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Orioles vs. Rangers Game 2 (updated)

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will take on the Rangers for the second of a four-game series.

*Kevin Gausman will pitch for short-season Aberdeen on Wednesday and he could be a candidate for the Orioles to start Sunday’s game. That would be on short rest and the O’s will shorten up Gausman’s outing in Aberdeen but they felt like keeping him on his regular rest, at least this time out, was important.

If Gausman doesn’t start on Sunday, T.J. McFarland –who is making his second career start tonight–is another option. Wei-Yin Chen will pitch Thursday, with Miguel Gonzalez on Friday and Ubaldo Jimenez on Saturday.

*The Orioles have passed on lefty Mark Hendrickson, who was at Camden Yards for a tryout last week. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said they spoke to him about another role in the organization but it seems like Hendrickson will continue to pitch in the independent league.

*Triple-A Norfolk’s Suk-min Yoon will see orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs about his shoulder on Wednesday. Yoon has been on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder.

*WBAL radio broadcaster Fred Manfra returns to the booth tonight after missing most of the season with hip surgery.

*The Orioles had their starting pitchers take batting practice prior to today’s game, with Bud Norris –who could still be on the DL- just bunting instead.

*Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar, who was designated for assignment yesterday, has been returned to the Red Sox. The infielder had to be offered to the 28 other teams first.

Chris Davis is back at first base, with Ryan Flaherty at third while Manny Machado missed his second of five games serving a suspension…

RANGERS LINEUP
Shin-Soo Choo LF
Elvis Andrus SS
Alex Rios RF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Robinson Chirinos C
Chris Gimenez 1B
Adam Rosales DH
Rougned Odor 2B
Daniel Robertson CF

Nick Martinez RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Caleb Joseph C
TJ McFarland LHP

Reimold in limbo

The Orioles have recalled Nolan Reimold from his 20-game rehab assignment and now have a “couple days” according to executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette to determine the next step.

“In next day or so we have to reinstate him to our active roster or do something else with his contract,” Duquette said of Reimold, who could also be designated for assignment which would give the club 10 days to assignment on Monday, giving them 10 days to have the outfielder be traded, released or pass through waivers.

Duquette said he has been talking with Reimold about ways to keep him in the organization, which could be tricky the way the current roster is constructed. Baltimore, playing a man down with Manny Machado’s suspension, already has a trio of right-handed hitters in outfielder/designated hitter category in Nelson Cruz, Steve Pearce and Delmon Young. Reimold could be designated, re-start his rehab assignment or just remain on the Major League disabled list with a different injury.

The 30-year-old was re-signed by Baltimore to a one-year, $1 million deal this winter and —assuming he clears waivers— he would be ourighted to Triple-A and could not refuse the assignment.
Reimold, who concluded a 20-game rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie over the weekend, has not played in a Major League game since July 13, 2013 and has appeared in 56 games since the end of 2011 due to a pair of neck surgeries. Reimold had a corrective procedure this winter since the fusion didn’t work properly the first time around and started this season on the disabled list after a spring in which he wasn’t ready to play the field.

A career .252 hitter in parts of five seasons, Reimold hit a career-high 15 homers in 104 games in his rookie season in ’09 and showed flashes of impressive power but dealt with serious injuries along the way. He had a torn Achilles at the end of ’09 and suffered the initial neck injury diving for a foul ball in the stands in a game at the Chicago White Sox. Reimold kept playing and hit five homers in his first 16 games in ’12 before landing on the DL.

Os option Meek and add Ramirez

Orioles manager Buck Showalter prefaced his media session Monday afternoon with the possibility that the team would add pitching prior to the game and that’s exactly what they did.

The Orioles selected the contract of right-hander Ramon Ramirez from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned righty Evan Meek to give them another rested bullpen arm behind Ubaldo Jimenez on Monday.

The 32-year-old Ramirez has pitched eight scoreless innings for the Tides in five relief appearances this season, striking out 14 without allowing a walk. He is a career 23-21 with a 3.42 ERA in 423 Major League games over eight seasons with Colorado (2006-07), Kansas City (2008), Boston (2009-10), San Francisco (2010-11, ‘13) and the Mets (2012).

Meek, 31, is 0-3 with a 7.47 ERA in 15 games for the Orioles this season and last pitched on Sunday, allowing four earned runs. The move helps the O’s cover themselves in the event of another short start and gives them another option with lefty reliever T.J. McFarland the likely candidate to get Tuesday’s start.

Machado on his suspension

Third baseman Manny Machado’s five-game suspension, stemming from a June 8 incident against the A’s, was upheld Monday after an appeal hearing last week and now starts tonight. I’ll have a full story up on Orioles.com shortly, but here is what Machado had to say…

[on if he thought he had a good case] “I think so. I think we made a great case and unfortunately it didn’t go down. So we’re just gonna have to deal with the consequences and that’s it.”

[on the precedent of 4 game suspensions and if he understands why it went 5] “Learn from this situation. Make a better case from here on forward.

