Orioles vs. Mariners

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the O’s will take on Seattle in a three-game series that doubles as the return of Nelson Cruz. I’ll have more from Cruz later.

Lots of injury updates today, including catcher Matt Wieters who will join the team in Miami this weekend to continue his rehab. Wieters will start his rehab assignment for Double-A Bowie next Tuesday and the plan remains for him to join the O’s on June 4. He has still been catching every other day in extended spring.

Kevin Gausman threw 25 times from 60 feet today and will throw from 90 feet on Thursday. He will also go to Miami and will throw batting practice on Saturday in Miami.

Bud Norris, who has been sick and was placed on the disabled list yesterday, will throw for Triple-A Norfolk on the 22nd. The plan is for him to rejoin the rotation after that.

Tyler Wilson, who is here in place of Norris, will be a bullpen option for now although the team still thinks of him long term as a starter.

Orioles vs. Blue Jays lineup and pregame notes

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will take on the Blue Jays for the second game in a three-game set.

The big pregame news is catcher Matt Wieters, who caught nine innings today, is targeting being ready to re-join the team when eligible on June 4. Wieters, who was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Sunday, has yet to catch back-to-back games in extended spring and manager Buck Showalter said today that the club could get Wieters back behind the plate on an every other day basis at first.

As Showalter pointed out, some Wieters is better than none, and Caleb Joseph has played well in his absence. Wieters will definitely be eased in regardless of how frequently he’s able to play when he goes out on rehab assignment as it’s a different speed in the Major Leagues. Speaking of rehab assignments, Wieters could go on one next week. He’s slated to catch nine innings again on Thursday and Saturday and the team hopes he can catch consecutive games before sending him out on rehab.

There’s no word yet on if the O’s will make a roster move but Rey Navarro is here and they are waiting on Ryan Flaherty’s MRI results to be read by a team doctor before determining if he’s going to go back on the DL with a groin injury.

Speaking of MRIs, Kevin Gausman’s came back clean on his right shoulder today and he hopes to resume throwing by the end of the week. The O’s, who plan to have Gausman start at Triple-A Norfolk, are targeting for him to return shortly after his 15-day DL period is up.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Delmon Young RF
Chris Davis 1B
Steve Pearce 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Travis Snider LF
Caleb Joseph C

Chris Tillman RHP

Orioles at Yankees Game 4

Happy Mother’s Day to all. In honor of the holiday, right-handed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez reflected on how glad he is that his mother put education first and you can read that story (with an old school picture) here.

Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman will get an MRI on his right shoulder on Tuesday and will see team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs when the team starts a homestand on Monday. Gausman, who went on the disabled list on Friday with tendinitis, has been on anti-inflammatory medication and reported to feel better today. The team just wants to make sure they know what they are dealing with.

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will catch eight innings in extended spring on Tuesday, followed by nine innings on Thursday and Saturday. The next step is to get him to go back-to-back.

“Once we get through the back-to-back he might head out somewhere, but that’s still a ways away,” manager Buck Showalter said of Wieters, who is coming back from June’s Tommy John surgery.

Everth Cabrera could begin his rehab assignment on Thursday for Double-A Bowie while Jonathan Schoop could begin baseball activities at some point next week.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Delmon Young RF
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Alejandro De Aza LF
Caleb Joseph C
Ryan Flaherty 2B

Bud Norris RHP

YANKEES LINEUP
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

Michael Pineda RHP

Orioles @ Yankees Game 3

It’s weird to not be planning to head home today, but the O’s are in their third of a four-game set against the Yankees before a nice, long homestand. Not a whole lot of pregame news, though Ryan Flaherty –who manager Buck Showalter was concerned about on Friday night– isn’t in the starting lineup after having some groin tightness during the game.

Showalter said Flaherty is still available to play. Adam Jones, who had quite the crash into the wall last night that got him in the upper ribcage area, is in the lineup. Jones felt confident last night he’d play and he said this morning Showalter didn’t even ask him if he wanted to play- he knew the answer.

ORIOLES LINEUP 

Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Delmon Young RF
Chris Davis 1B
Steve Pearce 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Alejandro De Aza LF
Ryan Lavarnway C

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

YANKEES LINEUP

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Chris Young RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Jose Pirela 2B
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew SS
John Ryan Murphy C

Chase Whitley RHP

Gausman headed to DL

The Orioles will place right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman on the 15-day disabled lift with right shoulder tendinitis and are expected to add lefty T.J. McFarland prior to Friday’s game.

“Once he gets out here and he gets warmed up and is throwing he’s fine, but  some of the symptoms he had this morning we didn’t like,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Gausman, who pitched a scoreless inning in the O’s 4-3 loss to the Yankees Thursday night. ” We are going to work it up and make sure everything is OK in there structurally before we continue to pitch him. We had talked about possibly sending him down [to Triple-A] and getting him some starts anyway.

The 24-year-old Gausman has pitched to a 1-0 record and a 4.50 ERA in his first eight appearance and is starting some anti-inflammatory medication that Showalter said typically takes 72 hours to really kick in. The O’s are understandably cautious with Gausman, the fourth overall selection of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, as he’s one of their top young pitchers and is a projected frontline starter.

“That’s a really driving force in a decision like this, we just can’t…getting involved in the free agent market and knowing who we are and who we are not,” Showalter said. “That’s why I talk about the nine or 10 guys between Double and Triple-A that we are excited about. Kevin is one of those guys. You never know what you are going to have next year. These are assets that you can’t afford to abuse in any form or fashion. We’re always going to err on that side. It’s hard to do. I would be very easy to continue with him down there and we’d probably be fine, but I and we don’t want to take any chance with it. I’d rather have him, but we’d also rather have him long term.”

