Wednesday, Johnson got Chad Tracy to line out to first base on the second pitch of his at-bat, and he and struck out catcher Kurt Suzuki on six pitches before setting down Espinosa on a changeup.
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Catcher Taylor Teagarden will begin a minor league rehabilitation stint today at 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 scheduled to catch nine innings today for the Tides, then catch seven to nine innings Saturday and serve as the DH on Sunday.
Outfielder Nolan Reimold (right hamstring) could go on a rehab assignment next week. He's continuing to improve.
“All of a sudden you come in and you don't feel it,” Showalter said. “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 with Norfolk today. Wada is 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 Sunday, in which he allowed three earned runs in five innings. The Orioles can keep Wada in the minors until June 15, and they likely will.
Around the horn
According to an industry source, the Orioles are one of several teams that have kept tabs on 33-year-old right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, who is 3-4 with a 2.65 ERA in eight starts for the New York Yankees' Triple-A affiliate. Wang can opt out of his minor league contract today — and at the end of each month. He likely would do so only for a major league rotation spot. The Orioles do not appear to be seriously pursuing him at this point. … Norfolk outfielder Lew Ford had sports hernia surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia. It was performed by Dr. William Meyers, who also did Ford's hernia surgery in October. Ford, 36, was batting a combined .228 in 21 games at Norfolk and Double-A Bowie. … Norfolk right-hander Jake Arrieta threw 80 pitches over five shutout innings Wednesday night and allowed just one hit. ... Former Raven O.J. Brigance and his wife, Chanda, were at Camden Yards to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Thursday's game. May is national ALS Awareness month, and on Thursday the Orioles hosted The Brigance Brigade Foundation, which provides assistance for people dealing with the disease, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.