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Good news on Guthrie; Vlad sits; no developments with bullpen coach; Orioles-Nationals lineups

A magnetic resonance imaging taken today on Jeremy Guthrie's sore back revealed just a strain. Guthrie was forced out of Thursday's game in Toronto after just five innings because of back soreness.

"I think the results that we got back today were best-case scenario," Guthrie said. "I actually wasn't worried it was more serious. I felt like it was really tight and possibly a muscle strain, things that time and treatment will take care of."

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At this point, the Orioles are hoping that Guthrie will avoid the disabled list and make his next start Tuesday. Oriioles manager Buck Showalter said that if he didn't make the start, Jason Berken would be a candidate or the club would have to make a roster move. In that case, Brad Bergesen would be the likely option.

Showalter wouldn't rule out that Vladimir Guerrero could play outfield at some point with the Orioles playing in National League ballparks, but tonight won't be that night. Showalter has already met with Guerrero and spoke to him about his plans.

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Orioles President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail said there have has been nothing new in finding a long-term bullpen coach. He also didn't rule out rotating guys in that position. He said that he certainly doesn't want to disrupt the minor league system too much, which would seemingly rule out Triple-A Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin taking that position.

ORIOLES

J.J. Hardy, SS

Nick Markakis, RF

Adam Jones, CF

Matt Wieters, C

Luke Scott, LF

Derrek Lee, 1B

Mark Reynolds, 3B

Robert Andino, 2B

Zach Britton, SP

NATIONALS

Jayson Werth, RF

Ian Desmond, SS

Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

Michael Morse, 1B

Danny Espinosa, 2B

Wilson Ramos, C

Jerry Hairston, LF

Jason Marquis, SP

Roger Bernadina, CF

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