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Orioles @ Yankees, Flaherty returns

Greetings from Yankee Stadium, where the O’s will add Ryan Flaherty to the active roster tonight and option Rey Navarro. Nothing has officially been announced yet.

Everth Cabrera had his MRI today and it came back clean on his left foot. He was walking around the clubhouse OK and should be ready as soon as he’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list.

Finally, word out of Norfolk -from the Virginian Pilot- is that T.J. McFarland is on his way to the big league club. No word yet on what that move would be and if the O’s would add him tonight or use today as a taxi squad day for the lefty.

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Miguel Gonzalez RHP
YANKEES LINEUP
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Jose Pirela 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

Adam Warren RHP

Wieters update

NEW YORK— Matt Wieters caught seven innings in an extended spring game on Thursday as he continues to progress toward catching back-to-back.

Wieters will likely take Friday off and manager Buck Showalter said there hasn’t been any setbacks since Wieters started at extended spring.

“He’s had soreness, which is normal,” Showalter said of Wieters, who is rehabbing back from June’s Tommy John surgery. “That’s normal and nothing that’s been in one spot all the time that would be alarming. It’s moved around. It’s not as much as it was, and it’s not often. It’s very normal what goes on in this period. It’s that last step that he’s got to get over before he starts playing [every day].”

Wieters will have to catch back-to-back before going out on rehab assignment and he will essentially have to make up for missing most of Spring Training, meaning he won’t return until at least June. The O’s would like to have him back before the All-Star Break.

Orioles vs. Yankees, Hardy returns

Greetings from Yankee Stadium where the Orioles will be joined by J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty. Flaherty isn’t eligible to come off the disabled list until Friday, but Hardy is in the starting lineup.  Hardy went 4-for-12 with a double and an RBI in three games for Double-A Bowie and said he was OK doing some of the things he was worried about going in.

“Swing and misses, getting fooled on off-speed stuff and letting go with the top hand,” Hardy said of the tests he wanted his left shoulder to pass. “I did that quite a few times, so it was all right.”

Hardy said he will continue to be on a  “pitchers type” of rehab, strengthening the muscles around his shoulder to keep that area healthy. The shortstop, who was hurt at the end of spring, admitted it’s been a much slower process than he originally had anticipated to make his season debut.

“It seemed like it was taking forever,” Hardy said. “I guess six weeks, right? Six weeks tomorrow. Yeah, it definitely took longer than I thought.”

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Chris Tillman RHP

YANKEES LINEUP

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregarious SS

Nathan Eovladi RHP

Hardy/Flaherty could rejoin Os this weekend

NEW YORK— Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is making his third rehab start for Double-A Bowie on Wednesday night and manager Buck Showlater said it’s possible the shortstop joins the team in New York on Thursday.

Hardy has been rehabbing along with infielder Ryan Flaherty, who isn’t eligible to come off the disabled list until Friday. Still the pair could travel together and Hardy, who hadn’t played in five weeks, could be nearing his season debut.

“We’ll see how tonight goes. See how it feels,” Showalter said of Hardy, who has been sidelined with a left shoulder strain. “He’s sore in the right places. He’s not having any trouble in his shoulder, knock on wood. If he stayed down there two weeks on rehab, which you really can’t do, you’re going to have to make some adjustments in the big leagues offensively especially. It’s just a part of it.”

Hardy doesn’t have any more tests to pass and his arrival would likely mean the O’s would option infielder Rey Navarro back to Triple-A Norfolk.

“He’s passed everything physically,” Showalter said. “We’d lean on J.J. to a point. There are some things I wouldn’t ask him that he shouldn’t have to decide. It’s not fair to him. When you get to know a guy like we know J.J., he knows what’s needed and expected at this level so he’s very close. We’re just hoping we can get through tonight.”

How the Orioles will clear a roster spot for Flaherty is a lot less clear, as the O’s have a lot of guys out of options and there isn’t a lot of flexibility on the roster.  Showalter said going down a pitcher is an option, though it would be just a temporary one.

