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Interesting developments in nightcap (update)

A few things worth talking about in the back end of this doubleheader.

First, shortstop J.J. Hardy leaving with a left oblique strain is not good news. It could be mild, we don't know yet. And it's obviously the same thing that bothered him on Thursday and caused him to miss two games.

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He called it minor then, but any time the phrase "oblique strain" is mentioned, it is always concerning. Those injuries linger. And they are painful for people who swing a bat for a living. If there is any silver lining, it's that the Orioles have two other middle infielders on the roster in Robert Andino and Cesar Izturis.

So if this a DL situation, the Orioles can call up someone that can help them with another deficiency, such as catcher Craig Tatum or another reliever. The Orioles would love to have Tatum back, so they could use Jake Fox as a pinch-hitter instead of a backup catcher, which is not his strength.

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Chris Jakubauskas warmed up briefly in the third inning of the night game, but didn't enter. Orioles manager Buck Showalter chose to call on Josh Rupe instead. Jakubauskas warmed up again in the sixth, making it highly unlikely he will start Sunday's game. Just don't see that happening now, so you can pencil in Jeremy Guthrie for Sunday (with that subject to change, of course) and Chris Tillman for Tuesday. Still not sure who would pitch Wednesday in New York under that scenario.

Arrieta's eight runs allowed is a career worst. He allowed six hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings. All eight baserunners scored.


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