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Orioles notes on Tommy Hunter, Jim Johnson, Bryce Harper

Not a lot of news coming out of pre-game interviews with the team and Orioles manager Buck Showalter.

Some highlights:

** Tommy Hunter says he has an “itty, bitty bruise” on his pitching hand after barehanding a sharp comebacker yesterday.

He’s beating himself up for being “stupid,” but says his right hand feels OK. It wasn’t really swollen, so the plan was for him to play catch today. Showalter said Hunter would get an X-Ray on the hand, but it seems like the Orioles dodged a bullet.

** Showalter wasn’t going into whether Jim Johnson was available today. He again stressed the difficulty of changing things up and how that affects so many different things. So, basically, Johnson is still your closer, but maybe not today in a close game. But that would be because of use more than choice. If Johnson is rested, looks like Showalter is sticking with him.

** The Orioles will not see Bryce Harper today and probably not tomorrow. He could possibly DH in Baltimore. Harper aggravated his left knee injury, which he first hurt while running into a wall earlier this month in Los Angeles.

** Kevin Gausman says he is excited to pitch in front of a somewhat friendly crowd tomorrow at Nationals Park. He joked that there were “about five” people in the stands cheering for him in his big league debut in Toronto on Thursday.

** A large Orioles contingent will visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Tuesday. It’s an annual trip to see the wounded warriors that always has an effect on the players and Showalter.

** Today is Miguel Gonzalez’s 29th birthday. He joked that we could write it is his 25th and he’d be OK with that.

Lineups:

Orioles: Markakis 9, Machado 5, Hardy 6, Jones 8, Davis 3, Wieters 2, Pearce 7, Navarro 4. Hammel 1.

Nationals: Span 8, Lombardozzi 4, Zimmerman 5, LaRoche 3, Desmond 6, Moore 7, Bernadina 9, Suzuki 2, Gonzalez 1. 

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