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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

Orioles @ Red Sox Game 2

The Orioles have recalled LHP T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned RHP Oliver Drake to the Tides. As expected, the O’s will give Adam Jones another day off. Here is the lineup…

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Bud Norris RHP

Jones hopes to return Friday

BOSTON — Dealing with a sore right shoulder, center fielder Adam Jones was out of the Orioles’ starting lineup against the Red Sox on Tuesday night for the fifth time in seven games and admitted he probably won’t return until Friday.

The O’s have been optimistic that Jones, who has not played the outfield since last Monday, can avoid the disabled list, and Jones echoed that again on Tuesday.

“I don’t think I’ll go on the DL,” Jones said. “I don’t like the DL. But [I] can’t play, it’s uncomfortable.”

Jones —who suffered the injury diving for a ball on Monday- was originally slated to play center field on Friday in Toronto. But, after testing his shoulder, he didn’t feel right and was a late scratch moved to designated hitter.  Jones, who also served at DH Saturday, said that was the last time he tested throwing.

“I can move it. It’s just certain actions, lifting it,” said Jones, who won’t re-test his shoulder until he’s pain free. “The throwing motion is not too comfortable.”

Jones was more sore on Sunday than manager Buck Showalter had hoped thought he said he doesn’t believe the pair of DH’ed games set him back at all. He is coming off of back-to-back rest days as he didn’t play on Sunday and the team was off on Monday.

“You guys [in the media] have a good timeline,” Jones said when asked if a Friday return was most plausible. “But hopefully maybe Thursday, maybe Friday if I can throw, test it out. That’s the key. If I can throw, I’ll play.”

Jones, who missed just five games the last three years combined,  has missed seven games between the shoulder injury and a left ankle injury. Without the four-time All-Star in their lineup on Tuesday, the O’s started David Lough in center field, batting ninth

“It feels a lot better than it did coming into Sunday,” Jones said. “Just time, it’s the only thing I can do. I can take all this medicine and all this [stuff]. I just need time.”

“These guys count on me to be in there every day. I count on myself to be in there every day. Oriole fans, Showalter counts on me to be in there every day. It’s tough because I feel like I’m letting my teammates down. But they understand.”

Orioles @ Red Sox, Jones sits (updated)

*Jonathan Schoop is starting for the fifth consecutive game in Double-A Bowie as he continues to move toward re-joining the Os. The Orioles have been careful to not place a timetable on Schoop, who hit the disabled list on April 18, though manager Buck Showalter said pregame that if the team had a need (i.e. an injury) he could join them now. Since they don’t, there’s no rush to push him, although given how Schoop has been in the lineup for Bowie daily, he’s clearly feeling good physically.

The Orioles will lean heavily on vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson, who is there with Schoop, and they’ve gotten some good reports on his defense. He’s also heating up at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBIs in Monday’s game. Another factor with adding Schoop will be the roster crunch it provides, and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette is expected to be in Boston over the next day or two to meet with Showalter about some of those decisions.

*Chris Tillman will get an extra day of rest in between starts, which allows him to have an extra work day, and he will start Saturday’s game. Showalter met with Tillman today and he said physically the right-hander insists he is fine.

*Adam Jones remains out of the starting lineup for the fifth time in the past seven games, as he’s dealing with a sore right shoulder. The Orioles have been optimistic that Jones, who has not played the outfield since last Monday, can avoid the disabled list though his availability is becoming more of a concern.

After serving at designated hitter on Friday and Saturday in Toronto, Jones came in on Sunday more sore than manager Buck Showalter had hoped and he sat him with the hopes that the rest –coupled with Monday’s off day– would be enough to get Jones over the hump.

Without the All-Star Jones, the O’s started David Lough in left field, batting ninth.

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

More on Gausman

TORONTO— A night removed from his first Major League start this season, Kevin Gausman was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk prior to Sunday’s game so he can stay on a consistent schedule and get his innings up.

“We got good reports on Miguel [Gonzalez] and Wei-Yin [Chen], we don’t want to put Gausman in the bullpen,” manager Buck Showalter said of the reasoning. “We think [Gausman] has a chance to be in our rotation, next year possibly this year, who knows? We don’t want next year to get here and him not have enough innings under his belt to pitch next season…there’s no reason to keep him here when he’s not going to start here and [not] keep another arm that’s fresh in the bullpen.”

The move, which saw Oliver Drake added in Gausman’s place, means that Gonzalez and Chen are in line for Thursday and Friday’s starts. It should also help Gausman, who has pitched in just 12 Major League innings this season, build back up.
“It’s tough, but he gets it,” Showalter said of Gausman’s shuttle back to Norfolk. “He’s very mature, a professional. He’s got a chance to be pretty good because he looks through things with professional big-league eyes. he doesn’t just get down there and throw up stats, he’s trying to do things that will help him at the big league level. No one asks better questions than him.  He’s a watcher of the game, taking things in. I don’t think he’s going to miss an opportunity and it will be there for him shortly.
I don’t want the season over and him to have 80, 90 innings and expect him to throw 180, 200 innings next year. That’s not smart. We got to keep the end game in mind. If we bring him back here it will be as a starter, initially.”
A part of the Opening Day bullpen, Gausman hit the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis and was stretched back out on rehab assignment. He pitched five innings in a no-decision in the O’s win on Saturday.

