Catcher Taylor Teagarden will begin a minor league rehab stint Friday at Triple-A Norfolk and will be re-evaluated at the end of the weekend.
Teagarden, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb injury, is slated to catch nine innings Friday for the Tides, then catch seven to nine innings Saturday and serve as the DH on Sunday.
“He could continue on the rehab, see how it’s going,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “We’ll wait and see how those three days go but it was time for him to get out of there.”
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Other Orioles pregame notes:
-- Outfielder Nolan Reimold (right hamstring) could go on a rehab assignment next week. He’s continuing to improve. “It’s not some little by little,” Showalter said. “All of a sudden you come in and you don’t feel it. So he’s getting close to that. If it happens over the weekend, I’d love to thinks he’s going to take some at bats.”
-- Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada (Tommy John surgery) is scheduled to make his fourth minor league rehab start in Triple-A Norfolk on Friday. Wada is currently 0-2 with a 5.54 ERA, having allowed 13 hits and nine runs over 13 innings, but Showalter said Wada made strides in his most recent start on Sunday (5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K). The Orioles can keep Wada in the minors until June 15 and likely will. “You’d like to take as much time as possible, considering how much time he’s had off,” Showalter said. “I think his next couple starts will be key.” Showalter said at this point he sees Wada as a starter.
-- Right-hander Jake Arrieta was held to 80 pitches pitching for Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday night. In his first start since going 6 2/3 innings on May 7, Arrieta threw five shutout innings and allowed just one hit.
Here are tonight’s starting lineups:
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Steve Pearce DH
Freddy Garcia RHP
Denard Span CF
Roger Bernadina RF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche DH
Ian Desmond SS
Tyler Moore LF
Chad Tracy 1B
Kurt Suzuki C
Danny Espinosa 2B
Dan Haren RHP