Orioles @ Rays lineups and pregame notes

*Steve Johnson has a slight strain in his left oblique, an MRI taken last week revealed. Johnson was placed on the disabled list on Thursday and is currently rehabbing in Sarasota, Fla.

*Dylan Bundy will start a throwing program tomorrow and manager Buck Showalter said he planned on reaching out to Bundy, who has been sidelined with right flexor mass tightness, which is essentially the forearm/elbow area. Bundy was shut down after being prescribed a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection by Dr. James Andrews last month. The plan for the first day is for Bundy to throw 25 times from 60 feet.

*Zach Britton allowed two runs over seven innings for Triple-A Norfolk last night in what Showalter relayed was reported to be his best start of the year. Britton has pitched well his last few outings –with quality starts in three of his last four– and right now looks like a leading candidate should the Orioles need another starter. It will be interesting to see how Jake Arrieta does later tonight.

*Pedro Strop went a scoreless inning in his first appearance off the DL last night, which Showalter said was good to see.

“There’s a lot of things you work on, and when they’re healthy to do it, and if he can just repeat it. Sometimes the emotions get in the way of the mechanics,” Showalter said. “It was a good first step for him. I know he felt good about it. Was a positive out of the game yesterday. It’s not like Pete hasn’t pitched any good innings out of the bullpen for us this year, it’s just he hasn’t been as consistent as he was last year. That’s a good start. We will see where it takes us.”

*Triple-A Norfolk’s Jair Jurrjens, who missed yesterday’s scheduled start due to a right thumb injury, threw this morning from 90 feet “symptom free”. He didn’t throw any offspeed stuff, just fastballs.

*Showalter is also looking forward to seeing Tsuyoshi Wada pitch again on Tuesday for Triple-A Norfolk. Wada, who has been on rehab assignment with Norfolk is coming off his best outing and Showalter was hoping he could “carry over the crispness” from June 6. Wada, who made his first start May 16, has about a week before the club has to make a decision on adding him to the active roster. He would have to approve an assignment to the Minor Leagues because of the way his contract is structured.

“I think on the calendar we do [have a week],” Showalter said. “There are other ways to make that work. Be up to him though.”

Here are your lineups as the Orioles try to avoid a series sweep…
ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Danny Valencia DH
Steve Pearce LF
Alexi Casilla 2B

Chris Tillman RHP

RAYS LINEUP
Matt Joyce RF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Kelly Johnson LF
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Desmond Jennings CF
Ryan Roberts 3B
Jose Molina C
Yunel Escobar SS

Matt Moore LHP

1 Comment

Once again matusz comes in gets. An 0-2 count anx serves up a meatball. We always taught little leaguers that u never give a good pit h to hit in an 0-2 count but not thsse O’s pitchers. Non e of them. Is this coming from the coaches or are they that bad? Please enlighten me

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