Tigers vs. Orioles

After Jason Hammel’s ejection in the fourth inning yesterday, TJ McFarland and Troy Patton spared the bullpen a little bit. But there’s still some pressure on rookie Kevin Gausman to go deeper into today’s game against one of the top offensive lineups in the Majors.

*Taylor Teagarden (dislocated left thumb) caught eight innings yesterday at Triple-A Norfolk and went 0-for-4. Manager Buck Showalter said the plan is for him to DH today and then reassess his health. He’ll bat third today and he could be close to being recalled by the Orioles.

*Reliever Pedro Strop (strained lower back) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Tuesday. He’ll have a workout day on Wednesday, at which point the team could decide whether to reactivate him from the 15-day disabled list or send him to a minor league affiliate for a rehab assignment. He’s eligible to return  Saturday, June 8.

*Nolan Reimold (strained right hamstring) will likely not travel on the road trip with the team to Houston and Tampa Bay. Showalter said he’s close to full health and would begin a rehab assignment if he gets to 100 percent while the Orioles are on the road.

*No real health update on Wei-Yin Chen (strained oblique), who reported being pain free for the first time the other day. He was scheduled to jog in the pool yesterday, and he could be back within the month, Showalter said. But there’s a very loose time table on his return because he hasn’t thrown a ball yet. Showalter said he hopes Chen will get to a mound in the next couple days, which would make a mid-June return possible.

*The Orioles have two affiliates in the Dominican Summer League this season, which began action yesterday.

And here are the lineups:

Detroit Tigers
Andy Dirks LF
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Ramon Santiago 2B
Avisail Garcia CF

Rick Porcell RHP

Baltimore Orioles
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Chris Dickerson DH
JJ Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Chris Snyder C

Kevin Gausman RHP

Posted by Derek Wetmore

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