After throwing 1 1/3 innings for short-season Single-A Aberdeen last night, Orioles reliever Michael Gonzalez (left shoulder strain) will take two days off and then pitch Friday for Double-A Bowie. He's then scheduled to pitch Sunday and Tuesday for the Baysox before he will be evaluated again.
This means that the earliest Gonzalez would rejoin the club would be Thursday, July 8 in Texas. However, pitching coach Rick Kranitz didn't rule out that Gonzalez might not return until after the All-Star break.
"It could be that," Kranitz said. "It's getting better, but he's been out for so long. You want him to be 100 percent ready."
Kranitz said Jim Johnson will be shut down for about five days after he felt some recurring elbow discomfort while throwing off the mound in Sarasota, Fla.
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said he doesn't consider the latest news on Johnson a serious setback.
"He felt some tightness and some discomfort, and we just backed him off a couple of days," MacPhail said.
In unrelated news, the Orioles have agreed to terms with their 18th-round pick, right-handed pitcher Sebastian Vader out of San Marcos (Calif.) High School. They have agreed to terms with 27 of their 49 selections.