Orioles @ Rangers series finale (updated)
Greetings from Arlington, where the Orioles will take on the Rangers to end a 11-day, 10-game road trip.
*Miguel Gonzalez got pretty favorable results on Wednesday’s MRI, with the results negative for any serious injury and showing just some swelling and perhaps a slight pull. Gonzalez will play catch on Friday and is hoping he can avoid the disabled list.
“Tuesday morning I woke up, it was really tight,” Gonzalez said of the injury. “Couldn’t even get out of bed, but gradually it’s a lot better now, so I’m happy.”
Gonzalez, who last pitched on Friday, estimated he’s about 90 percent and said the next 24 hours are really important in determining if he will go on the DL.
It’s very tough to imagine a scenario in which Gonzalez would be able to start on Saturday and the O’s will have Kevin Gausman join them in Baltimore as well. T.J. McFarland is another option to get the start.
*Tommy Hunter threw a simulated game this afternoon, going two innings and covering first base, and he will head to Delmarva to pitch an inning on Saturday. The plan is for Hunter to be activated for Sunday’s Orioles game.
*Matt Wieters threw pre game for the fourth time since hitting the disabled list.
*Rule 5 Draft pick Michael Almanzar (knee) started baseball activities and has also been doing some pool conditioning.
*Steve Johnson (shoulder inflammation) will start light toss today, while Henry Urrutia (sports hernia) is slated to start running on Friday.
*With the Orioles getting in early this morning to Baltimore –following a night flight out of Texas- Showalter has a mandate that no players arrive before 4 p.m. on Friday. The team will not take batting practice on the field it sounds like, with only guys who are getting treatment coming in any earlier.
Here are your lineups…
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Nelson Cruz DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Jonathan Schoop 2B
David Lough LF
Caleb Joseph C
Chris Tillman RHP
Shin-Soo Choo LF
Elvis Andrus SS
Mitch Moreland 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Alex Rios DH
Chris Gimenez C
Leonys Martin CF
Michael Choice RF
Rougned Odor 2B
Colby Lewis RHP