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Updates on Gausman, Norris

Orioles righty Kevin Gausman is preparing as if he’s making another start for Baltimore and all indications are that he will. The O’s have Miguel Gonzalez listed as Sunday’s starter –which would be Bud Norris’ spot– and Norris was again available out of the bullpen on Friday with nothing imminent on when, or if, he will make another start.

“He could [get another start],” O’s manager Buck Showalter said of Norris, who has a 6.79 ERA in 11 starts. “It would benefit the team for to [do] a lot of different things. He’s already contributed and he will again. We’ll see what each day brings and how we can best win a baseball game that night. But we’d like to stay at seven pitchers down there as long as we can.”

Showalter said Norris –who hit the disabled list with illness earlier this year– has been under the weather and he would be available in relief only if he checked out OK Friday evening by a doctor. The righty, coming off a career year, has struggled to regain any kind of consistency while Gausman pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings in Thursday’s spot start against Texas.

“I think I’ve shown that I can pitch at this level,” said Gausman, who has been on a back-and-forth shuttle between Triple-A and the Majors and has not made consecutive starts since last September.  “Whether it’s in the rotation or out of the bullpen that’s up to them. But I think I’ve shown if I can pitch every fifth day, I’m pretty comfortable in my abilities. I’m still learning. I’m still learning at this level. I think I only have 170 innings in the big leagues so far. Still relatively low, especially for how much time I’ve had in the big leagues. It’s all about going out there and competing and I feel pretty comfortable right now.”

Showalter wouldn’t commit either way to a rotation beyond Gonzalez on Sunday, though he did admit that a decision looms.

“We have some options there and we’ll see how the smoke settles,” he said.

“But [Gausman is] here for a reason, to pitch.  I told y’all that he controls it. He pitched well and we want to continue to give him innings, either here or in Norfolk, to make sure he has enough. He did pretty good, didn’t he?”

Orioles @ White Sox lineups

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Nolan Reimold LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters DH
Chris Davis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Steve Pearce 1B
Caleb Joseph C
Ryan Flaherty 2B

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

WHITE SOX LINEUP
Adam Eaton CF
Jose Abreu 1B
Melky Cabrera LF
Adam LaRoche DH
Avisail Garcia RF
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Alexei Ramirez SS
Tyler Flowers C
Carlos Sanchez 2B

John Danks LHP

Orioles vs. Rangers, Wilson here

The Orioles will recalled right-handed pitcher Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk to help add some length to their bullpen. The move to make space has yet to be announced though it sounds as if it will be a position player, likely one of their extra outfielders.

One outfielder who appears to be safe is Nolan Reimold, who will go on paternity leave and miss Monday-Wednesday. The team can add any player during that time he is away. One option is Jonathan Schoop, who will continue his rehab tomorrow for Class-A Fredrick. Schoop’s rehab assignment ends after Friday’s game, but he could be optioned or agree to extend it another five days.

Here are your lineups…

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis RF
Chris Parmelee 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Travis Snider LF
Caleb Joseph C
Ryan Flaherty 2B

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

RANGERS LINEUP

Hanser Alberto 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Prince Fielder DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Mitch Moreland 1B
Ryan Rua LF
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Robinson Chirinos C
Leonys Martin CF

Nick Martinez RHP

Schoop update

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop continues to work out in Baltimore with the Orioles and will likely finish up his rehab assignment at nearby Class-A Frederick.

O’s manager Buck Showalter said Schoop will play “a couple days” for Frederick and probably won’t start that portion of his rehab until Thursday. Schoop has been sidelined since mid-April with a right knee injury and his pending return presents a bit of a roster crunch.

“He can be optioned to a lot of [affiliates] there for us,” Showalter said. “Jonathan will benefit from every day he can get, keeping that knee that much stronger, it’s a pretty significant injury. But we feel like Jon if we had to could be activated, but he’d also benefit from playing in the Minor Leagues.”

Orioles vs. Rangers Game 2

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis RF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Parmelee 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Travis Snider LF
Ryan Flaherty 2B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

Orioles vs. Rangers Game 1 (updated)

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will play the Rangers for the first of a four-game series before going on the road. Jonathan Schoop is here and took some infield, but is not expected to be activated tonight. He could go Triple-A Norfolk to continue his rehab assignment, but there’s not really a rush as the O’s are going to have a make roster move.

