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Orioles vs. Athletics, lineups and pregame notes

*The Orioles have recalled Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk and designated David Lough for assignment. The Os needed Clevenger on the roster as Matt Wieters is dealing with a hamstring injury that has him sidelined. Wieters said today he doesn’t think it’s a disabled list situation.

Lough is the fifth outfielder that has been DFA’ed by the O’s this season. He has no prior outright assignment so, if he clears waivers, he could be sent to Triple-A Norfolk and be a September call-up.

Baltimore will have to make another roster move on Saturday as Henry Urrutia is here taking batting practice and will be added to the roster before the middle game of this series.

*Chris Tillman is “a little black and blue” after taking a liner off his pitching arm on Wednesday. It avoided his elbow area and, assuming he comes through Saturday’s work day OK, will make his next start.

*Chaz Roe (right shoulder tendinitis) received a Cortisone injection earlier in the week and is reportedly feeling better.

*Steve Pearce took batting practice off the coaches in Sarasota, Fla. and by next week the O’s should have a better idea of where he could go rehab to get some at-bats.

*Dylan Bundy has an appointment with Dr. James Andrews at the end of the month to see if he’s good to start back up throwing.

*Chris Parmelee is done for the year after suffering a broken arm. He was hit by a pitch in Wednesday’s Triple-A Norfolk game off Rays’ pitcher Matt Moore.

*Hunter Harvey continues to progress on his throwing program and the hope is he participates in instructional league and/or the Arizona Fall League.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Gerardo Parra RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Nolan Reimold DH
Junior Lake LF
Caleb Joseph C

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

ATHLETICS LINEUP

Billy Burns CF
Mark Canha 1B
Josh Reddick RF
Danny Valencia 3B
Stephen Vogt C
Brett Lawrie 2B
Billy Butler DH
Coco Crisp LF
Marcus Semien SS

Brad Mills LHP

Lough DFA’ed, Clevenger recalled

The Orioles recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday while designating outfielder David Lough for assignment.

Clevenger, 29, has appeared in four games with the Orioles this season, going 5-for-11 at the plate. He was hitting .305/.375/.393 at Norfolk, where he was named an International League All-Star this season.

The 29-year-old Lough hit .202 in 76 games for Baltimore this season. He does not have any previous outright assignments so if he’s not claimed on waivers he could be sent to Triple-A Norfolk and return as a September call-up.

Tillman won’t start Friday

OAKLAND—Chris Tillman will not start until at least Sunday for the Orioles, as the team continues to be cautious in moving the right-hander along from a left ankle injury.

Tillman threw a bullpen session on Wednesday in Oakland and will take another work day before he starts. With Thursday’s off day, the Orioles rotation will remain on turn in Anaheim this weekend —sending Kevin Gausman and Ubaldo Jimenez to the mound— and the earliest they would need a fifth start is Tuesday.

Tillman could start earlier than that, as Sunday’s starter is TBD and could also be Miguel Gonzalez. Getting Tillman right is important for the Orioles as the righty has had a fantastic second half, pitching to a 0.38 ERA in three second-half starts.

Orioles @ As series finale

Chris Tillman threw a bullpen session today and we should know more on how that went post-game, though manager Buck Showalter said he thinks it’d be “pushing it” to start Friday. If Tillman doesn’t start, the rotation would continue in turn after Thursday’s off day.

Here are your lineups….

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Gerardo Parra RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Jimmy Paredes DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Nolan Reimold LF
Caleb Joseph C

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

ATHLETICS LINEUP
Billy Burns CF
Sam Fuld RF
Brett Lawrie 2B
Billy Butler DH
Danny Valencia 3B
Josh Phegley C
Mark Canha LF
Ike Davis 1B
Marcus Semien SS

Kendall Graveman RHP

Orioles and As lineup

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Gerardo Parra RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Jimmy Paredes DH
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Travis Snider LF

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

ATHLETICS LINEUP
Billy Burns CF
Coco Crisp LF
Josh Reddick RF
Billy Butler DH
Stephen Vogt C
Brett Lawrie 3B
Ike Davis 1B
Marcus Semien SS
Eric Sogard 2B

Chris Bassitt RHP

Os option Wilson, add McFarland

The Orioles have recalled lefty reliever T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned RHP Tyler Wilson to Triple-A to clear a roster spot.