Baltimore honoring slain NYPD officer, Os fan

The Orioles, in New York Tuesday to start a slate of six games, plan to have a white home jersey overnighted and signed to present to the family of NYPD officer Brian Moore, who was shot in Queens on Saturday and died on Monday.

Moore, 25, was a big Orioles fan and when the Mets —who honored Moore by wearing NYPD caps in warmups and using police officers to make the national anthem’s color guard—reached out to tell Baltimore that he had an affinity for the team, the O’s acted quickly.

“When you listen to a lot of people talk about him, he was pretty special,” manager Buck Showalter said of Moore. It’s going to be quite a loss.”

The Orioles were also all out for the pregame moment of silence in Moore’s memory. His favorite player, Chris Davis, also signed a baseball for the team. The flags at Citi Field flew half mast on Tuesday.

Orioles @ Mets lineups and pregame notes

Greetings from Citi Field, where the Orioles will take on the Mets for the first of six games in New York. (They play the Yankees this weekend.)

*Steve Pearce is out of the lineup with a stomach bug that he’s been dealing with since Sunday’s game against the Rays, which he left early. In his place, red-hot Jimmy Paredes will play second base.

*J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty are both in the starting lineup again for Double-A Bowie and will be playing again on Wednesday before the team decides what the next step is.

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Bud Norris RHP

METS LINEUP
Curtis Granderson RF
Juan Lagares CF
Lucas Duda 1B
Michael Cuddyer LF
Daniel Murphy 3B
Wilmer Flores SS
Kevin Plawecki C
Dilson Herrera 2B

Bartolo Colon RHP

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

Orioles vs Rays Game 2

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

RAYS LINEUP
David DeJesus LF
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Desmond Jennings DH
Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Bobby Wilson C

Chris Archer RHP

Orioles at Rays, Pearce at 2B

Greetings from Tropicana Field, where the Orioles will host a “home” game of sorts from St. Petersburg. They’re wearing their white uniforms tonight and batting second. They’re also hitting first on the field and the Rays are going to try to present a “neutral” front in terms of in-game entertainment.

Steve Pearce is starting at second base for the first time in his Major League career.

RAYS LINEUP

DeJesus DH
Souza RF
Cabrera SS
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Forsythe 2B
Kiermaier CF
Guyer LF
Rivera C
Colome SP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Alejandro De Aza LF
Jimmy Paredes DH
Delmon Young RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Steve Pearce 2B
Manny Machado 3B
Everth Cabrera SS
Caleb Joseph C

Chris Tillman RHP

Buck’s advice to Baltimore’s African Americans

BALTIMORE— While centerfielder Adam Jones opined before the game about the situation in Baltimore, it wasn’t until after his team’s 8-2 win over Chicago that manager Buck Showalter was asked directly what his advice would be right now to young African Americans in Baltimore.

“You hear people try to weigh in on things that they really don’t know anything about. I tell guys all the time when they talk about… I’ve never been black, OK? So I don’t know, I can’t put myself there,” Showalter said.  “I’ve never faced the challenges that they face, so I understand the emotion, but I can’t… It’s a pet peeve of mine when somebody says, ‘Well, I know what they’re feeling. Why don’t they do this? Why doesn’t somebody do that?’ You have never been black, OK, so just slow down a little bit.

I try not to get involved in something that I don’t know about, but I do know that it’s something that’s very passionate, something that I am with my upbringing that it bothers me and it bothers everybody else. We’ve made quite a statement as a city, some good and some bad. Now, let’s get on with taking the statements we’ve made a create a positive. We talk to players, and I want to be a rallying force for our city. It doesn’t mean necessarily playing good baseball. It just means everything we can do… There are some things I don’t want to be normal [in Baltimore again]. You know what I mean? I don’t. I want us to learn from some stuff that’s gone on on both sides of it. I could talk about it for hours, but that’s how I feel about it.”

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