Stockstill headed to Japan to look at Darvish among others; Jones likely back in lineup tomorrow

Here's a couple of quick notes as Brian Matusz and Mark Buehrle are locked in a pitching duel through three innings at U.S. Cellular Field.

Orioles director of player development John Stockstill will head to Japan on Sept. 6, and spend nearly two weeks scouting players. The Orioles want to get a look at five to seven players, according to Stockstill. That list includes heralded pitcher Yu Darvish.

“The idea is to see all the key people a few times,” Stockstill said.

Stockstill is expected to return to the United State around Sept. 19, in time to help run the team’s instructional program, which will be held until Oct. 2 or 3.

In other news, center fielder Adam Jones, who was hit in the back with a Gavin Floyd pitch in the fourth inning in Tuesday’s series opener and later diagnosed with a left shoulder contusion, was held out of the starting lineup tonight. However, Showalter said that he would consider using him as a pinch hitter and he expects him back in the lineup in Thursday’s series finale.

“It hurts, but I can tolerate it,” Jones said.

Reliever David Hernandez (left ankle sprain) threw a bullpen session today in Sarasota and Showalter said that he’s on schedule to throw live batting practice Sept. 1. Hernandez could join Single-A Frederick or Double-A Bowie, if the Baysox make the playoffs, to make a couple of rehab appearances before rejoining the Orioles.

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