Wilson, who picked up his second career win last night, gave the O’s an excellent spot start in going 7 2/3 innings in Monday’s win over the A’s. The righty saved the bullpen and gave the Orioles a lift, pitching in place of Chris Tillman. But sending Wilson back to Norfolk was inevitable as the O’s were short in the ‘pen.

McFarland has gone 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA, allowing four earned runs over 13 1/3 innings pitched,  in 12 games with the Orioles this season. The 26-year-old went 2-3 with a 2.91 ERA  and a save in 16 games (nine starts) with Norfolk this season.

Orioles @ Athletics (updated)

Greetings from the West Coast, where the O’s kick off a three-city road trip with stops in Oakland, Anaheim and Seattle. They are fresh off a four-game series split with the Tigers.

Not much pregame news to report, though Chris Tillman did throw from about 90 feet to test his ankle. Tillman said he’s definitely making progress and is hoping to throw a bullpen on Wednesday. He threw off of flat ground today and the earliest he would start is Friday. If that happens, the rest of the rotation would just slot back.

Jimmy Paredes is starting in right field today and has been doing work for the past month or so there. Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t afraid of trying guys in new spots -like Steve Pearce at second or first baseman Matt Wieters and this is another case of that.  Ryan Flaherty, who is the team’s emergency catcher, also caught Wei-Yin Chen’s bullpen today. Showalter said he’d like to get Flaherty in a situation with a hitter in the batters box to help familiarize him with being behind the plate.

Orioles prospect Parker Bridwell will get a second opinion on his right elbow from Dr. James Andrews. Bridwell’s first opinion said he wouldn’t need surgery and would be OK just being shut down for a little while.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Gerardo Parra LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Jimmy Paredes RF
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C

Tyler Wilson RHP

ATHLETICS LINEUP
Billy Burns CF
Coco Crisp LF
Stephen Vogt C
Billy Butler DH
Ike Davis 1B
Brett Lawrie 3B
Sam Fuld RF
Marcus Semien SS
Eric Sogard 2B

Jesse Chavez RHP

Orioles vs. Tigers Game 3

The Orioles placed Mike Wright on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain prior to Saturday’s game, recalling reliever Jorge Rondon in his place.

Wright exited Friday’s game in the top of the fifth inning with what was initially called a calf cramp, but it was deemed serious enough to warrant an MRI on Saturday.

“I was trying to downplay it into a cramp so I could keep pitching,” said Wright, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk in a flurry of Trade Deadline moves Friday. “Now, it’s a 15-day DL. Hopefully it’s no longer than that and I’ll come back soon.”

There was some swelling and I guess blood from wear and tear. So, [it’s] a Grade 2 strain.”

Wright said he was given a timetable of 2-4 weeks, but obviously is hoping to be back on the shorter end of things. He will fly to Sarasota, Fla. on Sunday, along with Steve Pearce, to continue his rehab.

Rondon, 26, went 2-1 with a 2.01 ERA over 40 1/3 innings pitched (24 games)with Triple-A Norfolk this season.  The right-hander was claimed off waivers by the Orioles from the Colorado Rockies on May 10 and will wear No. 57.

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Chris Tillman is doubtful for his scheduled start on Monday as the right-hander is still getting treatment on his left ankle, which was rolled on the final out of Wednesday’s performance when covering first base on a grounder to first.

