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Pregame Orioles notes on Tillman, Arrieta, Ripken and more

Some notes from Buck Showalter’s news conference this afternoon:

Showalter said Chris Tillman will see Dr. John Wilckens today to have his right elbow re-examined. A MRI showed an inflamed ulnar nerve, but no ligament damage. Tillman said he has had no pain in the elbow since Sunday night; he was taken out of Sunday’s game for precautionary reasons.

If Wilckens clears Tillman, the right-hander will play catch either today or Friday, Showalter said. His regular start has been skipped, but Showalter, at this point, did not rule out Tillman pitching in the four-game Yankee series. Or making a start against Tampa Bay next week.

Jake Arrieta was back in the Orioles clubhouse and will be activated from the minors on Friday. Showalter said. Arrieta, a starter for most of his career, could be in relief or could get a starting assignment. Again, Showalter said, he has several options he can use to manipulate the rotation as the season wanes. Arrieta wasn’t activated Thursday because he has last pitched in the minors on Monday, so they don’t want him to pitch on two days’ rest.

Lefty Troy Patton (ankle) will throw Friday from a flat mound in Sarasota, Fla., and if that goes well, he will throw from a regular mound Monday. The Orioles will set a timetable for Patton’s return after that outing.

Designated hitter Jim Thome (herniated disk in neck) saw a doctor on Thursday and is being slowed down a bit as he tries to ramp up his return. There is no timetable set.

Nick Markakis has a nasty biceps bruise but is playing through it.

Showalter played in the minor leagues against Cal Ripken Jr., who will be honored tonight with a statue at Camden Yards. “Cal was very serious about his trade," Showalter said. "His style was his substance.”

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