Orioles vs Blue Jays lineups & pregame notes

*Orioles designated hitter Jim Thome (herniated disk in neck) could potentially get a second epidural injection in his neck. Thome, who has tried to swing, is still dealing with some weakness in his lat and the O’s are hoping that will clear the last bit of soreness out of there, if he does get it done.

*Troy Patton could pick up a ball for the first time since hitting the disabled list on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to manager Buck Showalter. Patton has been progressing slower than initially expected from a right ankle sprain.

*Wilson Betemit is expected to head north to avoid the storm coming into Florida and will either be with the Orioles or Double-A Bowie to get some swings outside. Betemit isn’t expected to go out on a rehab assignment until Tuesday or Wednesday.

*Miguel Gonzalez, who is getting a few extra days rest between starts, will be available as the long man tonight if needed. Gonzalez is slated to throw a bullpen today and will hold off on that in case he’s called on to pitch. If he’s not used in the game he will just throw a BP after.

*The Orioles need starters for Wednesday and Thursday with Zach Britton eligible to make either one of those. Another option? Jake Arrieta, who Showalter said had been throwing better down in Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles would need to add Arrieta to the active roster by Aug. 31 to have him eligible for the playoffs, but there’s a loophole that can allow them to add player later if they are replacing him with a player on the disabled list.

In theory, all of the O’s on the DL are eligible for postseason play. So Arrieta, Dylan Bundy, whoever could come up after Sept. 1 and be eligible for the playoffs if they take the spot of a DL’ed guy, say Brian Roberts or Tsuyoshi Wada.  It’s an interesting rule and the Orioles currently have nine players on the disabled list, and some of those are much closer to a return than others.

Speaking of Bundy as a possible September callup, I blogged about that earlier today and you can read it here.

Rajai Davis LF
Mike McCoy CF
Jose Bautista CF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Kelly Johnson 2B
Yunel Escobar SS
Moises Sierra DH
Omar Vizquel 3B
Jeff Mathis C

Brandon Morrow RHP

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

Steve Johnson RHP


Britt, is Quintanilla hurt?

No. Flaherty was swinging well at Triple-A and Buck liked what he saw last night so he’s going with him again tonight.

Hm, I have mixed feeling about that, Quintanilla has played so well since he came to Bmore. Thanks for the response.

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