By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun
9:00 PM EDT, June 26, 2012
Orioles reliever Matt Lindstrom has to wait one more day to come off the disabled list as the club reshuffles its pitching staff.
Lindstrom, fresh off a scoreless, one-inning outing at Double-A Bowie on Sunday, was back in the Orioles clubhouse Tuesday, hoping doctors would clear him to pitch.
But Lindstrom, who has been on the disabled list since May 11 with a partially torn ligament in his right finger, was not activated despite feeling healthy. The original belief was that he would come off the DL when lefty Dana Eveland was placed on paternity leave Tuesday.
Eveland's wife had their son, Asher Perry, on Saturday night, allowing Eveland to leave the team Sunday and come back on Tuesday evening without the club having to make a roster move. That put Lindstrom in brief limbo.
"I would think, probably, we'll activate Matt [Wednesday], I think," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "That's the plan anyway."
Although he wouldn't go into specifics, Showalter said it wasn't guaranteed that the club will swap a pitcher with a pitcher when the move is made. That means that a position player, such as infielder/outfielder Steve Tolleson, could be sent out Wednesday. If it's a pitcher, the most likely candidate would be Tommy Hunter, who had his last start skipped and is currently in the bullpen.
Hunter, though, is likely the leading candidate to start Saturday against the Cleveland Indians, a spot that is currently listed as "to be announced" with Jake Arrieta starting Friday and Brian Matusz scheduled to start Sunday.
Showalter said Saturday's starter likely will come from the 25-man roster — Eveland also could be a possibility — but he didn't rule out promoting someone from the minors. Miguel Gonzalez, who allowed just one run in six innings Monday for Triple-A Norfolk, would be on regular rest. The Orioles would have to make another roster move in that scenario.
That would become more of an option if Hunter had to be used extensively Tuesday in relief. At this point, Showalter said there is no sense in speculating.
"I've learned through the years to kind of let those things play out," Showalter said.
Lindstrom, who had a 1.29 ERA in 13 games for the Orioles, pitched four games in rehab, two each at with the Gulf Coast League team and Double-A Bowie, compiling a 4.15 ERA.
He said he is healthy and can throw all of his pitches.
"Everything went well with my rehab, everything is feeling better," Lindstrom said. "The biggest hump to get over was throwing the ball without any hesitation in the back of your mind, like feeling anything like that, and before I left Florida we got over that hump."
Markakis still not swinging
Right fielder Nick Markakis, who had surgery June 1 to remove part of the hamate bone in his right wrist, was hoping to swing a bat Tuesday. But he was not cleared to do so.
"It's frustrating, but that's the time the body needs to heal up," Markakis said. "It's a matter of it healing up and getting the incision closed up all the way. It's close, a couple more days, hopefully, we'll see."
Markakis said his new timetable for swinging is Friday. He then would have to go on a minor league rehab assignment before returning to the Orioles. When asked if he thought he could be back before the first-half ends July 8, he said, "absolutely."
Showalter said the earliest Markakis would join the team would be July 5 at the Los Angeles Angels — the Orioles' final series before the All-Star break.
"It's gonna be close on the All-Star Break," he said. "I don't see us getting him back before the Anaheim series at their place."
Reynolds 'ambivalent' about DH
Mark Reynolds started at designated hitter Tuesday for the 11th time this season and just the first time since May 28, his first day activated from the disabled list. Wilson Betemit started his seventh game of the season at first base.
Reynolds, who had been shifted from third base to first, has never been a fan of DHing, asking Showalter last year if he could eschew the position for the field, which kept him more focused.
"I don't think I've ever come across somebody who is completely comfortable with it. That's part of that spot," Showalter said. "I had a couple that were a lot more comfortable DHing. But Mark and I have talked about it. He said whatever best fits to help the club, he is in. Outfield, he said anything."
Reynolds, who has made nine errors this season, echoed those statements Tuesday.
"I don't care. I have an ambivalent view of the DH," Reynolds said. "Pretty much our lineup shuffles every day except the first three spots. Guys are just chipping in and doing whatever they can. That's what we do."
Around the horn
Showalter said the doctor who removed the herniated disk in left fielder Nolan Reimold's neck Monday was "really upbeat" about how the surgery went. Reimold is likely out for the season. … The Orioles announced the signing of 26th rounder, Santa Clara University outfielder Lucas Herbst, and undrafted free agent Kris Richards, a UNC-Greensboro infielder. The Orioles have signed 23 of their 40 draft picks. … Catcher Joe Velleggia, a Calvert Hall graduate and Monkton resident, was promoted from Short-A Aberdeen to Low-A Delmarva. … Infielder Brandon Waring moved from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk, presumably taking the roster spot of Miguel Tejada, who received his release Monday. ... LHP Jamie Moyer, who was released Saturday, signed a minor-league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. … The Orioles will unveil Earl Weaver's statue Saturday at a 2:15 p.m. ceremony. All gates at Camden Yards will open at 2 p.m.
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