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.”

Os DFA Parmelee

To clear a roster spot for Gerardo Parra, who has reported to the Orioles and is available tonight, the O’s have designated Chris Parmelee for assignment. The 27-year-old batted .216/.255/.433 (21-97) with four home runs and nine RBI in 32 games with the Orioles this season.

Hunter on being traded

BALTIMORE— Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter was joking with reporters around Friday’s 4 p.m. Trade Deadline, making a beeline for manager Buck Showalter’s locker only to turn around and burst out laughing at reporters’ reactions.

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Several minutes later, the joke became reality as news broke on social media that Hunter was headed to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league outfielder Junior Lake.

“I told [fellow reliever] Darren O’Day we really can’t play catch ’til 4:05, that four or five-minute grace period. At 4:03 he came in and asked me and I was like, I don’t know, they might have just taken couple guys off their Triple-A roster’,” said Hunter, who had been rumored in trade talks in the days leading up to Friday’s deadline, rumors that persisted Friday afternoon. “And then I saw all of your pretty faces [in the media] again around my locker.”

The always-gregarious Hunter, with the Orioles since mid-2011, said he dropped some jokes in with his teammates when saying farewell and acknowledged that being traded once before —from Texas— helped prepare him for Friday’s news.

“There were some great times. Just look at the last four years. Came over in ’11, the crazy thing that happened in ’11 in September…that was probably one of the coolest months I’ve had in baseball,” Hunter said of the O’s late surge in his first taste of Baltimore baseball. “ [2012 we] shocked the world I guess [in making the postseason] and ’13 missing a little bit. And ’14 having that Delmon Young hit [to seal the American League Division Series win over the Tigers], that was probably the loudest stadium I’ve ever been in. A lot of good times here, a lot of friendships made and hopefully they continue through the years.”

Hunter, who goes back to his Texas days with O’Day and Chris Davis, said the toughest part may be for his wife Ellen, who is 7 1/2 months pregnant with the couple’s first child. He planned on going home Friday to talk with her and wasn’t sure when he’d be traveling to meet the Cubs.

“Tommy never has a bad day,” manager Buck Showalter said. “A very infectious personality and he could pitch….He makes it easier with how upbeat he is about it. He was picking us up in there. I know Dom [Chiti] and Dave [Wallace] and I, it’s tough. You through the battles that you go through together, the ups and down, it’s tough to not have that there. There are some other things that it does for the organization.”

First, it frees up some salary as the Cubs will take on the remainder of Hunter’s salary. It also allows the O’s to gain some bullpen flexibility, with the club adding both Mychal Givens and Mike Wright —who both have Minor League options remaining— to the ‘pen for Friday. Lake will report to Triple-A Norfolk.

Hunter, a free agent at season’s end, also didn’t rule out a return to Baltimore next season.

“It’s all about if they want me back I assume,” he said. “There’s not going to be any shut doors. I’m not trying to run, stomp out of here like I didn’t like it. ‘Cuz I loved it.”

Orioles lineup and more trade tidbits

It’s been an incredibly busy day for the Orioles, who traded for Gerardo Parra from the Brewers (for prospect Zach Davies) and traded Tommy Hunter to the Cubs (for outfielder Junior Lake). The O’s also designated Bud Norris for assignment and added Mychal Givens to the bullpen. Mike Wright is also here.

The O’s are set to make another move before the game to add Parra, who is flying into DC and should arrive by game time. Stay tuned.

Wright is another option for the Orioles should Chris Tillman, who rolled his ankle covering first base, not be able to make his scheduled start. Wright was slated to start for Triple-A Norfolk today.

I’ll have plenty more notes and quotes, including some from Dan Duquette, up shortly on Orioles.com. Here’s the O’s lineup…

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Norris on the DFA, his future and why he’ll never forget Baltimore

BALTIMORE— The Orioles designated Bud Norris for assignment on Friday, clearing a roster spot for new outfielder Gerardo Parra and cutting ties with one of their best starters during last year’s American League Championship Series run.

“I never got my mind right, and I’m physically still getting back to where I need to be,” said Norris, who pitched to a 6.79 ERA before being moved to the bullpen.  “I know what I’m capable of. I want to get back to pitching and helping somebody. What happened in 2014 I won’t forget and I will take it with me forever.”

The 30-year-old Norris posted a career-high 15 wins last year, along with a 3.65 ERA . Norris went 8-2 with a 3.27 ERA in 13 second-half starts, helping the O’s win the AL East and earning a start in the AL Division Series. He pitched 6 /13 scoreless innings in the win against the Tigers and took the loss in the Championship Series against the Royals, giving up four runs over 4 1/3 innings as part of the O’s four-game sweep.

