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Taylor Teagarden getting closer to rehab assignment; Pedro Strop to resume throwing

WASHINGTON – Over the past few days, Orioles manager Buck Showalter has spoken optimistically about getting some of the club’s injured players back soon.

“We are hoping to get those four or five guys back at some point soon,” he said Tuesday before the Orioles’ interleague game against the Washington Nationals.

It appears that some of those players are making significant strides. Here are updates on some of the team’s DL players:

-- Right-hander Pedro Strop (lower back strain) said he expected to throw Tuesday for the first time since going on the disabled list Saturday. He isn't eligible to return from the DL until June 8 and will likely need a simulated game or minor league rehab assigment before then.

-- Catcher Taylor Teagarden (left thumb) caught five innings Monday in extended spring training, was at designated hitter Tuesday and is slated to catch seven innings Wednesday. After that, Showalter said Teagarden could go on a minor league rehab assignment. “He’s coming along real well,” Showalter said. “That’s encouraging.”

-- Brian Roberts (right hamstring surgery) is increasing baseball activities in Sarasota. Showalter said he did some tee work on Tuesday. Showalter said he’s encouraged that Roberts would be able to come back at the end of the six-week recovery window. He had the procedure May 9.

-- Designated hitter Wilson Betemit, recovering from a Grade 2/3 PCL tear in his right knee, began throwing today at Sarasota, Showalter said.

-- Triple-A Norfolk infielder Jonathan Schoop, who has been diagnosed with a potential stress fracture in his lower back, is slated to visit back specialist Robert Watkins on Wednesday in California for a second opinion. Schoop is the organization’s No. 3 prospect, behing right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.

-- Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who is also rehabbing in Sarasota from a right oblique strain, continues to progress “little-by-little,” Showalter said. “It’s so hard to handicap that. He’s doing OK.” He has yet to resume throwing.

Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Orioles
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Yamaico Navarro 2B
Kevin Gausman RHP

Nationals
Denard Span CF
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Tyler Moore LF
Roger Bernadina RF
Kurt Suzuki C
Nathan Karns RHP

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