Orioles at Astros- Johnson to DL

*The Orioles placed Steve Johnson on the disabled list today with a left oblique strain and have recalled outfielder Xavier Avery to take his place on the active roster. The move gives the team another outfielder until they get Nick Markakis –who is at his grandmother’s funeral– back on Friday. Johnson felt the injury for the first time while warming up in last night’s game and he will travel with the team to Florida tonight, heading to Sarasota for an MRI tomorrow.

Johnson said he wasn’t any better this morning and it’s not an injury he can pitch with as he had trouble finishing his pitches last night and allowed two homers over 2 1/3 innings.

Avery on paper is a “quick in and out” move, according to manager Buck Showalter, who had a short bench last night with no Markakis. The team wouldn’t have had Johnson available to pitch today anyways, and they could add another pitcher before the Tampa series starts.

*Pedro Strop is expected to be a player for the team on Saturday, which is the first day he’s eligible to come off the disabled list. The right-hander hasn’t had any issues with his lower back and is slated to throw an inning in extended spring –weather permitting– this afternoon. Strop will meet the team in St. Pete on Friday.

Here are your lineups..
ORIOLES LINEUP
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Dickerson RF
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Taylor Teagarden C

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

ASTROS LINEUP
Brandon Barnes CF
Jimmy Paredes RF
Jason Castro C
J.D. Martinez LF
Carlos Pena DH
Chris Carter 1B
Ronny Cedeno SS
Matt Dominguez 3B
Marwin Gonzalez 2B

Bud Norris RHP

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