Orioles vs. Rockies lineups and pregame notes (Hardy scratched)

*shortstop J.J. Hardy was a late scratch from tonight’s lineup, after batting practice, with back spasms and is listed as day-to-day. Ryan Flaherty is now at shortstop, moving from designated hitter, with Steve Pearce serving as DH. The O’s bench, assuming Hardy is unavailable, would be really short tonight in catcher Taylor Teagarden and infielder Alexi Casilla.

*The Orioles have recalled Josh Stinson from Triple-A Norfolk to help out the bullpen and he takes the roster spot vacated by designated hitter Henry Urrutia. Urrutia will go back to Triple-A Norfolk to get some consistent at-bats and he’ll likely get some playing time back in the outfield as well.

Stinson, who was held out of his work day in Norfolk, gives the ‘pen some length if needed behind starter Bud Norris. The O’s will also stay away from using Francisco Rodriguez, who left last night’s game with a right groin strain and is hoping to avoid the disabled list.

*Wilson Betemit’s rehab schedule is mapped out through Aug. 25 and manager Buck Showalter said it’s hard to handicap whether he’ll be ready to rejoin the big league club after that or not. Betemit has not played yet this season.

*Kevin Gausman, who had his start pushed back due to some minor soreness, will start for Triple-A Norfolk on Monday.

*Nick Markakis was out early working with special instructor Terry Crowley and hitting coach Jim Presley as he tries to get out of his recent slump. Markakis is hitting fifth again, with Chris Davis third, and Showalter said it’s a way to take some of the pressure off Markakis.

*The listed starters for the next four days are: Scott Feldman, Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez and Wei-Yin Chen.

Here are your lineups as the Orioles try to snap a four-game losing streak…
Dexter Fowler CF
Corey Dickerson LF
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Michael Cuddyer DH
Wilkin Rosario
Todd Helton 1B
Nolan Arenado 3B
Charlie Blackmon RF
Jonathan Herrera 2B

Chad Bettis RHP

Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Steve Pearce DH
Ryan Flaherty SS
Brian Roberts 2B

Bud Norris RHP

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