“He’s not going to pitch Monday, more than likely, because he hasn’t taken a work day,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “So, there’s two parts of it. One you test it on a work day and two, you see if it blows back up again. He doesn’t have a whole lot of swelling. He’s getting better everyday, so i don’t see it as a DL thing. If we get to Wednesday or something like that and Monday [starting] doesn’t happen. I still hold out hope he comes in tomorrow said this feels great, lets go.”

Showalter said the O’s wouldn’t pitch a starter on short rest to cover for Tillman, so it’d either be a bullpen guy or a call-up from Triple-A. Tyler Wilson is slated to start for the Tides on Monday.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Gerardo Parra LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis RF
Matt Wieters 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Jimmy Paredes DH
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C

Kevin Gausman RHP

Wright leaves

Mike Wright exited Friday’s game against the Tigers in the top of the fifth inning with a left calf cramp.

Wright threw a pitch to Victor Martinez, who singled, and pitching coach Dave Wallace and manager Buck Showalter came out immediately with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells. Wright walked off the mound after several minutes and was replaced by Mychal Givens.

Both Givens and Wright were added to the roster on Friday in the wake of the Os trading of Tommy Hunter and designating Bud Norris. Wright came into the game after lefty Wei-Yin Chen’s rough 3 1/3-inning outing.

More on the Parra trade

The Orioles acquired outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Brewers for right-handed pitching prospect Zach Davies hours before today’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline. To open a roster spot for Parra, the Oriole designated outfielder Chris Parmelee for for assignment.

“We’re real happy and excited that we were able to pick up Parra. He’s one of the top hitters in the National League this year and he fits the profile of an every day position player for us,” executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said of Parra. “Two-time Gold Glover, he can hit against left- and right-handed pitching and he’s very good at getting on base. He’s got some really good numbers at the top of the order. He’s a good set-up hitter and a good defender to play in the field. That should keep our defense strong, help our pitching, and his presence at the top of the lineup should be real additive. That’s an ingredient that we’ve been missing and we’re glad to have him join us.”

The swap represents a departure from Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin’s high asking price as the Brewers were said to be looking for multiple prospects for Parra in the days leading up to the Deadline. Instead they settled on one higher valued prospect as Davies was on display in this year’s Futures Game.

“I saw during our research on Parra, he’s the leading hitter in the big leagues since May 1 in terms of average. He’s been hitting the ball really well. He’s desirable to a lot of teams, so the cost is significant,” Duquette said. “It’s a credit to our farm system that we have the players available to trade. And again, I think when you’re close and you have a chance to get into the playoffs, you’ve got to do what you can around these deadlines to strengthen your team and keep going toward the goal.”

In 24 games this month, Parra is batting .435 with four home runs and a 1.212 OPS. The 28-year-old is batting .328/.369/.517 in 100 games this season and can be a free agent this winter. Because he’s been traded during the season preceding free agency, the Orioles cannot make a qualifying offer to him and thus will not receive Draft-pick compensation if he signs with another team during the offseason.

Davies, whose name first surfaced on Thursday night, was ranked as the Orioles’ No. 3 prospect by MLBPipeline.com. He is 5-6 with a 2.84 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) with Triple-A Norfolk and has impressed the organization as he’s steadily climbed the ranks.

“That’s one of those [trades] that should work out real well for both clubs,” manager Buck Showalter said. “We got a good player back and gave up a good pitching prospect. I’ve always been a fan of [Parra]. We played him out there last year. I know he won a gold glove in left and right, having a big year offensively, but he plays the game like our fans like to see played. He fits us and kind of who we have to be to be competitive.

Parra landed in Washington DC Friday afternoon and made the drive to Baltimore, arriving just before the game. His presence presents another leadoff option for Showalter, who wasn’t sure if Parra would get the bulk of his time in left or right field just yet.

“You talk to probably 20 people about him in the last week. I got a pretty good grip, but it’s better off to talk to the player,” Showalter said. “[He’s] capable of hitting in a lot of spots in the lineup and he’s handled himself well against left-handed pitching this year. Smart, looking forward to his addition.”

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