris Ray moved from one phase of Spring Training to another on Sunday, when the Orioles shipped him to their Minor League facility in Sarasota, Fla. Ray, who's rehabbing from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow, is expected to miss most or all of the season, and won't throw from a mound for another two months.
"It's pretty much the same schedule that I'm on here, just a little different location," Ray said of the shift. "It gets a little busy here once the games start. I might as well get throwing with the guys down there so I get more accustomed to it."
Ray, who had his surgery last August, has been restricted to playing catch at 60 feet this spring. He said that the distance will be increased to 90 feet for the start of his throwing program and that he'll slowly build up to mound work. That's a bonus for the erstwhile closer, who's filled out his days with a more demanding workout regimen.
"I have nothing else really to do, so I've been doing a lot of lifting and cardio," he said. "I'm not over-lifting, obviously. You don't want to put pressure on the shoulder after not throwing and taking six months off."
"His attitude has been tremendous," added Baltimore manager Dave Trembley, who will sort between replacement relief options this spring. "I just talked to him before I came out to meet with you gentlemen. He's done everything we've asked him to do. His work ethic is tremendous, and he said he'd see us in Tampa when we go there early in the season."
Ray, who had never had surgery before, said he's still getting used to the time off associated with rehab.
"It's something totally new," he said. "I don't think I'll ever get used to it, but it's getting better. The first six months, it was tough going to therapy every day. But now I can start seeing a little bit of the light, because I can start throwing."
Starting off: Jeremy Guthrie, the prohibitive favorite to be the Opening Day starter for the Orioles, made his first spring appearances on Sunday. The right-hander struggled with his control, but still made it through two innings. Guthrie allowed seven baserunners in his brief stint -- four on hits and one each on a walk, hit batsman and an error.
"You'd like to put up zeroes, but I felt good," said Guthrie, who went 7-5 last season. "I didn't have the results I'd like, but I thought the fastball was down. I located pretty well, for the most part, and was able to throw my changeup. I got ground balls, except Frank Diaz, the two-hole hitter, hit it in the air both times for a base hit. I felt good."
Guthrie said he threw all four of his pitches and got the results he wanted out of them, but he said he's not sure if he's ahead of or behind schedule. He's never come to Spring Training with a guaranteed rotation slot before, so he's still not sure exactly how to go about his business. Last year, Guthrie was fighting for a long-relief job in Spring Training.
The former first-round Draft pick said that the two-inning stint equaled his longest spring outing, and he's not sure how things will progress for the rest of the Grapefruit League season. When asked about the possibility of starting on Opening Day, Guthrie acknowledged the possibility but said it wasn't really something he deems important.
"It wouldn't mean so much to me, but it's somewhat of an honor," he said. "It means the people making the decisions have confidence in you to put you out there in the first game of the season. It's nice to get off on a good foot."
Trembley wouldn't tip his hand on his Opening Day choice, but it's believed it will come down to Guthrie or Adam Loewen. Trembley did say, however, that he already has his choice in mind.
Moore or less: Scott Moore, who homered and doubled in Baltimore's 4-1 win on Saturday, came through again on Sunday. Moore doubled in the tying run and scored the winning run in his team's 11-10 win over Washington. Moore, whose primary position is third base, is attempting to round out his resume by playing second base and the outfield.
"He's making some things interesting for all of us," said Trembley. "He was on that back field after everyone left this morning and went to lunch with [infield instructor] Juan Samuel working at second base. The guy's got the right idea and he's going about it the right way. I think he's getting some attention from a lot of us."
Typos: Matt Wieters, the fifth overall pick in the '07 First-Year Player Draft, was misidentified in two consecutive at-bats at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. The first one misspelled his last name, and the second one called him Scott Wieters. The backstop singled after the latter gaffe and wound up scoring the game-tying run on Moore's double.
Quotable "I really didn't know what to expect. But I felt strong today." -- Guthrie, on his spring
Up next: The Orioles will travel to Vero Beach, Fla., on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET, pitting southpaw Brian Burres against the Dodgers' Chad Billingsley. Matt Albers and Dennis Sarfate are also expected to pitch for the Orioles.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.