Orioles manager Buck Showalter provided the following updates during his pre-game session:
Nolan Reimold (hamstring) has progressed to the point that he should be able to go on a minor league rehab assignment when the Orioles head on the road June 17. The Bowie Baysox are home from June 18 to 23, so that would be a possibility.
Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) had his throwing session from a half mound in Sarasota, Fla., on Thursday. He’ll throw from a full mound Saturday. If that goes well, he’ll go with the Orioles on the road to continue his rehab. He’ll throw in front of pitching coach Rick Adair – possibly in Detroit – before the club decides what his next step is. It’s expected he’ll go on a minor league rehab assignment.
Showalter said the club is still talking with lefty Tsuyoshi Wada (left elbow surgery in May 2012) about extending his stay in Triple-A Norfolk. Wada, on a rehab assignment that concludes this weekend, is 1-4 with an 8.14 ERA in six starts. He must give approval to be sent to the minors. The club expects he will.
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Alexi Casilla (right index finger) is improving and the swelling in the finger is subsiding. He played catch and has no trouble swinging right-handed, though left-handed hitting is more difficult. He could be used as a pinch runner.
Steve Johnson (oblique) felt mild improvement for the first time since injuring his left side.
Right-hander Zach Clark, who pitched in one game with the Orioles this year, has been placed on the disabled list at Bowie with a hamstring injury. He’s been in working on a knuckleball while with the Baysox.
One other note to pass on: Orioles get a switch of poison on Sunday. Instead of facing righty Clay Buchholz, who is 9-1 with a 1.74 ERA this season, they’ll get Jon Lester who is 6-3 with a 4.12 ERA. Buchholz is dealing with neck stiffness and will be pushed back.
Sounds like good news except when you consider Lester is 16-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 21 starts against the Orioles.
Red Sox lineup: Ellsbury 8, Victorino 9, Pedroia 4, Ortiz DH, Napoli DH, Nava 7, Saltalamacchia 2, Middlebrooks 5, Drew 6. Doubront 1.
Orioles lineup: McLouth 7, Machado 5, Markakis 9, Jones 8, Davis 3, Wieters 2, Hardy 6, Valencia DH, Flaherty 4. Gausman 1.