By Dan Connolly
The Baltimore Sun
7:55 PM EDT, June 20, 2012
Orioles reliever Matt Lindstrom, who has been on the disabled list since May 11 with a partially torn ligament in his right middle finger, will pitch two innings at Double-A Bowie on Friday and one inning on Sunday as part of his minor-league rehab stint.
If everything goes well, Lindstrom could be activated from the DL as early as Tuesday, when the Orioles host the Los Angeles Angels for two games.
Lindstrom, who had a 1.29 ERA in 13 games for the Orioles, allowed one run on two hits in one inning pitched Wednesday for the short-season Class-A Gulf Coast League club.
Around the horn
Left-hander Dontrelle Willis, who had been pitching for the GCL Orioles as he stretched out to be a starter, will make his first start Saturday for Triple-A Norfolk on the road in Toledo. Willis had left the organization temporarily earlier this year because he wanted an opportunity to start. He had been in the bullpen at Norfolk. Jason Berken was originally scheduled to start Saturday for the Tides. ... Right-hander Joel Pineiro, who pitched Tuesday for the GCL Orioles, was dealing with some biceps soreness on Wednesday and will remain in Sarasota with that club for now, Showalter said. ... Jake Arrieta is expected to stay on turn and pitch Sunday for the Orioles. ... Wednesday’s game-time temperature was 94 degrees. ... The Orioles involvement in four consecutive shutouts this week is their longest stretch of that type since they closed the 1995 season with five straight shutout victories. During this current span, the Orioles threw two shutouts against the Atlanta Braves and then were shut out twice by the Mets.
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