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Orioles notes: Activation imminent for Joey Rickard; routine day off for J.J. Hardy

Orioles notes: Activation imminent for Joey Rickard; routine day off for J.J. Hardy

Outfielder Joey Rickard is on track to be activated from the disabled list Friday, a move that would give the Orioles their full complement of bench players back but could shorten the pitching staff in the process.

Rickard played designated hitter in both halves of a doubleheader at Low-A Delmarva on Wednesday, going 1-for-3 in each. He was supposed to play left field in the second, but the field conditions were too wet and slick, manager Buck Showalter said.

Asked whether he’d be activated Friday, Showalter said, “That’s the plan, but we’ll see what transpires tonight and tomorrow.”

After Wednesday's extra-inning win over the Tampa Bay Rays, the Orioles optioned...

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