Orioles @ Angels Game 1

Greetings from Anaheim, where the Orioles will continue their three-city road trip out West with three games against the Angels.

*The Orioles added pitcher Bud Norris from the Minor Leagues to make Monday’s start against the Angels and optioned Steve Clevenger back to Triple-A Norfolk to clear a roster spot.

Norris was sent down to Double-A Bowie to stay on a schedule during the All-Star Break with Clevenger recalled on July 11 to give the Orioles a third catcher and another left-handed bat off the bench. Clevenger got just one at-bat during his time with the Orioles and was twice used as a late-game replacement. The Orioles Opening Day backup catcher, Clevenger was the odd man out when the O’s made a trade for Nick Hundley from San Diego in late May.

The Orioles will have to make another roster move on Tuesday to clear a spot for Miguel Gonzalez, who was also optioned to make a start in the Minor Leagues over the break. Manager Buck Showalter said the team was monitoring an injury to a pitcher on Monday and if that turned up OK, they would likely option a bullpen arm to make room for Gonzalez.

*In other minor injury news, Brian Matusz was unavailable the first two games of the Oakland series because he hurt his finger during Thursday’s workout. Showalter described it as a minor thing that happened in the weight room and Matusz pitched on Sunday with no issues.

*Ubaldo Jimenez (right ankle) will throw a bullpen on either Tuesday or Wednesday with the Orioles targeting the end of the week for him to make a rehab start. Jimenez was originally slated to throw in a rehab game midweek but he was favoring his ankle to much from the windup in his last bullpen session.

*Baltimore is among the teams who are in attendance in Philadelphia tonight and the Orioles have definitely discussed the possibility of trading for A.J. Burnett, MLB.com has confirmed. The O’s are also looking to upgrade their bullpen and are casting a pretty wide net right now, meaning a lot of names will be coming up in the next week-and-a-half or so leading up to the Trade Deadline. Stay tuned.

Here are your lineups…

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

Bud Norris RHP

Kole Calhoun RF
Mike Trout CF
Albert Pujols 1B
Josh Hamilton DH
Howie Kendrick 2B
David Freese 3B
Efren Navarro LF
Hank Conger C
John McDonald SS
Matt Shoemaker RHP

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