Orioles vs. Yankees lineups & pregame notes, Jimenez DLed

*The big story out of today is that Ubaldo Jimenez –the Orioles most expensive free-agent signing in club history– is headed to the disabled list with a right ankle sprain suffered on Wednesday. Jimenez, who manager Buck Showalter said is “an eight” on a pain scale of 1-10, will be replaced on the roster by right-hander Kevin Gausman who will pick up one of this weekend’s starts against the Yankees. You can read more on that situation here.

*Matt Wieters will stay with the club after the All-Star Break, though he’s not going on the team’s three-city West Coast trip. Wieters, recovering from Tommy John surgery, said today he plans on going on shorter road trips to be around the club while he rehabs.

*Julio DePaula has been outrighted to Double-A Bowie.

*Brian Roberts and the Yankees are here tonight and it will be interesting to see what kind of reception the longtime Oriole gets in his first trip back to Camden Yards….

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
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Nick Hundley C

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

YANKEES LINEUP
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teizeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Kelly Johnson DH

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Jimenez to the DL, Gausman on his way up

Ubaldo Jimenez –the Orioles most expensive free-agent signing in club history– is headed to the disabled list with a right ankle sprain suffered on Wednesday. Jimenez, who manager Buck Showalter said is “an eight” on a pain scale of 1-10, will be replaced on the roster by right-hander Kevin Gausman who will pick up one of this weekend’s starts against the Yankees.

“He stepped in a hole in the parking lot,”Showalter said of Jimenez’s injury. “We were looking at it today. It’s pretty puffy, taped up. He tried to take a work day yesterday. We were hoping that it would resolve somewhat today, it did not and he’s not going to be able to start tomorrow, so we’re probably going to DL him and back-date him and have him ready post-All-Star break.”

Gausman was on his way to Camden Yards on Friday afternoon and will likely start Sunday’s game, though he is an option to pitch on Saturday. Chris Tillman could be moved up to Saturday, which would have been his normal day. Gausman took a “light side day” on Thursday for Triple-A Norfolk.

Jimenez has had a similar injury with Cleveland and was shut down early in the 2012 season. Signed to a four-year, $50-million deal this winter, the news of his injury on Friday is the latest in a disappointing first half for Jimenez. He went 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA in 18 games, including a 1-6 mark with a 5.29 ERA in nine starts at Camden Yards.

Showalter said because they are recalling a player within the 10-day window –in Gausman–they can’t backdate Jimenez to his last start. He would be eligible to pitch the sixth game of the second half, though that’s not guaranteed and it will be based on his rehab progression.

Bundy struggles again at Frederick

BALTIMORE— Orioles righty Dylan Bundy, who will likely be limited to 75 pitches in every outing this year, exited Thursday’s start for Class-A Frederick in the fourth inning.

Bundy, who allowed a pair of singles before he was replaced, was charged with three runs against the Salem Red Sox. Making his fifth start, fourth with Frederick, Bundy had a 1-2-3 first inning that consisted of 15 pitches.

The 21-year-old issued a pair of walks to start the second inning and allowed a pair of RBI singles to Kendrick Perkins and Jordan Weems after that. Bundy worked around a one-double in the third inning, and started the fourth at 64 pitches.

The Orioles top pitching prospect, Bundy is recovering from Tommy John surgery and it’s unlikely -given his pitch constraints— that he’s a factor for the big league club this season.

Os option Norris, add Guilmet

BALTIMORE— The Orioles optioned right-hander Bud Norris to Double-A Bowie prior to Thursdays game, a roster move that allows the right-hander to get some extra work in the Minors during the All-Star Break.

“”Bud had, what, 17 days? Having another 11, 12 or 13 before his next start is something we’d like to stay away from,” manager Buck Showalter said of Norris, who returned from the disabled list to make Wednesday’s start. “He’s already had his All-Star break.”

With the extra roster spot, the Orioles recalled right-hander Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Norfolk to add to the bullpen. Guilmet, 26, has posted a 5.79 ERA (9.1IP, 6ER) in nine games with the Orioles this season, striking out 11 and walking two.

Norris’ 10-day stay in the Minor Leagues means he could be activated to start at the end of the Oakland series, although given his career numbers —0-2 with a 9.35 ERA in four games— the Orioles will likely wait until the following series in Anaheim. Norris is 3-0 with an 0.32 ERA in four career games against the Angels.

Orioles vs. Nats Game 3

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will take on the Nationals for the third game of a four-game set. (The fourth game will be made up on August 4 in DC.)

*Bud Norris will not start on short rest on Sunday, although he could be used out of the bullpen. Manager Buck Showalter floated the idea of a short start on Wednesday, but that won’t happen now.

*Matt Wieters is here and will go to the All-Star Game in Minnesota before returning to Atlanta to continue his rehab. Wieters had planned on coming to Baltimore during a few homestands this year as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

*Steve Johnson went two innings for short-season Aberdeen on Wednesday night and Showalter said they are still deciding whether Johnson will be starting or relieving in the Minors as he works his way back.

*Kevin Gausman will make his next start for Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday.

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

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

NATIONALS LINEUP
Denard Span CF
Anthony Rendon 3B
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ryan Zimmerman DH
Bryce Harper LF
Ian Desmond SS
Wilson Ramos C
Kevin Frandsen 2B

Gio Gonzalez RHP

McLouth on Baltimore: “I can’t think of one thing I didn’t like about playing here”

Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth admitted it was a little odd to be in the visiting clubhouse at Camden Yards on Wednesday afternoon.

McLouth, who spent 1 1/2 years with Baltimore, signed with Washington this winter for $10.75 million over two years (with a $6.5 million club option for 2016) and the four-game Beltway Series has provided a chance for McLouth to see some old friends.

