Orioles vs. Blue Jays lineups and pregame notes
*Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz is back in the Majors and has been recalled, this time as a reliever. The Orioles on Friday also activated infielder Ryan Flaherty from the 15-day disabled list (tonsil infection) and is slated to start at second base. To make two spots on the 25-man roster, the O’s designated lefty reliever J.C. Romero for assignment and optioned right-handed starter Tommy Hunter.
After going 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA in 16 Major League starts this season, Matusz went 2-1 with a 4.21 ERA in 10 games and six starts with Norfolk.
Romero, whom the O’s traded for earlier this month, gave up four runs in as many innings and five appearances with Baltimore and is contemplating retirement. Hunter gave up eight runs in three innings in his most recent start, Wednesday, in a 12-3 loss to the Rangers. He’s 0-4 in his last seven starts.
*As expected, Steve Johnson will start Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays with Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez both being pushed back an extra two days.
*Jason Hammel threw a 40-pitch, two-inning simulated game at Camden Yards today and he said physically he felt good. Hammel’s mechanics were a bit rusty, which is to be expected, and he will likely pitch another simulated game to build back up his pitch count before being sent out on a rehab start.
*Wilson Betemit is expected to start swinging a bat on Monday and could go out on a rehab assignment on Tuesday or Wednesday. Jim Thome and Troy Patton aren’t close to a return, according to manager Buck Showalter.
*Asked about September callups, Showalter danced around the subject of top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy but made it pretty clear that the organization will do whatever necessary to give them a boost for the playoff push. Bundy, 19, is in Double-A currently with his third Minor League affiliate. My guess remains that he’s up with the Orioles this year so long as the team remains in playoff contention.
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nate McLouth LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Manny Machado 3B
Zach Britton LHP
BLUE JAYS LINEUP