“Absolutely I needed to get out of Houston and came over to a great situation where they were playing meaningful games,” said Norris, a Trade Deadline pickup in 2013. “’13 didn’t go the way I envisioned and came back rejuvenated and had an amazing 2014. It was so much fun for the fanbase and the team and I’ll never forget it.”

Part of the O’s Opening Day rotation, Norris never looked in sync this spring and sickness —which caused him to lose considerable weight and go to the disabled list— didn’t help matters. He was moved to the ‘pen and made seven appearances, bringing his line to a combined 2-9 with a 7.06 ERA in 18 games (11 starts) with the Orioles this season.

“I got out of spring, it didn’t go great, wasn’t necessarily worried about that, but couple lopsided starts really inflated my numbers,” Norris said. “The past 2 1/2 years we’ve had six guys for five spots, and Gausman deserves to be in the Major League rotation all the time, not being back and forth from Tripe-A. Ubaldo [Jimenez] had to go last year, but he has a long-term deal. And this year I was kind of the odd man out.”

Norris said he doesn’t want to be a distraction and was planning on heading home to San Francisco to see his family while he waits for the next step. Several teams have expressed interest but it’s up to the Orioles now to determine whether to trade Norris.

“There are eight more free agents in that clubhouse, a lot of moving pieces,” Norris said. “I’m obviously going through some stuff, but I honestly wish them well and hope they can finish strong.”

Os set to acquire Parra, still in on Revere

BALTIMORE— The Orioles are set to acquire Gerardo Parra from the Brewers for right-handed pitching prospect Zach Davies, numerous sources confirmed to MLB.com, a trade that comes hours before the deadline and one that is pending medicals.

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 Friday’s deadline.

Baltimore, which has inquired on a wide array of available outfielders —including Brandon Moss, before he was dealt to St. Louis— needs corner outfield help and the red-hot hitting Parra will be a nice upgrade. The O’s are also still looking at Phillies outfielder Ben Revere, who would fill the other corner outfield spot and put Chris Davis back at first base.

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 will be a free agent this winter.

Davies, whose name first surfaced last night, was ranked as the O’s third-best prospect by MLB.com and pitched at this year’s Futures Game. 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.

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has worked with Melvin on Trade Deadline deals before, trading for Francisco Rodriguez in mid-July 2013.

While Duquette doesn’t have a farm system teeming with high-ceiling prospects, the Phillies asking price on Revere isn’t particularly high and he could pull the trigger on a second deal before the 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Os taking a hard look at Parra

By Brittany Ghiroli and Adam McCalvy

BALTIMORE— The Orioles are one of several teams who have taken a long look at Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra despite Brewers general manager Doug Melvin’s high asking price.

Parra tops the Brewers’ list of pending free agents who could be dealt, though the list of suitors has dwindled this week as teams like the Angels and Cardinals otherwise filled their needs. Baltimore, which has inquired on a wide array of available outfielders —including Brandon Moss, before he was dealt to St. Louis— needs a left-field upgrade though its farm system isn’t exactly teeming with high-ceiling prospects.

And while Triple-A’s Zach Davies —who pitched at this year’s Futures Games— is a name that has surfaced, it’s expected to take much more for Melvin to part with Parra.

“He’s been a pretty good player. Ben Zobrist brought two players back,” Melvin said, referring to the A’s sending Zobrist to the Royals for Minor Leaguers Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea. Manaea, a left-hander, is a top prospect.

“Gerardo’s had a better year than Zobrist but Zobrist has had a better career,” Melvin said. “I think there only two players in the Major Leagues who have hit better than Gerardo since May 1 and that’s [Paul] Goldschmidt and [Jason] Kipnis with Cleveland. He’s been the third-best hitter in baseball since May 1.

“That said, I think what we ask back is the club’s decision. He’s a good player. If we don’t get what we want, he might still be here [Friday night].”

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has worked with Melvin on Trade Deadline deals before, trading for Francisco Rodriguez in mid-July 2013.

Duquette has been adamant that the Orioles are looking to upgrade at the Deadline, though the team has injuries to two of its bigger prospects —Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey— and is unwilling to trade part of its current club, guys like Jonathan Schoop, Manny Machado and Kevin Gausman. There are still some prospects Duquette could package and relievers Tommy Hunter and Brian Matusz are both available and have drawn moderate interest.

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