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Notes: Orioles place reliever Matt Lindstrom on DL

Needing to make room on the roster for Friday's starter Dana Eveland, the Orioles decided to place reliever Matt Lindstrom on the 15-day disabled list with a right middle finger injury.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after the game that Lindstrom's injury is being classified as a ligament sprain at this time. But the club hopes to get him a MRI on the finger Saturday.

The belief was that the Orioles might have place a pitcher on the disabled list , but that conjecture surrounded starter Jason Hammel, who is dealing with a sore knee.

Instead, it was the other pitcher the Orioles received in February's Jeremy Guthrie deal with the Colorado Rockies that hit the DL.

Lindstrom had a 13-inning scoreless streak as an Oriole snapped in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader, allowing three runs (two earned) in one inning against the Texas Rangers. In the dugout following his outing, athletic trainer Richie Bancells was seen examining Lindstrom's finger, but the right-hander downplayed the injury after the game.

"It was my middle finger. I kind of felt a pop in it, nothing serious at all," Lindstrom told reporters at the time.

Friday's move was announced shortly before game time, so Lindstrom was not available for comment.

To make room for Eveland on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated infielder Zelous Wheeler for assignment. Claimed off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers in March, the 25-year-old Wheeler batted .211 in five games with Triple-A Norfolk and then hit .200 with one homer and seven RBIs in 22 games at Double-A Bowie.

Hammel "definitely" optimistic about starting soon

Hammel, whose Thursday's start was skipped because of right knee soreness, said much of the fluid has drained from his knee and he hopes to throw off a mound Saturday.

If all goes well in that session, Hammel, who is 4-1 with a 2.09 ERA, said he is hopeful he'll be able to start either Monday or Tuesday against the New York Yankees.

"Definitely I am (optimistic)," he said. "Unfortunately it's not always up to me, but I feel pretty good about it."

Luuuuke returns

Luke Scott, who signed with the Tampa Bay Rays this offseason after four years with the Orioles, was back at Camden Yards on Friday.

"I have tremendous memories here, and I take those experiences I had here and I cherish them. I am very thankful for them," said Scott, who was the 2010 Most Valuable Oriole. He was greeted with a smattering of "Luuukes," when he came to the plate in the first inning.

"I had a real good relationship with the fans here, I enjoyed the fans ... so I hope the feeling is mutual," he said.

Heading into Friday, Scott was hitting .247 with seven homers and 22 RBIs in 22 games — all at designated hitter. He is still receiving treatment on his surgically repaired right shoulder and has not been medically cleared to play the field. But he hopes to play first base soon and the club would like to have him available in the outfield by June.

Wada has successful surgery

Lefty Tsuyoshi Wada had season-ending elbow-ligament surgery Friday in California. Dr. Lewis Yocum, who removed bone spurs from Wada's elbow in 2007, performed Friday's surgery.

"The procedure went as planned and Dr. Yocum felt good about how it went. He predicts a full recovery," Wada said in a statement released by the club. "I'm glad to have this over with and look forward to beginning my rehabilitation so I can get back to pitching for the Orioles as soon as possible."

There is no set timetable on when he will return to Sarasota, Fla., to begin his rehab. Wada, who signed a two-year, $8.14-million deal in December, has not thrown a big-league pitch.

Ed Reed takes over Camden Yards

Ravens safety Ed Reed threw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday and also took batting practice and shagged fly balls in the outfield. He threw a hard strike to Brian Matusz, hit a ball to the warning track and threw a ball in from center field to second base on a line during batting practice.

"This was the first time they allowed me to come out and do a little BP and take some fungoes, as they call it," Reed said. "It's something I always wanted to do to kind of bring that feel back – that childhood feeling – where you played every sport. Like I said, it brought me back. Being out there in the outfield, that's where it all kind of started."

Around the horn

Left fielder Nolan Reimold (bulging disk in neck) had an epidural injection in his spine Friday, Showalter said. The club hopes it will alleviate the pain and the numbness in his fingers, but Showalter said it looks unlikely Reimold will be able to return from the disabled list on May 16, when he is eligible. … Rookie Ryan Flaherty's first career homer landed on the flag court on Thursday. He got the ball back to have as a souvenir. He said it only cost him a "couple autograph baseballs." … The Orioles will give away orange sun hats to the first 10,000 women 18 and over to attend Sunday's game.

dan.connolly@baltsun.com

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