More pregame notes

*Chris Davis returned to the Orioles clubhouse on Tuesday, as the first baseman was activated from the paternity list a day early to rejoin the team in Milwaukee.

“I wanted to make sure it was OK with Jill first that I came back,” Davis said of his wife, who gave birth to a baby girl at 6:15 p.m. Sunday night. “She knows where my heart is. Even though I’m not there in physical form, I’m still with those guys. It’s hard to stay away. Like I said, we watched both games, and she knows that I get excited when baseball season fires up. She understands. It’s a good thing about having a great wife. She can take care of all the hard stuff when you get to go out and play.”

It is the couple’s first child and Davis, who said he has played baseball before on less sleep, was excited to be back after watching the Orioles previous two games on television.

“You couldn’t have asked for a better process. I think it went about as smoothly as it could have. Jill was a trouper. Like, I said it’s something you don’t get to do every day. It’s something that I’ll never forget and hope that I can do again.”

*Francisco Peguero is not playing in either of Triple-A Norfolk’s games today as the outfielder is dealing with tightness hamstrings. It’s not believed to be a serious issue. The Orioles have to make a decision on him by Thursday as his rehab assignment ends.

*Johan Santana made what could be his final extended spring outing on Tuesday, throwing 76 pitches over 4 1/3 innings. Santana, who has a June 1 opt-out clause in his contract, could begin a rehab assignment if he remains with the organization.

“I know what the people that are watching would like to do,” manager Buck Showalter said, “but whether or not that is the conclusion it comes to that’s up to Dan [Duquette], Johan and probably his agent because I do think he probably has an out … and I know there are other teams watching him throw waiting to see what we are going to do.”

Signed to a Minor League deal this spring, Santana is working his way back from a second shoulder surgery and could also make one more extended start to get stretched out a little more. Should he stay with the Orioles, he would be a rotation option for Baltimore’s inconsistent starting staff.

“I think it’s at the point now either he goes out or he pitches one more time [in extended],” Showalter said. “It’s a matter of when. I’ll let them figure that out, I think he is very close.”

Right-hander Edgmer Escalona (shoulder inflammation) who threw three innings on Tuesday, will go out on a rehab assignment his next time out.    


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