“The baseball part is not the hard part,” said McLouth, a fan favorite who should get a favorable reaction at Camden Yards on Wednesday. “The hard part is the relationships and the friends you make. That was, I don’t really like the guys here that much. No, I’m kidding. But you form friendships and you feel comfortable and that was the hardest part. I can’t think of one thing I didn’t like about playing here [in Baltimore].”

McLouth said he never got the sense that the Orioles -despite publicly saying so- wanted to bring him back and he doesn’t harbor any ill-will about it.

“It didn’t hurt my feelings or anything,” McLouth said. “That’s just how it works. I didn’t feel at any point like it was going to work out, unfortunately, and you just deal with it. It’s not like it’s personal. It’s not personal. It’s how it works.”

McLouth, who hit hit .261/.333/.409 in 201 games with the Orioles, has had to adjust to not having an everyday role with the Nats and it’s been difficult. He’s batting .194/.308/.266 in 65 games.

And, like many of his former Oriole teammates, McLouth is rooting for a Nationals-Orioles World Series.

“[It would be] awesome,” McLouth said. “I think if for no other reason than the travel. It’s possible. It’s very possible.”

Orioles @ Nationals lineups and pregame notes

Steve Pearce returns to the Orioles lineup as the Beltway Series shifts to Camden Yards…

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

Bud Norris RHP

NATIONALS LINEUP
Denard Span CF
Anthony Rendon 3B
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ryan Zimmerman DH
Bryce Harper LF
Ian Desmond SS
Wilson Ramos C
Danny Espinosa 2B

Doug Fister RHP

Bundy limited to 75 pitches in starts this year

WASHINGTON— The Orioles plan to limit top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy to 75 pitches in outings this season, but manager Buck Showalter said that doesn’t eliminate the right-hander from potentially being part of the big league rotation this season.

“Maybe, I don’t know,” Showalter said of Bundy’s chances of being in the club’s rotation at any point this year with that restriction. “Might come a time this year when 75 pitches looks pretty good.”

Bundy, who will start next for Class-A Frederick, has been rehabbing back from Tommy John surgery and the Orioles are taking a cautious approach as they build the right-hander back up on the mound.

“It’s something we are probably not going to waiver from,” Showalter said. “We could adjust if we had to but I’m kind of cautious to bring up Bundy as an option at some point. First he’s got to figure out the Carolina League a little bit. But the plan right now is to limit him to 75 max the whole year.

I’ve said it before, as much as we love the progress and everything, this whole thing, your end game is next year. He could help [at some point this season]. I’m not going to just pull that out.”

In Bundy’s last outing for Frederick he had his rockiest one to date. He allowed three runs on four hits — three of them singles — in 4 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking two. Still, the club won’t start looking at him as a realistic option for the big-league club, in any capacity until the 21-year-old gets to Double-A.

Orioles @ Nationals Game 2 (updated)

Greetings from Nats Park again where the O’s will play the second of two games in D.C. before hosting Washington for a pair of games at Camden Yards.

*Adam Jones has accepted Jose Bautista’s invitation to participate in this year’s Home Run Derby. Jones spoke with manager Buck Showalter about it earlier today and he will have bullpen catcher Jett Ruiz accompany him to throw. Jones is a first-time participant.

*The Orioles plan to limit Dylan Bundy to 75 pitches in outings this season, but manager Buck Showalter said that doesn’t eliminate the right-hander from potentially being part of the big league rotation this season. Bundy’s next outing is Thursday for Class-A Frederick.

*The Orioles will flip Miguel Gonzalez and Ubaldo Jimenez, with Jimenez pushed to Friday’s start. The O’s could option a starter to the Minors to get an extra bullpen arm for Friday’s game before Jimenez.

*Steve Pearce, who is co-American League Player of the Week, remains the odd man out without the designated hitter. Chris Davis, who homered last night, is at first base with Nelson Cruz in left field.

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

Bud Norris RHP

NATIONALS LINEUP
Denard Span CF
Anthony Rendon 2B
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Bryce Harper LF
Ian Desmond SS
Jose Lobaton C

Doug Fister RHP

Orioles option Gausman

The Kevin Gausman shuttle continued on Monday, as Gausman was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to clear a roster spot for reliever Julio DePaula and help aid an overworked Orioles bullpen for Monday’s series opener against the Nationals.

“Buck [Showalter] told me we needed a bullpen arm,” said Gausman, who started Sunday’s game and has been recalled and optioned back to the Minors three times over the past month despite pitching well. “It’s just one of those things. It’s happened a couple times this year and it’s happened every time we go into extras, so I kind of saw it coming…not really surprised, obviously I want to stay but I understand we want to keep those guys healthy out there.

Gausman was added to the roster prior to Sunday’s 12-inning win over the Red Sox and he went 5 1/3 innings. The righty, who held Boston to a run on four hits and a pair of walks, tallied a career-high seven strikeouts and has allowed one run or fewer in four of his past five big league starts.

Gausman, who has been demoted for roster space and not performance, has had an unusual few weeks as he was added to the team’s roster on June 27th as their 26th man, sent back to his optional assignment after the game and started for short-season Aberdeen before Sunday’s game at Fenway Park.

Gausman said he will make at least one start at Norfolk and with the four days for next week’s All-Star Break, he could only miss one start while serving the minimum 10-day stay.

Showalter reminded reporters on Sunday that there’s an end goal with the prized young righty and part of what they are doing, along with creating roster space, is to ensure Gausman isn’t shut down early.

“We are managing his innings so at some point, he’s good enough and we are good enough to pitch the rest of the season.”

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