“I didn’t throw the bat at the pitcher. I didn’t harm anybody. And I’m going to get 5 games. I didn’t charge the mound. I didn’t get in a fight. But it is what it is and now I have to serve the five games and we are going to be down a man and I’m not going to be able to help my team in these key games that are coming up going into that Boston series. This is an unfortunate event and I’m going to have to deal with it.”

[on what he learned] “Don’t do it again. Don’t do it again. You don’t want to be in this situation. No one wants to be in it. We’ll just go from here and try to put this behind me. And just go on playing baseball.”

[on what he will do while suspended] “Working. There’s a lot of work to be done, a long season ahead of me so I have to keep working. This will give me some time off to recuperate, let my body get better. Keep working try to get my swing back.”

[on if it's more disappointing because he was starting to swinging so well] “Definitely. It just sucks. I was starting to feel a little better at the plate and here they come with that bomb, five games. But you can’t do nothing about it. It was going to come. It was just about time to come. Unfortunately it came in the wrong spot but hey, nothing you can do about it.”

[on when he found out] “This morning, and it’s very disappointing. I’m not going to stand here and smile about it and be excited about missing five games. Just go about it, put it behind us and serve the five games.

[on if he's surprised how long it took to come to a decision on the appeal] “Definitely. I thought it was going to come quicker but I’m glad it came now I guess in a way. I was able to play a couple more games and help my team win one way or the other. It is what it is.”

[on the Orioles playing a man short] “That’s the worst part about it. We’re down a man. Obviously I don’t want to put my team in that situation, especially five tough games. We’ve got Texas now and then Boston, which is a key series for us. We’re down a man now. That’s what sucks about this whole thing. I’ve got to stay here and watch the games and know I can’t be out there on the field trying to help my team whichever way. But I have a strong feeling, we’re a great team and we’re going to put this behind us and go out there and battle.”

[on his reputation now] “People make bad mistakes in their lives, but all you can do is learn from it and keeping play the game how I play. I’m not going to change how I play the game. Play the game the right way. Play hard and just playing baseball, hopefully people see it that way. Just go to out there and show it.”

[on if he got something out of the appeal] “Definitely. When we went in for an appeal I thought we had a good case, we had a great case. We said what we had to say. It didn’t come out how we wanted it to but going into the appeal you know it’s gong to 50-50. it’s something you can’t control. I think we did the right thing, it’s a flip of the coin and we came up short. I guess it just didn’t turn out the way we wanted to.”

Orioles vs. Rangers (UPDATED)

*Major League Baseball has upheld Manny Machado’s five-game suspension, which he will start serving tonight. Machado will come back for Saturday’s game against Boston, with Chris Davis playing third base tonight. More on Machado here.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he went with Davis today because it provides the most defensively-sound infield and he noted Davis’ experience at third in the Minors as well. Davis has been quietly working with infield coach Bobby Dickerson for a few days. In a perfect world, the Orioles would like to add another infielder –and still could later in the week- but right now if they make a roster move it would be to add pitching.

Showalter didn’t rule out the possibility of making a pre game move on Monday to do just that.

*Nolan Reimold’s future with the Orioles will be decided today as the club is in the process of making an official move with Reimold. Given the way the O’s roster is constructed, it’s likely he will be designated for assignment but no word on that just yet.

*If he’s not used tonight, T.J. McFarland will start Tuesday with Chris Tillman on Wednesday and likely Wei-Yin Chen on Thursday.

*The Orioles also took infielder Michael Almanzar off the disabled list and designated him for assignment. Almanzar was their Rule 5 pick in this winter’s Draft from Boston and he will be offered to 28 other teams first before the Red Sox get to decide if they want him back or to keep the $20,000.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce 1B
Nelson Cruz LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 3B
Delmon Young DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

Orioles @ Rays lineups and pregame notes

The Orioles rotation for the week is slowing starting to take shape, with manager Buck Showalter saying prior to Sunday’s game that Chris Tillman will start Wednesday and he’s learning toward Wei-Yin Chen for Thursday.

The O’s optioned Kevin Gausman on Friday for him to finish out his 10-day assignment in the Minors and he could come up as early as Tuesday. But now that the Orioles have set Wednesday’s starter –and won’t use Gausman on short rest Tuesday– he could wait in the Minors a little longer, especially with the team set to play a man down because of Manny Machado’s suspension.

Showalter said his “educated” guess was that Machado’s punishment from last week’s appeal would come shortly and could kick into effect as early as Monday.

If the O’s stay on turn and use Chen on Thursday, they could also get by with their current group of starters, and not need Gausman at all, if starter Bud Norris makes his disabled list period and is activated on July 7. Norris is on the DL with a groin injury and the team will know more about his timetable when he takes a work day, in the next two or three days.

*Triple-A Norfolk’s Alexi Casilla will have surgery to remove a broken hamate bone from his right hand on Tuesday.

*Showalter said Josh Stinson may miss his next start for Norfolk due to a physical issue, but right now it’s not considered a DL situation.

*Gausman and Dylan Bundy will have a work day in Aberdeen on Monday. Bundy will make his next scheduled start on Thursday for Class-A Frederick.