Orioles @ Blue Jays Game 3

Another day, another roster move for the Os. Kevin Gausman has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk so he can stay on a starting schedule. With the O’s due back a pair of starters –Thursday will be Miguel Gonzalez and Wei-Yin Chen will start on Friday– they wanted to keep Gausman pitching every fifth day. Going to Triple-A will also allow him to build up his innings a little bit.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he had a nice chat with Gausman this morning and he took it the right away. Gausman will also be an option for them if they need another starter up here. Oliver Drake is up in his spot.

Adam Jones is out of the lineup today as he came in a little sore and Showalter said he didn’t like the sound of that. With an off day on Monday, Jones will get two days to rest that shoulder. The team remains optimistic he will avoid the disabled list.

Speaking of DL’ed players, Jonathan Schoop played for a third consecutive game today. He’s wanting to play every day on rehab assignment and has gotten good reports in the field. He’s a little rusty at the plate. The Orioles could have him back before the All-Star Break, and perhaps even at some point before this road trip ends. We will see.

I was asked about Hunter Harvey’s rehab yesterday and Showalter said there’s nothing new on that. There’s also not a whole lot of follow-up to what I reported about Dylan Bundy yesterday. The team hoped more of the inflammation would be out of his shoulder by now, so they are going to see if they can eliminate a few other potential issues. Though he had Tommy John in 2013, the injury is not believed to be related to his elbow.

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Chris Tillman RHP

BLUE JAYS LINEUP

Jose Reyes SS
Josh Donaldson 3B
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Russell Martin C
Ezequiel Carrera LF
Kevin Pillar CF
Ryan Goins 2B
Scott Copeland RHP

Orioles @ Blue Jays Game 2, Givens added

*The Orioles have purchased the contract of Mychal Givens from Double-A Bowie, adding the right-hander to shore up the bullpen after last night’s loss. Starter Mike Wright, who recorded four outs on Friday, as well as Tyler Wilson were optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Today’s starter Kevin Gausman will occupy the other roster spot. To clear a 40-man spot, the O’s transferred RHP Jason Garcia to the 60-day disabled list.

Givens is a former second round pick of the O’s who was converted from shortstop to a pitcher. He has a low arm slot and a mid-90s fastball and the organization was impressed with what they saw of him in big league camp this spring.

*Nolan Reimold will make his Major League debut in centerfield today, playing that position for the first time since he was in High A. Manager Buck Showalter said Reimold is very equipped to play center and the O’s want to get his bat in the lineup given that the Blue Jays are starting the lefty Mark Buehrle.

*Dylan Bundy, who had a second MRI on his right shoulder, continues to be sidelined as the test showed more inflammation than the team was hoping. The Orioles were optimistic the MRI would show more improvement, but it hasn’t. For now, there are no plans for any shots and he will remain inactive.

Here are your lineups…

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Kevin Gausman RHP

BLUE JAYS LINEUP

Jose Reyes SS
Josh Donaldson 3B
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Chris Colabello LF
Russell Martin C
Dioner Navarro DH
Kevin Pillar CF
Ryan Goins 2B

Mark Buehrle LHP

Jones moved to DH

Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones passed all of his early tests in Toronto, playing catch and taking some early batting practice, but manager Buck Showalter made a late lineup change prior to Friday’s game and cautiously moved Jones to designated hitter instead.

Showalter said he knew Jones, who hasn’t started since Monday, was close but decided after the first round of the team’s official batting practice that DH’ing was the safest move. The O’s have been extra cautious with Jones, who is dealing with a sore right shoulder, as they are hoping to avoid a lengthy absence or trip to the disabled list. Jones’ shoulder checked out structurally OK earlier in the week, but by putting David Lough in centerfield, Jones will get another chance to rest his throwing arm.

The late move put Steve Pearce in left field, where Lough was originally starting, and moved both J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty up one slot in the batting order. Jones remained in his typical third spot.

Orioles @ Blue Jays Game 1

Greetings from Canada where the Orioles, winners in 11 of their last 14, will play three games against the Blue Jays.

Adam Jones returns to the lineup for the first time since Monday, after testing his right shoulder pregame with some early batting practice and throwing.

The Orioles announced that they’ve signed two more picks from this year’s First-Year Player Draft: center fielder Cedric Mullins (13th round) and catcher Jerry McClanahan (19th round).

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Mike Wright RHP

BLUE JAYS LINEUP

Jose Reyes SS
Josh Donaldson 3B
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Chris Colabello LF
Dioner Navarro C
Kevin Pillar CF
Ryan Goins 2B

Marco Estrada RHP

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