Gausman is 11-12 with a 4.21 ERA in 48 appearances (25 starts) in the Major Leagues. Competing for a rotation spot this spring, the O’s opted to manage his innings and keep Ubaldo Jimenez in the rotation instead.

McFarland had a 1-2 record and a 4.24 ERA in five starts for Norfolk this season. He pitched to a 2.76 ERA in 37 appearances with the Orioles in 2014.

Orioles @ Yankees, Flaherty returns

Greetings from Yankee Stadium, where the O’s will add Ryan Flaherty to the active roster tonight and option Rey Navarro. Nothing has officially been announced yet.

Everth Cabrera had his MRI today and it came back clean on his left foot. He was walking around the clubhouse OK and should be ready as soon as he’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list.

Finally, word out of Norfolk -from the Virginian Pilot- is that T.J. McFarland is on his way to the big league club. No word yet on what that move would be and if the O’s would add him tonight or use today as a taxi squad day for the lefty.

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Miguel Gonzalez RHP
YANKEES LINEUP
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Jose Pirela 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

Adam Warren RHP

Wieters update

NEW YORK— Matt Wieters caught seven innings in an extended spring game on Thursday as he continues to progress toward catching back-to-back.

Wieters will likely take Friday off and manager Buck Showalter said there hasn’t been any setbacks since Wieters started at extended spring.

“He’s had soreness, which is normal,” Showalter said of Wieters, who is rehabbing back from June’s Tommy John surgery. “That’s normal and nothing that’s been in one spot all the time that would be alarming. It’s moved around. It’s not as much as it was, and it’s not often. It’s very normal what goes on in this period. It’s that last step that he’s got to get over before he starts playing [every day].”

Wieters will have to catch back-to-back before going out on rehab assignment and he will essentially have to make up for missing most of Spring Training, meaning he won’t return until at least June. The O’s would like to have him back before the All-Star Break.

Orioles vs. Yankees, Hardy returns

Greetings from Yankee Stadium where the Orioles will be joined by J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty. Flaherty isn’t eligible to come off the disabled list until Friday, but Hardy is in the starting lineup.  Hardy went 4-for-12 with a double and an RBI in three games for Double-A Bowie and said he was OK doing some of the things he was worried about going in.

“Swing and misses, getting fooled on off-speed stuff and letting go with the top hand,” Hardy said of the tests he wanted his left shoulder to pass. “I did that quite a few times, so it was all right.”

Hardy said he will continue to be on a  “pitchers type” of rehab, strengthening the muscles around his shoulder to keep that area healthy. The shortstop, who was hurt at the end of spring, admitted it’s been a much slower process than he originally had anticipated to make his season debut.

“It seemed like it was taking forever,” Hardy said. “I guess six weeks, right? Six weeks tomorrow. Yeah, it definitely took longer than I thought.”

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Delmon Young RF
Chris Davis 1B
Steve Pearce 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Travis Snider LF
Caleb Joseph C

Chris Tillman RHP

YANKEES LINEUP

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregarious SS

Nathan Eovladi RHP

Hardy/Flaherty could rejoin Os this weekend

NEW YORK— Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is making his third rehab start for Double-A Bowie on Wednesday night and manager Buck Showlater said it’s possible the shortstop joins the team in New York on Thursday.

Hardy has been rehabbing along with infielder Ryan Flaherty, who isn’t eligible to come off the disabled list until Friday. Still the pair could travel together and Hardy, who hadn’t played in five weeks, could be nearing his season debut.

“We’ll see how tonight goes. See how it feels,” Showalter said of Hardy, who has been sidelined with a left shoulder strain. “He’s sore in the right places. He’s not having any trouble in his shoulder, knock on wood. If he stayed down there two weeks on rehab, which you really can’t do, you’re going to have to make some adjustments in the big leagues offensively especially. It’s just a part of it.”

Hardy doesn’t have any more tests to pass and his arrival would likely mean the O’s would option infielder Rey Navarro back to Triple-A Norfolk.

“He’s passed everything physically,” Showalter said. “We’d lean on J.J. to a point. There are some things I wouldn’t ask him that he shouldn’t have to decide. It’s not fair to him. When you get to know a guy like we know J.J., he knows what’s needed and expected at this level so he’s very close. We’re just hoping we can get through tonight.”

How the Orioles will clear a roster spot for Flaherty is a lot less clear, as the O’s have a lot of guys out of options and there isn’t a lot of flexibility on the roster.  Showalter said going down a pitcher is an option, though it would be just a temporary one.

Baltimore honoring slain NYPD officer, Os fan

The Orioles, in New York Tuesday to start a slate of six games, plan to have a white home jersey overnighted and signed to present to the family of NYPD officer Brian Moore, who was shot in Queens on Saturday and died on Monday.

Moore, 25, was a big Orioles fan and when the Mets —who honored Moore by wearing NYPD caps in warmups and using police officers to make the national anthem’s color guard—reached out to tell Baltimore that he had an affinity for the team, the O’s acted quickly.

“When you listen to a lot of people talk about him, he was pretty special,” manager Buck Showalter said of Moore. It’s going to be quite a loss.”

The Orioles were also all out for the pregame moment of silence in Moore’s memory. His favorite player, Chris Davis, also signed a baseball for the team. The flags at Citi Field flew half mast on Tuesday.

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