Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is not in the starting lineup for the second straight game nursing groin stiffness, but manager Buck Showalter said Machado could be available off the bench this afternoon.
“[He’s] gonna move around a little bit between now and game time, see where we are with it,” Showalter said of Machado. “But I feel good that we may have caught this in its infancy, so to speak, and that he’ll hopefully be a full-go player here shortly.”
-- Even though he was optioned before Friday’s game, right-hander Preston Guilmet is still here on the 24-hour taxi squad and is expected to be recalled when first baseman Chris Davis goes on paternity leave.
Davis’ wife, Jill, is scheduled to be induced Sunday morning. He’s expected to return for Tuesday’s game in Milwaukee.
-- Meanwhile, Showalter indicated that the club will likely make a roster move today to add another infielder in Davis’ absence. That will especially be important with the Orioles heading to play in a National League park in Milwaukee on Monday.
“A couple of irons in the fire, so to speak, that will change some things in the next probably 12 hours,” Showalter said. “So we’re trying to keep all the parts in play.”
Jemile Weeks and Steve Lombardozzi are likely options for the additional infield spot.
-- Reliever Tommy Hunter, on the DL with a groin strain, will not accompany the team on its three-city road trip to Milwaukee, Houston and Texas.
Showalter said he expects Hunter to resume throwing sometime this week, and he would likely need a minor league rehab assignment before coming off the DL.
“Hopefully he’ll be throwing some time during the trip,” Showalter said. “That will come together quickly, I hope. We’re a little cautious because of his history with this injury. He’s had some extended stints with this, and it’s only kind of kicked up once before this past time since he came here, but it was a challenge for him a couple of times in Texas.”
Showalter said he will have more clarity whether Hunter will be able to make his June 5 DL date in the next few days. The Orioles’ third trainer will stay back to attend to Hunter’s treatment.
“Let’s see how the next few days manage,” Showalter said. “I think I’ll have a better idea where we are Monday or Tuesday with him. See if there’s some progress. …. But it’s important in the next few days, through the Milwaukee series, that he stay here and get treated and really stay on top of it.”
-- David Lough, who is 2-for-6 against Indians right-hander Corey Kluber, is not in the starting lineup today. Showalter said he liked Delmon Young’s numbers against Kluber (4-for-9) better and wanted to get Young in the starting lineup.
Kluber lasted just 4 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs and 11 hits in his only previous start against the Orioles on June 27, 2013.
-- With Machado out, J.J. Hardy will hit in the No. 2 spot. Ryan Flaherty will make his second straight start at third base.
-- Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will make his first start against his former team this afternoon.
-- Ravens kicker Justin Tucker will throw out the first pitch before today’s game.
Here are today’s starting lineups:
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Nelson Cruz LF
Steve Clevenger C
Delmon Young DH
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Ubaldo Jimenez RHP
Michael Bourn CF
Mike Aviles 2B
Michael Brantley LF
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
Ryan Raburn DH
David Murphy RF
Carlos Santana 1B
Yan Gomes C
Justin Sellers SS
Corey Kluber RHP