There will be a move on Thursday as the Orioles need a starter and Kevin Gausman is going to get the ball for that. He will likely only be up for one start, but a lot can happen in a few days.

Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy has been shut down from throwing with nothing imminent on his return. He’s had some inflammation in his right shoulder and hasn’t pitched in a game since May 21. The O’s aren’t discussing surgery options right now, but manager Buck Showalter said Bundy could be done for the season. The Orioles farm system will also be without fellow first-round pick Matt Hobgood, who will undergo right shoulder surgery sometime around July 6.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Nolan Reimold LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis DH
Delmon Young RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Steve Pearce 1B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Caleb Joseph C

Bud Norris RHP

Orioles Game 2 lineup

Here’s the lineup for the Os, who go for the series (and doubleheader) sweep…

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Chris Parmelee 1B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Chris Davis RF
Matt Wieters C
Travis Snider LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
David Lough CF

Chris Tillman RHP

Os agree to terms with Stewart

BALTIMORE—Baltimore’s first-round Draft pick, Florida State outfielder D.J. Stewart, has agreed to terms with the club, the Orioles officially announced on Sunday.
Stewart, who got full slot value for the 25th overall pick,  gets $2,064,500. He will report to short-season Aberdeen.

Stewart was in Baltimore over the weekend and underwent his physical on Friday. On Saturday, he posted a photo of himself signing a contract on Instagram, thanking his family, friends and coaches at Florida State.

The 2014 ACC Player of the Year projects as a left fielder, helping to fill a void in the Orioles’ farm system that is short on top positional players. This season for the Seminoles — his junior year — Stewart hit .318 with 15 home runs, 59 RBIs, a .500 on-base percentage and 69 walks.

Orioles vs. Indians- Game 1

*Adam Jones is back in the starting lineup today for the Orioles, playing center field for the first time since June 15. It’s his first time in the lineup since June 20. Jones said he’s been pain free in his right shoulder while throwing for the past three days and is obviously very anxious to get back out there. O’s manager Buck Showalter wasn’t sure about his availability for Game 2, they are going to play things by ear.

*T.J. McFarland is here and will be available for Game 2 as the 26th man out of the bullpen. He will be optioned back after the game and this does not impact his current mandatory 10-day stay in the Minors. It’s a loophole that allows him to be here today while continuing to work toward the 10-day timeframe to be eligible to be recalled again. McFarland was optioned to clear a roster spot for Wei-Yin Chen on Friday.

So, why not Kevin Gausman today? The Orioles had held Gausman out of his originally scheduled start on Friday, but decided to keep their pitchers as close as possible to a schedule and went with Chris Tillman and Ubaldo Jimenez to start today. Gausman will not pitch longer than 2-3 innings for Triple-A Norfolk today, so he is an option to start Thursday’s game. Now that Tillman has been pushed back, the O’s will need a starter for that.

And before I get asked if this could deb a permanent thing, Showalter said there are no plans for a six-man rotation right now.

*Jonathan Schoop is here but will not be activated unless there’s an injury. The Os are in no rush to make a roster move and they could send him to Triple-A to continue his rehab assignment.

Here are your Game 1 lineups with Chris Davis in right field again…

INDIANS LINEUP

Jason Kipnis 2B
Francisco Lindor SS
Michael Brantley LF
David Murphy RF
Carlos Santana 1B
Brandon Moss DH
Yan Gomes C
Michael Bourn CF
Giovanny Urshela 3B

Trevor Bauer RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis RF
Steve Pearce LF
Chris Parmelee 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Caleb Joseph C

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

Orioles @ Red Sox Game 3

*Mychal Givens, who made his Major League debut on Wednesday night, has been optioned to Double-A Bowie to clear a roster spot for today’s starter Miguel Gonzalez. Givens made quite the impression here in a short stint and I’ll have more on him later on Orioles.com.

*Adam Jones remains out of the lineup though he’s reportedly feeling a little better each day. Manager Buck Showalter said it’s not a given however that Jones will be back in Friday’s starting lineup.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Chris Parmelee 1B
Nolan Reimold CF
Matt Wieters C
Delmon Young RF
Chris Davis DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Steve Pearce LF
Ryan Flaherty 2B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

RED SOX LINEUP
Mookie Betts CF
Brock Holt 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Mike Napoli 1B
Alejandro De Aza LF
Blake Swihart C
Jackie Bradley Jr. RF

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP

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