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Showalter's pre-game notes: Hardy OK; Guthrie a little winded; bullpen a moving target

Not a whole lot of news from Buck Showalter's pre-game press conference.

Here are the highlights:

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He doesn't think J.J. Hardy's situation – a tightness in his left side that cost him last night's game – is serious. He called it day-to-day. That said, Showalter said he is leaning toward not playing Hardy today. An official lineup has not been posted.

"It's kind of a day-to-day thing," Showalter said. "I think we might have caught it before."

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If the Orioles are rained out today – and it looks like there is the legendary window which allow the teams attempt to get the game in – it causes even more problems for the Orioles' pitching.

Basically, with Josh Rupe and Jeremy Accardo having extended outings in the past two days, the only real long man available is Jason Berken. If there is a doubleheader on Saturday, the Orioles would certainly have to add a pitcher to the bullpen.

"Andy (MacPhail) and I have been talking a lot – after the game last night and today – about a lot of different plans and contingency stuff," Showalter said. "It's kind of a moving target right now. We'll see how we get out of this game tonight."

If there is a game today, and Zach Britton can't go deep against a tough Texas Rangers lineup, the Orioles will have to add a reliever. The most obvious candidate is lefty Troy Patton, who is on the 40-man roster, didn't pitch for Norfolk on Thursday and has been used as insurance before. Last year, he was called up three times and pitched one game.

Showalter didn't name names, but he said if a move has to be made to add a pitcher, it wouldn't affect the club's bench. The Orioles' reserves, Cesar Izturis, Robert Andino, Jake Fox and Felix Pie, all would have to clear waivers before being sent to the minors, so they will not be involved in this potential move, Showalter said.

Jeremy Guthrie (pneumonia) played long toss outside and threw a side session inside this afternoon. He was "a little winded," Showalter said, but seemed to be OK. A decision on whether he can pitch Sunday, Tuesday or will have to be placed on the DL will be made either tonight or Saturday afternoon.

"As good as can be expected. A little winded, a little weak. He threw the ball OK. It's more of an endurance thing now," Showalter said of Guthrie. "We'll try not to push him too much where he'd have any form of setbacks. I think we'll probably make a definitive call on that after the game. It could be tomorrow, but we'll probably do it after the game tonight."

Showalter also added that Duchscherer (sore hip, back tightness) had the ablation procedure to his back and is feeling better and Matusz (muscle strain) "feels really good today. The last two days have been a real good turn for him." He goes to Sarasota on Monday for the next step in his rehab.

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