** Miguel Gonzalez, currently on the disabled list with a blister on his thumb, will play catch today and if things go well could pitch in a minor league rehab game Thursday, likely at Bowie, and be a legitimate candidate for the currently “to be announced” spot in the rotation Tuesday against the New York Yankees.
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** Orioles manager Buck Showalter would not confirm that Saturday’s TBA spot against the Tampa Bay Rays will be filled by right-hander Jair Jurrjens. He would only say Jurrjens is “one of the candidates” to take the spot. But really that seems like Buckspeak, for “we’re not announcing that yet.”
Jurrjens, who is 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA in eight starts at Triple-A, was scheduled to start Saturday for Norfolk, but the Tides currently list that starter as TBA.
“We have some good candidates internally and we have some qualified pitchers who have experience. Jurrjens has pitched well in Triple-A,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. “He’s thrown his pitches for strikes, and he’s ironed out his delivery. He’s a qualified major leaguer and he’s pitched well for us at Triple-A.”
** Jake Arrieta, who skipped his last turn at Norfolk on Sunday because of shoulder tightness, threw a bullpen today. Arrieta is expected to make his start Friday assuming the side session goes well. Friday’s starter at Triple-A is also listed as TBA.
** Chen will remain with the team until May 21, when he heads to Sarasota, Fla., to continue his rehab. Showalter would not put a timetable on Chen’s return but considering he’s not allowed to pick up a ball for two weeks, it’s more likely Chen will be out three to four weeks than be eligible to come off shortly after the 15-day period expires.
** Tsuyoshi Wada, who had Tommy John elbow surgery last May, will make his first injury rehab start for Norfolk at Lehigh Valley on Thursday afternoon. He can be in the minors for 30 days before the Orioles have to make a decision on recalling the 32-year-old lefty.
** Brian Roberts, who had hamstring surgery last week, is riding a stationary bike in Sarasota as part of his rehab. He’ll be out for at least six weeks, likely longer.
** Taylor Teagarden is hoping to get the splint off his dislocated left thumb on Thursday.