Orioles @ Astros, Civil Rights Game (Wieters update)

Greetings from Minute Maid Park, where the Orioles will take on the Houston Astros in the Civil Rights Game.

*Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was just out on the field playing catch with assistant athletic trainer Brian Ebel watching. Wieters was only out here a few minutes and threw to bench coach John Russell and said he threw 25 times and his elbow felt good.

It marked the first time he’s thrown in more than three weeks as the catcher is currently on the disabled list with right elbow discomfort.

Manager Buck Showalter said yesterday he wouldn’t take much out of today’s session, just talk to Wieters and Ebel and wait until Wieters is out there a few times before assessing. Wieters will take Saturday off before playing catch again on Sunday and said he will stick with an every other day plan for now.

*There are lots of things going on today with this afternoon’s Civil Rights game luncheon (which you can read about here) and George Foreman is throwing out the first pitch. Singer Aloe Blacc, who performed at the luncheon, will also sing tonight.

Showalter took some time today pre game to talk about his father and how he helped the Florida schools integrate. Showalter’s father, the late William Nathaniel II, also used to take him as a teenager to play what was then an African-American League for better competition.

*The Orioles are optimistic Johan Santana will extend the opt-out clause in his contract, which is June 1. Luis Ayala has not opted out yet, but it’s headed that way. Ayala is currently at Double-A Bowie.

ASTROS LINEUP
Jose Altuve 2B
George Springer RF
Dexter Fowler CF
Jason Castro C
Matt Dominguez 3B
Chris Carter 1B
Alex Presley DH
Robbie Grossman LF
Jonathan Villar SS

Brett Oberholtzer SP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce LF
Nelson Cruz DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Manny Machado 3B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

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