Orioles vs. Rays home finale

Greetings from Tropicana Field, where the Orioles will play their final “home” game here against the Rays. J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty, who are both with the team, will head to Double-A Bowie after this to begin their rehab assignment on Monday. The hope is the two can rejoin the team this weekend in New York. Flaherty is eligible to come off the DL on Friday and that’s looking like it will be the case, while Hardy has missed much more time and the team will wait and see how he feels after the first few games.

It will be interesting to see what roster moves the Orioles make to add both guys. Rey Navarro seems like an obvious choice, but the second roster spot isn’t quite as clear. Jimmy Paredes is on an offensive tear and out of options. Do the O’s go short a pitcher and pull the plug on Rule 5 draft pick Jason Garcia? Do they pull off a deal? Should be interesting.

Catcher Matt Wieters, who is rehabbing back from Tommy John surgery, addressed the media today and said he’s still on an every other day catching schedule in extended spring. Wieters caught five innings yesterday and the biggest issue is still recovery in between games. He has a little elbow soreness and is trying to be smart with things. The safe bet is he won’t go out on rehab assignment until he can catch back-to-back. Wieters has been here the whole series, watching games in the dugout.

Wesley Wright will throw a game in extended spring on May 19.

RAYS LINEUP

Brandon Guyer LF
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Logan Forsythe 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Joey Butler DH
James Loney 1B
Tim Beckham SS
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Rene Rivera C

Nathan Karns RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Steve Pearce 2B
Delmon Young RF
Travis Snider LF
Caleb Joseph C
Everth Cabrera SS

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

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