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

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

RAYS LINEUP
Desmond Jennings CF
Ben Zobrist SS
Matt Joyce LF
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Brandon Guyer DH
Logan Forsythe 2B
Jose Molina C
Kevin Kiermaier RF

Alex Cobb RHP

Orioles vs. White Sox

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will take on the White Sox for the series finale.

*Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had his appeal heard today in the warehouse at Camden Yards and it lasted about an hour. Machado, who had his agent and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on hand, said he felt good about the way things went and is hoping to get word later this week.

Machado is appealing a five-game suspension and the O’s would prefer that he doesn’t have to start serving his punishment until after Friday’s doubleheader but that all depends on when the news comes down. The suspension will be immediate.

*Chris Tillman will start Game 2 in Friday’s doubleheader with Bud Norris throwing a bullpen session today and reportedly a little tentative. O’s manager Buck Showalter said Norris –who exited his last start with a groin injury– will take another work day and he could start later this weekend, although it’s a more likely scenario that the O’s will hold off a little while longer. They don’t need a fifth starter until July 1.

*The Orioles announced the signings of left-handed pitcher Matt Trowbridge (13th round) and righty Jean Cosme (17) to add to this year’s Draft class.
ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Nelson Cruz DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Manny Machado 3B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Nick Hundley C

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

WHITE SOX LINEUP
Adam Eaton CF
Gordon Beckham 2B
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Jose Abreu 1B
Adam Dunn DH
Alexei Ramirez SS
Dayan Viciedo RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Tyler Flowers C

Hector Noesi RHP

Orioles vs. White Sox, Machado appeal Wednesday

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles take a three-game winning streak into Game 2 against the White Sox.

*Manny Machado is scheduled to have his appeal on a five-game suspension heard in Baltimore on Wednesday. The hearing, which will also be attended by EVP Dan Duquette, typically takes a few days before the final agreement is reached and –with the O’s off on Thursday– the team is hopeful to still have Machado for Friday’s doubleheader.

Machado, who was also fined, said earlier today the suspension is with pay and is hoping to get it knocked down at least a few games. He was suspended four games for his role in the benches-clearing brawl with Oakland on June 8–that started after he tossed his bat– and one for his role in the series opening-game in which he was not ejected.

If Machado is suspended for Friday’s game, the Orioles will still have to play a man down, according to manager Buck Showalter. The O’s are planning on adding Kevin Gausman as their extra player to start the first game of the doubleheader.

*Bud Norris and Chris Tillman will both take a work day on Wednesday and if Norris feels OK he will pitch on Friday. If not, Tillman will go on regular rest given Thursday’s off day. Kevin Gausman is slated to throw the other game of the doubleheader.

*Double-A Bowie’s outfielder Dariel Alvarez and right-handed pitcher Hunter Harvey will both selected to the Futures Game this afternoon. Alvarez was named to the World Team with Harvey, who is currently at Delmarva, is on Team USA.

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

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

WHITE SOX LINEUP
Adam Eaton CF
Gordon Beckham 2B
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Jose Abreu 1B
Adam Dunn DH
Alexei Ramirez SS
Dayan Viciedo RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Tyler Flowers C

Jose Quintana LHP

Orioles @ Yankees Game 3

Greetings from Yankee Stadium where the Os have the rubber match of the series against the Yankees. New York has Old Timers Day today, so there’s a lot going on.

In case you missed it last night, Dylan Bundy had five scoreless innings for Aberdeen in his second start this season. Bundy, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning and he will have one more start with Aberdeen before the organization re-evaluates things. Given how well he’s progressed so far, especially with his command, he could move up to another affiliate.

Bud Norris remains cautiously optimistic he will start on Friday and got some more treatment today on his right groin. Norris has had issues before on his left side, but never his right although the Os got some good news this morning in that there wasn’t a whole lot of discoloration in the area that usually means it’s a long-term injury. Manager Buck Showalter relayed that update and made sure to tell reporters that he didn’t look at Norris’ groin, the trainers did.

Speaking of Showalter, he got a real nice round of applause today when he was announced at Old Timers’ Day. Showalter ran out onto the field and tipped his Oriole cap before running back into the O’s dugout.

Here are your lineups….

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce DH
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz LF
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Manny Machado 3B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C
Chris Tillman RHP

YANKEES LINEUP
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran DH
Kelly Johnson 3B
Yangervis Solarte 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Masahiro Tanaka RHP

Norris exits early with groin injury

Orioles started Bud Norris exited Saturday afternoon’s game against the Yankees prior to the bottom of the sixth inning with right groin tightness.

Norris, at just 85 pitches through five, walked out to the mound and after throwing a warmup pitch signaled for the team’s trainers, who came out along with manager Buck Showalter. Several moments later, the right-hander walked off the mound and was replaced by right-hander Ryan Webb.

The short start was disappointing for the Orioles with Norris holding the Yankees to one run on three hits and a pair of walks and in line to go deep. Baltimore, which added Brad Brach to the ‘pen before the game, was in need of a long start today given Ubaldo Jimenez’s 5 2/3 innings on Friday night.

Norris has allowed two runs over his last three starts, a 19 2/3 innings stretch.

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