Orioles @ Red Sox Game 1

Greetings from Fenway Park, where the Orioles will take on the Red Sox for the first of two games in today’s doubleheader.

Not a whole lot of news pre game, although Preston Guilmet is here as the O’s extra man and will be activated for Game 2. The Orioles will also get Manny Machado back so they will go from a 24-man roster to 26. Baltimore has gone 4-0 since Machado started his suspension and manager Buck Showalter said he’s gotten plenty of ribbing about it.

The Orioles will make another roster move prior to Sunday’s game in recalling right-hander Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk to start the series finale. With a doubleheader today, the Orioles wanted lefty T.J. McFarland to stay in the bullpen and Gausman will get that start.

The O’s are mapping out their rotation up to and after the All-Star Break and there’s a good chance that they option a starting pitcher prior to the Break to get an extra player and make sure of the 10-day rule with the break.

Bud Norris will throw a simulated game after Game 1, throwing to hitters at Fenway Park in hopes that he can make a start for the Orioles next week. Norris, who is dealing with a groin injury, already did some fielding work Thursday and they want to see how he does in a game situation next. He could potentially be a candidate to start on July 9, which would keep Miguel Gonzalez on regular rest. Gonzalez was originally slated to start yesterday’s game.

The organization remains optimistic Nolan Reimold, who was designated for assignment, will clear waivers. In that scenario, Reimold would be out righted to Triple-A Norfolk.

Dylan Bundy didn’t have a great debut for Frederick last night, going 4 2/3 innings and allowing three earned runs, but it was to be expected in his road to recovery. Some in the organization figured he would struggle the first few times in the Carolina League since it’s a decent jump from short-season Aberdeen.

Here are your lineups…

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

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

RED SOX LINEUP
Brock Holt RF
Daniel Nava LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Mike Napoli 1B
A.J. Pierzynski DH
Xander Bogaerts 3B
Stephen Drew SS
David Ross C
Jackie Bradley, Jr. CF

Jon Lester LHP

Rotation notes

Miguel Gonzalez will pitch Game 1, Ubaldo Jimenez Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Red Sox.

The Orioles will also recall Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk to start Sunday’s game. Gausman last pitched a shortened outing for short-season Aberdeen on Wednesday.

Bud Norris, who is eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday, will throw a simulate game in between games at Fenway Park.

The Orioles will be able to add a 26th man for Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader. Manny Machado will also be activated off the suspension list.

Os-Red Sox PPD, DH on Saturday

BOSTON— Friday’s Red Sox-Orioles game has been postponed due to inclement weather associated with Tropical Storm Arthur, with the two teams now scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday.

The first game on Saturday will begin at approximately 1:05 ET and tickets for Friday night’s game will be good for Game 1. Boston will send Jon Lester to the hill

The second game, which will see Orioles third baseman Manny Machado activated after serving a five-game suspension, will start at its regularly scheduled 7:15 ET slot. The Red Sox will have right-hander John Lackey.

Schoop starting his season over

Rookie Jonathan Schoop went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and has looked better at the plate recently, a trend the Orioles obviously hope continues.

“Jonathan’s season started, this is his third day of his new season,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Schoop, who apparently was instructed by Wayne Kirby to come into the clubhouse one day with all of his bags packed like it was his first day in the big leagues to give him a fresh slate.

“We may try that a couple other places. That’s pretty funny. I try not to talk about it too much.”

Reimold DFA’ed

The Orioles have have reinstated outfielder Nolan Reimold from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment.

Reimold has 10 days to be traded, claimed on waivers or released by the Orioles, who could outright him to Triple-A Norfolk if he clears waivers because he has no previous outright assignment.

Orioles EVP Dan Duquette said Monday he has been talking with Reimold about ways to keep him in the organization, which was nearly impossible given 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 the outfielder/designated hitter category with Nelson Cruz, Steve Pearce and Delmon Young.

The 30-year-old Reimold, who concluded his 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.

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

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